PharmaSchool Online Course: Ultimate CRA Development

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Ultimate CRA Development
Price: $268  
Price Includes: Course Manuals (1 per module of the package), Self Assessments, Examinations per module (and retake if required), Certificate per module, Final Overall Examination & Certificate  
Satisfaction Rating by Users: 4.6 out of 5

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Details of the Course: Ultimate CRA Development


This programme has been developed to provide a complete, cost-effective training package for those new to the CRA role or looking to move into this role in the near future. The programme consists of 5 modules which follow on from one another in a logical sequence. Each module is stand alone but together they provide the knowledge of various aspects of the role to enable effective performance as a CRA. This Package has been used by individuals across the world and many have secured a job role as a CRA/Monitor on completion of the modules


A certificate is awarded for each module and once all five modules have been taken an additional examination is required and then a certificate for completion of the programme is awarded. PharmaSchool has a global reputation in the Clinical Research community and the certificate of completion of this programme demonstrates sound knowledge of clinical trials and a commitment to excellence.


ES1 – Introduction to Clinical Research (more info)

Getting a new pharmaceutical product to market involves a large amount of investment and a great deal of time. The module introduces the pharmaceutical industry and provides an informative overview of the stages of developing a new pharmaceutical product. The module then looks at the stages involved in the clinical testing of the new product by explaining the different types of clinical trials, the different phases of trials and the personnel involved in clinical research.

ES22 – 2019 ICH GCP R2 Certificate (more info)

There are a wide range of guidelines and regulations in clinical research. This module introduces the background and history to clinical research guidelines and regulations and explains the difference between a guidelines and a regulation. The module progresses by looking in detail at the relevant guidelines and regulations and provides an essential foundation for the CRA.

ES3 - Clinical Trial Designs (more info)

There are numerous related components that make up a clinical trial design. These range from the data to capture, the number of patients, randomisation and blinding through to matters such as whether the trial is looking to show equivalence or a difference between treatment groups. This online module goes through the various components and details the various aspects and considerations of each one. The module explains among other matters the difference between parallel group and cross over trials, single, double and triple blinding, sample size considerations, and difference vs non-inferiority.

ES4 – Monitoring (more info)

There are numerous tasks that a monitor must be able to fulfil within their role, these range from selecting, initiating, routine monitoring and closing out sites through to managing investigators, building relationships and problem solving. There are a multitide of regulations and guidelines that a monitor needs to be aware of whilst fulfilling their role. This module blends theory together with practical hints and tips to provide an essential course for a new or potential CRA/Monitor.

ES5 – Essential Documents (more info)

There is a saying in clinical research that “if it's not documented it didn't happen”. This means that documentation is critical to the trial and setting up and maintaining good files is a key part of running and clinical trial. This module covers all the documents required for regulatory purposes along with practical information on the files needed and how to set up and maintain these files. It also covers the requirements for archiving clinical trial documentation.

Overview of PharmaSchool Online Modules

Over 10,000 users have completed PharmaSchool Online Modules & Packages. They are globally recognised as providing cost effective, high quality and relevant training and certification to new and existing clinical researchers. The modules have been used in over 50 countries by the full range of clinical research and clinical trial roles.

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Individiual Development Packages

For individuals who are looking to develop the skills necessary to become a CRA, a CTA or an SSC a development package is an ideal solution. Development Packages are combinations of the individual PharmaSchool Modules. Each module within a package has an individual examination and certificate together with an overall examination on completion of the Package.

Ultimate CRA Development
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About PharmaSchool Online Learning

Each module consists of two components: Course Manual and Learning Management Centre (LMC). If you already have purchased online modules you can login to your account by clicking here.

Course Manual & LMC

The Course Manual provides the information for the module. This Manual is designed to be used as the core component of each Module. The Manual is organised into chapters that will take around 2 hours each to complete. Once you have read a chapter you will then be directed to the online LMC. The LMC contains links to websites that are referenced in the Course Manual, Self Tests to test your understanding of the material, model answers, a Q&A section and the examination. The manual is available in pdf format. This means it can be downloaded and printed and therefore allows you to study away from your computer as well as enable you to make notes, highlight sections and quickly access information when needed.


