Principal Investigator Training

Advanced Principal Investigator Physician Certification (APIPC)™

Industry-Recognized PI Training I Modifiable courses based on prior experience I On-Demand I 17.5 CME I 100+ Modules (only review those you don't know) I GCP Complaint I Instant Enrollment I 1 Day to 2 Weeks for Certification
Principal Investigator Training

Online Principal Investigator Training Program

CCRPS offers online principal investigator training to physicians interested in beginning a career as a PI or advancing their trial efficiency & outcomes. The principal investigator training course is designed for physicians seeking advanced review and understanding to assist in obtaining the knowledge needed for initial PI roles.
Online principal investigator training program

Principal Investigator Certification

Principal Investigator Roles And Responsibilities In Clinical Research

PI principal investigator is responsible for the preparation, conduct, and completion of the research or project being funded by a grant or sponsor. This is increased by having additional educational training such as through CCRPS’s Advanced Principal Investigator Physician Certification (APIPC)™. Principal Investigator Salary ranges between $37k to $279k as additional salary.
Role of Principal Investigator in Clinical Research

Advanced Principal Investigator Certification

  • Accredited

    CCRPS courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Research & Education (ACCRE) and jointly accredited with PIMED by the American Medical Association (AMA) to provide 17.5 CME credits for physicians. ICH GCP and E6 certification (required Q3 years) is provided and recognized through meeting Transcelerate BioPharma requirements.

  • Improve selection, efficiency, & outcomes

    While certification is not required for PIs to conduct trials, PI-sponsors and organization sponsors can show sponsors that PIs receive therapeutic-specific education and content-backed certification. Most broadly, training can be another quality initiative to prevent trial errors. Because PI certification through examination requires at least 3k hours of experience, physicians in our online principal investigator training program seek this course to assist in their positions as a PI.

  • Physician-created

    We teach in-depth with modules covering things like developing inclusion-exclusion criteria, writing protocols, etc. Our focus is on including multiple practical references, applications, and perspectives such that PIs can feel more comfortable making critical decisions in the trial. With CCRPS training physicians and PIs can function as a certified principal investigator.

Pay in installments

CCRPS offers multiple payment options to suit every budget – pay in a single installment or choose a monthly payment plan with no interest or credit check.

Succeed as a Principal Investigator

  • Protect subject safety: Protect subjects from harm, Keep track of drugs and distribute only as specified in the protocol, Obtain informed consent, Ensure IRB approval, Keep careful records and maintain them for as long as the protocol dictates or at least 2 years AND

  • Report: Progress, safety, financial, and a final report to the study sponsor, Adverse events; serious adverse events must be reported immediately, Update financial disclosures if any circumstances change during the study AND

  • Follow Form 1572: Strictly adhere to the protocol, Directly supervise the study and take responsibility for study staff, Inform subjects of experimental nature of the drug products, Report adverse events and stay updated on the investigational brochure, Maintain records, Ensure IRB compliance AND

  • Prepare for FDA inspections: Ensure all records are complete and easily accessible by FDA, Send a written response within 15 business days if any violations are found AND

  • Avoid violations: Read all communications from the IRB, Hire experienced staff and verify their credentials, Train staff regularly, Check for conflicts of interest/financial disclosures regularly, Write efficient protocols or reduce inefficiencies or confusing portions of the protocol, Keep regulatory binders up to date and conduct continuing reviews, Meet with the team regularly, Conduct several dry runs to ensure the study will run smoothly, Regularly check data processes

Principal Investigator Training

Advanced Principal Investigator Physician Certification (APIPC) Syllabus

  • 1


    • Accreditation Statement

    • CME Handout - How to Obtain 17.5 CME Credits through AMA/ACCME

    • Principal Investigator Toolkit

    • How to Effectively Use this Course

  • 2

    The Role of the Principal Investigator

  • 3

    Clinical Trial Design & Protocol

    • Advanced Review of Phases of Clinical Trials (Preclinical & Phase 0-4)

    • Advanced Designs of Clinical Trials

    • Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee (IRB/EC) (Requirements, sIRB, Application, Exemptions, Expedited Review, Continuation, and Reporting)

    • Randomized Controlled Trials (Randomization, Allocation Concealment, Validity, Blinding, Controls, Outcomes, Fidelity)

