Certified IRB Professional

Certified IRB Professional (CIP) is a certification program for individuals working for IRBs. It is overseen by the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP) and is an initiative of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research). The CIP credentials signal to research institutions, the public, and members of human research professions that certified individuals are highly qualified to discharge their duties and are knowledgeable about U.S. rules and regulations, prevailing ethical codes, and administrative “best practices.”

At USC, the majority of IRB staff are CIP certified, as are several IRB committee members. OPRS launched a comprehensive preparation course for the certification exam in the Summer of 2008 to prepare those who wish to become certified. The 8 week course includes a series of lectures/discussions led by USC staff and faculty who are well versed in human subjects protections. In addition, OPRS organized a number of useful handouts, study guides, and information sheets to help individuals prepare for the exam. Books (Institutional Review Board Management and Function, 2nd Edition; the corresponding study guide; and Protecting Study Volunteers in Research: A Manual for Investigative Sites) were provided to all attendees.

CIP exam preparation materials and agendas/handouts from each session are available below:

CIP Study Materials | Test Answer Key
Week 1: Introduction, Overview, History, Common Terminology (Rose/Olacsi)
Week 2: HHS/OHRP Regulations, Definitions, Guidances (Craun)
Week 3: FDA Regulations and Definitions, FDA & HHS Similarities and Differences, Applicability of Each (Jean/Hurtado)
Week 4: Reportable Events Session (Spicer)
Week 5: HSPP/IRB Organizational & Administration (Rose/Olacsi)
Week 6: Vulnerable Populations (Richmond)
Week 7: Revisit FDA & OHRP, ICH & GCP, International Research (Craun/Hurtado)
Week 8: HIPAA & Research (Krammer)
Week 9: Review of CIP Course & Q&A (Spicer/Rose)