Once you have completed the module you can take the examination. The examination is in multiple choice format. You have 90 seconds to answer each question. You can access each question just once. You may pause the examination after any question.


Once you have completed the exam you will be able to download your certificate and print if desired. The certificate will include PharmaSchool's unique Certificate Verification Code (CVC) which will enable inspectors, auditors and prospective employers to verify the authenticity of your course.

Feedback from Users

"Great Module. I enjoyed while studying the Course Material. Thank you very much to Pharmaschool." (ES1)

"Very informative, well balanced and excellent resources." (ES3)

"Overall a very good course with the right amount of content and a modular design that meant it was easy to pick up and put down over several days study." (ES2)

"It was fantastic study and I have gained alot and very confident and happy to be clinical research nurse." (ES2)

"Very nice course, hardcopy manual really easy to follow, excellent links. I am really impress that the examinations are fair in the level of difficulty." (ES5)

"I found the course and accompanying tests and exam nicely challenging and a huge help in understanding what is actually in the documents referenced - challenges what I thought I knew." (ES6)

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Can I purchase a corporate license for a group of people: Multiple Users from £25/$37/€30

You can contact PharmaSchool to ask for a proposal to meet your organisation’s needs. We currently work with organisations who have purchased from 10 modules up to over 2000 modules from us.

If you are an organisation wishing to buy online learning modules for a groups of your staff or investigators then the Corporate Purchase Schemes start from just £25/$37/€30 per module per user. Unlike many schemes that offer a discount based on how many modules are purchased at a single point in time, the PharmaSchool scheme offers discounts for purchases over a period of time. This means that our customers can obtain a discount for the initial purchase and then any further modules added into the scheme afterwards will attract the same discount or more. The discount thresholds are cumulative so once the next discount level is reached (based on total number of modules in the scheme) all subsequent purchases will attract the new discount level.

Our unique Customer Participant Management Centre allows the lead user to assign modules to users, review progress, monitor the average examination scores across all users as well as access certificates.

We have a wide range of Corporate Users including Pharma, Biotech, CROs, Contract Manufacturing, Health Service providers and Investigational Sites.

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Customers can purchase a fixed number of unnamed participant access accounts

Allocating people to a modules

A Customer Participant Management Centre (CPMC) is set up for the customer. The CPMC provides an easy to use self managed system to allocate new participants to the Flexible Online Learning Modules and also allows the lead user to review the examination results achieved by each participant.

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How do I purchase modules?

The process is straightforward.

Shopping Basket

Firstly you fill your basket with which modules you would like to purchase. You can do this by either viewing the basket from the link on the right hand side or by going into each module description and again adding the module to your basket.

Once you have filled your basket you then need to checkout. You can again do this from the link on the right hand side.

Input Details

Complete the details of the person who will be taking the modules and you will then be shown your order screen. Make a note of the invoice number and access number as these will allow you to return to the order at a later date and to check the status of the order.


At this point you can choose to pay online using the Secure PayPal System or you can print the invoice and mail that to PharmaSchool with a cheque.

If you pay online as soon as you have completed the payment you will have access to the online components and if you have elected for electronic course manuals these will be available immediately.

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Do I get a certificate?

Yes. The format of your certificate will depend on how you elected to receive the course manual.

If you elected for an electronic course manual then you will be able to download your certificate on completion of your examination.

If you elected to receive a hard copy course manual then you will receive a certificate with your manual. When you have successfully completed the examination you will be given a Certificate Validation Code (CVC). This CVC will be added to your certificate. The CVC allows auditors, inspectors or managers to verify the authenticity of the certificate using the Online CVC Checker.

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Can I pay in other ways

There are three ways you can pay.

