CIP Demographics

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 IRB as part of an HRPP.

In the seventeen years since the first exam was administered, over 3,100 individuals have become certified. The CIP program has showed steady growth since its inception.

Percent of Working Time Spent on IRB Activities

At the time they sat for the exam, a vast majority of CIPs worked more than half-time with IRB activities. Only about 8% worked less than half-time on behalf of their IRBs.


Primary Role in IRB Activities

In order to sit for the exam, candidates must have at least two years of experience in executing IRB administrative functions. Most CIPs serve as IRB staff members, administrators, or managers; however, many credential holders have served in other capacities.


Experience in IRB Activities

CIPs have a wide range of experience before sitting for the exam.


Full-Time Equivalent Staff

At the time of examination, most CIPs have worked at institutions with more than ten full time equivalent (FTE) staff members who support their IRB activities.


Primary Employer

At the time of examination, most CIPs worked in academia, primarily, at medical colleges/universities.


Scope of Review

At the time of examination, most CIPs worked on behalf of IRBs that review both biomedical and social, behavioral, and educational research.



Over half of CIPs have earned a post-graduate degree.


PRIM&R Membership Status

Over half of CIPs were PRIM&R members when they sat for the exam.


Personal Demographics

CIPs have the option to share their demographic data on their applications. Most CIPs who shared this information have been white women over the age of 30 at the time they sat for the exam.