Certified IRB Professional

About the CIP Credential

As part of our commitment to helping professionals improve human subject protections, PRIM&R is proud to offer the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®), a certification initiative for individuals working with IRBs. The CIP® credential was developed in 1999 to promote ethical research practices and programs by ensuring that professionals charged with their administration have demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, understanding, and experience. More than 3,000 individuals have become certified since it was first introduced.

Those interested in seeking the CIP credential must meet the eligibility requirements and then apply for and pass the CIP exam. CIP credential holders must recertify every three years.

Why Become Certified?

The CIP credential:

  • Promotes the ethical conduct of research by strengthening the administration of human research protection programs (HRPPs).
  • Validates an individual’s professional experience and mastery of the body of knowledge determined by national experts to be essential to competent HRPP and IRB administrative practices
  • Encourages personal growth and professional development
  • Provides an expanded array of career advancement opportunities
  • Strengthens the quality of HRPPs by certifying a cadre of committed and educated individuals

Where to Start

CIP Exam Dates

2021 Spring Testing Period
Application deadline: February 19
Exam window: March 29- April 29

2021 Fall Testing Period
Application deadline: August 13
Exam window: September 6-October 6

CIP Exam Portal

The CIP Exam is administered by PSI. Visit the CIP portal on their website to download the CIP Handbook and submit your application.

CIP Exam Portal


Questions about exam administration or testing centers may be directed to the testing vendor, PSI.
Phone: 833.333.4755
Email: info@goAMP.com

Other questions may be directed to certification@primr.org.