  1. Payment by credit card online or by PayPal online
  2. Print off and post the invoice along with a cheque
  3. Your organisation can be invoiced directly – if you enter your purchasers details for the invoice then you can print the invoice and pass to them for payment. Alternatively you can e-mail us at to request an invoice.

Payment by credit card will result in the most rapid access to the modules as we are unable to grant access or dispatch manuals until payment has been received.

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Is there an examination?

Yes. At the end of each module an examination is required in order to validate your certificate. The examination consists of multiple choice questions and is accessed via the link in the bottom right hand corner of the Learning Management Centre page for the module. The way the examination works is as follows:

  • Once you elect to begin the exam you are presented with the first question. You have 60 seconds to answer the question.
  • Once you have submitted your answer to a question you will not be able to access that question again – this is to preserve the integrity of the exam.
  • You can quit the exam at any time and return to the point at which you left it at a later time. This is to allow for interruptions such as telephone calls.
  • When you complete the exam you will be presented with your Certificate Verification Code, which you should enter onto your certificate. You will also be given your score for the exam.

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How long do I have to take the course

You have access to the online components of the module for 1 year from the purchase date. If you find yourself unable to complete the module in that time please contact us and we will discuss alternative arrangements with you.

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Will the Courses help me get a job?

Our Online Courses are used throughout the World by individuals and organisations including Pharma, Biotech, CROs, Healthcare Providers, Academic Institutions and Investigational Sites. Feedback is always positive from individual users and many have gone on to secure a position within the industry of their choice. Recent feedback includes:

"Dear Pharmaschool, I finished module 1, pass the exam, got the certificate and finally got the job I wanted! THANK YOU! I am continuing my modules with great pleasure, and I have nothing but words of praise for you"

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Why is it called Flexible Online Learning

Many of the eLearning options available have limitations which can lead to frustrations. These limitations include:

  • difficulty reading and learning from the screen
  • inability to make notes and highlight points of interest on screen
  • ability to take tests/exam numerous times until achieving a pass mark
  • lack of tangible documentation at end of course

By including the option of a hard copy manual, PharmaSchool Flexible Online Learning addresses these issues by basing each module around 2 key elements, the Course Manual and the Learning Management Centre. The Course Manual provides written information and instructions for the module. This is supplemented by the Learning Management Centre which provides online self assessment exercises, essential links, online dictionary and a question and answer forum. In order to receive a certificate for the module an online examination is taken at the end of the module.

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Do I get a discount if I buy more than one module?

Yes. A multiple purchase discount will be applied to your shopping basket if you purchase more than one module at a time. The multiple purchase discounts range from 10% if you buy two modules, up to 25% if you buy five modules. The multiple purchase scheme only applies to individual users purchasing modules for their personal use.

For more information about our Corporate Scheme please see the relevant FAQ.

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How do I use a discount code?

To use your discount code please follow the online purchasing process and you will be asked to enter your code before making payment.

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Multiple Users from £25/$37/€30

If you are an organisation wishing to buy online learning modules for a groups of your staff or investigators then the Corporate Purchase Schemes start from just £25/$37/€30 per module per user.

Our unique Customer Participant Management Centre allows the lead user to assign modules to users, review progress and monitor the average examination scores across all users.

We have a wide range of Corporate Users including Pharma, Biotech, CROs, Contract Manufacturing, Health Service providers and Investigational Sites.

For more information please contact us at

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How long will the course take?

The time taken to complete each module will depend partly on how much reading around the subject you choose to do. It is estimated that each module takes a total of between 10 and 20 hours to complete, but this time can be spread over several days, weeks or months as you choose.

You have access to the module for 1 year from the purchase date. If you find yourself unable to complete the online components of the module in that time please contact us and we will discuss alternative arrangements with you.

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What is the difference between the ICH GCP Certificate and the GCP and Essential Guidelines Module?
The two modules contain the same information and material about ICH GCP, however, GCP and Essential Guidelines includes additional material covering the US and EU Guidelines. You do not need to take both. We recommend that if you are working with EU or US Trials you follow the GCP and Essential Guidelines Module.

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