The CIP program was created in 1999 after many years of discussion and planning by organizational members and leaders. This certification initiative is for individuals whose primary job responsibilities include substantial participation in overseeing, administering or performing the daily activities of an institutional review board (IRB) as part of a human research protection program (HRPP)
In the fourteen years since the first exam was administered, over 2,500 individuals have become certified. The CIP program has showed steady growth since its inception.
At the time they sat for the exam, a vast majority of CIPs worked more than half-time with IRB activities. Only about 6% worked less than half-time on behalf of their IRBs.
In order to sit for the exam, candidates must have IRB administrative duties. Most CIPs serve as IRB staff members, administrators, or managers, however, many candidates have served in other capacities.
At the time they sat for the exam, CIPs generally had 2-4 years of experience.
At the time of examination, most CIPs worked at institutions with more than ten full time equivalent staff members who support their IRB activities.
At the time of examination, most CIPs worked in academia, primarily, at medical colleges/universities.
At the time of examination, nearly three-quarters of CIPs worked on behalf of IRBs that review both biomedical and social/behavioral research.
The most common degree obtained by CIPs is a Bachelor’s degree, followed by a Master’s degree.
Nearly 80% of CIPs do not hold any other credential. The CIP program was conceived specifically for a group of professionals for whom no other credential was available. The CRA, CCRA, and CCRC show the percentage coming over from sites.
Over half of CIPs are PRIM&R members.
Most CIPs pursued certification for career advancement purposes, and a significant number also did it for personal satisfaction.
Almost half of CIPs were between the ages of 30-49 at the time of testing.
Over half of CIPs are female.