    • The Clinical Trial Protocol - Advanced Mastery Review

    • Protocol Deviations and Violations (Major, Minor, Exceptions, Resolution)

    • Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria in Clinical Research (Writing, Assessing for Broad vs. Narrow, Organ Dysfunction, Older Adults, Pediatrics, Pregnant Women)

  • 4

    Documents & Informed Consent

  • 5

    Adverse Events

    • Advanced Review of Adverse Events

  • 6

    Site Visits and Audits

    • Types of Monitoring Visits (Selection, Initiation, Routine, Close-Out)

    • Site and Investigator Selection Criteria (Process, Criteria, Investigator Selection, Agreements, Decision-Making)

    • Site Selection/Qualification Pre-Study Visit (SSV/SQV) (Before, During, After, Letters, Checklists, and Report)

    • Site Initiation Visit (SIV) (Before, During, After, Letters, Checklists, and Report) - Review from "Types of Monitoring Visits"

    • Routine/Interim/Periodic Monitoring Visit (RMV/IMV/PMV) (Before, During, After, Remote, Letters, Checklists, and Report)

    • Site Close Out Visit (Before, During, After, Early Termination, Letters, Checklists, and Report)

  • 7

    Patient Safety, Recruitment, and Compliance

  • 8


    • Self-Assessment MiniQuiz 1

    • Self-Assessment MiniQuiz 2

    • Self-Assessment Quiz A

    • Self-Assessment Quiz B

    • Final Quiz

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, we have the answers.

  • Who can I contact with questions or for help with the course?

    You can email us at or instantly ask questions through the orange 24/7 chat box on your left-hand side to get in touch with one of our experienced course representatives. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • What is a PI?

    A Principal Investigator is the primary individual responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of a research grant, cooperative agreement, training or public service project, contract, or other sponsored project in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and institutional policy governing the conduct of sponsored research.

  • What does a PI need to run a trial?

    -Examination rooms for conducting physicals and discussions with study subjects. -Office equipment such as a computer with high speed internet access, fax machine, and telephone for patient scheduling and study correspondence. -Phlebotomy and laboratory shipping materials storage area. -A locked storage area for study materials and study medication. -A locking calibrated refrigerator and freezer for lab samples (and potentially for study medication). -Adequate working space for on-site visits from sponsor representatives or regulatory authorities. -A secure storage area for archiving study records per regulatory requirements.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is fully self paced and be completed in as little as 2 week or over the course of a few months to cover all of the marerial. We like to provide comprehensive training materials so PIs can reference them at a later point but certification only requires the completion of self assessments, thus, certification can be completed as quickly as the assessments and self-review.

  • Is this Certification Accredited?

    Yes! CCRPS courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Research & Education (ACCRE) and jointly accredited with PIMED by the American Medical Association (AMA) to provide 17.5 CME credits for physicians.

  • What is the exam retake policy?

    Students have 2 attempts to take the exam. If both attempts fail, students are still able to retake after a more thorough review of the course material.

  • How do I study for this course?

    This course is extensive but that does not mean you need to review it like we may have for First Aid during Step 1. The course contains multiple checklists and references to help you get multiple angles of learning in order to understand the big picture of making the trials you run more efficient and successful. At the end of the course, you should no memorize everything. Instead, run through this course and stop at checklists to see how they could be applied to your prior/future trials. Discussions are enabled so you can have a "social" way of jotting down notes to keep you engaged. Online learning is tough, but this course should give you the references, checklists, and broad overview you may need to improve your trial (not remotely memorize protocols and document names). i.e. Look at images and diagrams to see what aspects pertain to you. Mark modules or screenshot checklists that you may want to use with your study coordinator. In order to finish the course, you should skim each module and stop are parts that pertain to issues you may have with running the trial. Then take the mandatory final quiz to get certified. You can then get your 17.5 CME credits as well.

  • When should I take the ACRP PI Certification Exam?

    CCRPS is not affiliated with ACRP but our PI course over the same industry-accepted topics as the ACRP PI certification exam to serve as an optional review course while gaining 17.5 CME credits. While the ACRP PI exam is not required, outside of this course/certification it can be another asset in getting more sponsors/funding once you have 3,000 hours of experience. Before you start the course, you should review the ACRP PI Exam Outline so you can use it to a) study the key concepts agreed upon by the industry during this course and also b) simultaneously prepared to sit for the ACRP PI exam.