The certificate has been designed to be relevant and meaningful for anyone who works in the clinical trials environment. It is also valuable to individuals with clinical, science, or health-related backgrounds wishing to advance their career or transfer into projects with a clinical trials focus.

The certificate begins on September 19, 2018 and concludes on January 23, 2019.

In-person days will be held in Calgary on September 19-20, 2018 and in Edmonton on January 23, 2019. The in-person days will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm MST and are mandatory for completion of the Certificate.

Online sessions will be held on Thursdays from 12:00pm – 1pm MST. This is for synchronous sessions only – asynchronous material is completed at the learner’s convenience.

All learners will require a laptop, headset with a microphone, and the ability to connect to the internet.

The full cost of the certificate is $1500. Subsidization is available for Alberta learners to substantially reduce the financial burden and support capacity development of clinical trial staff in Alberta. Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit subsidization will reduce the learner cost to $300. Proof of Alberta residency may be requested.

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field or have equivalent experience in health or health research. While the content may be more challenging for an individual not yet working in the field of clinical trials, it may provide a career advantage for those who are willing to put in the work and seeking to apply to clinical trials positions.

The content is well suited for individuals in the early years of their work in clinical trials, but is valuable for anyone looking for a comprehensive review of clinical trial regulations and conduct, while offering the connection to patient-oriented research. This is the first clinical trials training in Canada to make this connection and is valuable for anyone in this field.

Enrolment in the certificate is limited. Registration for the Fall 2018 session is now open! Please follow the instructions on the How To Apply page. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Attend all 3 in-person days (2 days at the start and 1 day at the conclusion of the certificate)
  • Weekly participation in online discussions
  • Completion of assignments as per the course outline
  • Attend and participate in 80% of the live online sessions
  • Present final assignment in person at end of certificate

This certificate is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants can claim up to a maximum of 56 study credits.

To claim your credits: Visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes.

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) accepts documentation of candidate participation in continuing education programs for recertification if the program is applicable to clinical research regulations, operations or management, or to the candidate’s clinical research therapeutic area. This program offers 56 hours of CE credit.

Read more about SoCRA continuing education credits.

The certificate is a unique opportunity to connect and network with a wide variety of Alberta experts in all aspects of clinical trial research. Learners will also benefit from the knowledge and experience of one another, while creating relationships that expand their professional network across the province.

The Certificate Leads & Staff are also working on an additional feature for graduates of the Certificate to be connected with PI’s and Team Leads across the province who are seeking individuals with this type of experience. Already, we have had the opportunity to connect a Certificate learner from our pilot cohort with a PI seeking a coordinator with knowledge of patient-oriented research. We will expand this aspect of the program over the next few months – stay tuned!

While the mandate of the AbSPORU Platforms is to provide training specifically for Alberta learners, much of the content is applicable to other provinces or jurisdictions. For modules or presentations with a strict Alberta component, out of province learners will be provided with a supplemental module containing self-directed learning activities that will focus on similar material related to their geographic location.

A registration refund will be made upon written request no later than 10 business days prior to the certificate start date. A $50 non-refundable fee will be retained for administrative costs. Cancellations made after the 10th business day prior to the certificate start date will be ineligible for a refund.

NOTE: Refunds are processed only on the return of original receipt. All receipts must be returned within 30 days of certificate start date.