Suggested Training for Clinical Research Coordinators

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The Clinical Trials Operations (CTO) Training team conducts regular, in-person training courses for Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) of all levels. In particular, new CRCs are strongly encouraged to sign up for CTO Foundations, which are courses focused on basic knowledge beneficial for new staff as they start their clinical research career at UCSF. Please visit the CTO Training webpage for course information and schedules. Register via the UC Learning Center.

Please review the Suggested Training for Clinical Research checklist created for CRCs, PIs and other research support staff at UCSF, both for onboarding and ongoing training. The checklist includes various training materials currently available, recommended and as needed items for each type of research (behavioral, observational and interventional).  The specific trainings that you require will vary based on what types of clinical research projects you are working on. While this general list is a good starting place, we recommend that you speak to your Division/Department administrator, Principal Investigator and/or supervisor to see which topics are most important.

This educational resource is designed for both new and experienced CRCs, and other clinical research staff at UCSF who are seeking training resources, including written material, classes and computer based learning modules. 

CRCs are responsible for the organization, coordination, and overall integrity of a research project with humans. Principal and co-investigators provide the overall direction in a clinical study, but CRCs have significant roles in clinical study activities, including Clinical Trial Study Start-Up.

Please review the recently posted Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Job Series.

We recommend that Coordinators who are new to UCSF visit Resources for New Coordinators for general institutional information.