Certified Research Administrator (CRA) Study Team

The CRA Study Team is a guided self-study program designed for Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) staff that are interested in and qualify to take the certified research administrator exam. The CRA exam is managed by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC), an independent certifying body. A CRA designation demonstrates a broad knowledge of all aspects of research administration including, but not limited to, project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, financial management, and general management.

What is the CRA?
The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council's eligibility requirements and has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

Why become a Certified Research Administrator?

  • The benefits of certification are many:
  • Professional recognition;
  • Personal Satisfaction;
  • Indication of Expertise;
  • Professional investment by the University;
  • Increased credibility with PIs, SAO, OSR; and
  • Serve as a role model to other GUMC Administrators

What are the eligibility requirements of the CRA Exam?
In order to qualify for the CRA exam, you must meet one of the below requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of substantial experience in research administration; or
  • Associate’s Degree and 6 years of substantial experience in research administration; or
  • No Degree but 8 years of substantial research administration experience

What is the exam like?
There are two testing periods, one in May and another in December of every year. In order to take the exam you must submit an application. The exam fee is $375. The cost of taking the CRA examination for the first time will be paid by GUMC. If the employee is unsuccessful in passing the examination, half the cost of taking the CRA examination a second time will be paid by GUMC. If the employee is unsuccessful after two attempts, they will be responsible for all future reexamination costs.

Applicants will then receive a letter in the mail indicating whether or not their application has been accepted and instructions for scheduling your exam. In order for GUMC to batch applications for processing, a completed application must be turned in at the kick-off meeting at the beginning of each semester.

The electronic examination is administered through the Professional Testing Corporation at an approved exam site within the Washington Metropolitan Area. The exam consists of 250 computerized multiple choice questions with the below categories and allocations:

  • Project Development and Administration - 30%
  • Legal Requirements and Sponsor Interface - 30%
  • Financial Management - 25%
  • General Management - 15%

The examination tests a broad base of fundamental information required to meet the demands and responsibilities of the profession. The examination is based on the Council’s Body of Knowledge.

What are the recertification requirements?
To maintain your CRA designation you will be required to recertify every 5 years. You will need to complete a recertification application which describes your activities over the last 5 years in research administration. You will be responsible for tracking your contact hours which can include participation in workshops/conferences, presentation given, writing articles, etc. You will also be required to submit 3 exam questions for possible use in future exams. The recertification fee is $195 and will be paid by GUMC. If the employee fails to recertify in a timely manner, they will be responsible for any additional late fees.

What resources are available?

How do I get involved with the GUMC CRA Study Team?

You are eligible to participate in the study group at any time by having a recommendation from your supervisor forwarded to Mary Glasscock and Melany Barrett.  There is no cost for participating in the study team sessions. All handouts, supplies and videos will be provided by GUMC.

There will be up to 12 weekday sessions. The weekday sessions include lunch and will last approximately two (2) hours. Please note that attending these sessions alone will not guarantee a passing score. Individuals are expected to spend additional time outside of the sessions studying for the exam since the volume of material is far too great to be covered in the sessions alone. By participating in the study team you will likely be able to determine subject areas that are less familiar to you and will require additional study time.

What is expected of each team member?

Prior to submitting an application, consideration of the program’s benefits and requirements should be weighed.

All sessions will be held in the Warwick Evans Conference Room, Building D unless otherwise noted. Lunch will be provided during weekday sessions. This will be a group effort. As a team member, you will be expected to contribute and participate at each session. Each member will be expected to collect information and provide information to the team for at least part or all of one study session.

Why promote CRA Certification within GUMC?
The benefits of certification are many:

  • The CRA designation provides documented evidence that the GUMC employee has been examined by an independent professional organization and found to have the basic knowledge essential to fulfill the responsibilities of a research or sponsored programs administrator.
  •  The CRA indicates that the GUMC employee has taken the time and effort, beyond just job experience, to learn the Body of Knowledge, thus exhibiting a significant commitment to working in their profession.
  • Employing CRA's provides credibility to our organization, both internally and externally

Active GUMC Certificants

  • Clairice Lloyd - OSR
  • Sharon Gearhart - BGRO
  • DJ Garrett - BGRO
  • Jennifer Foley - BGRO
  • Erin Fogarty - LCCC
  • Karen McCrocklin - LCCC
  • Melissa Layman - LCCC
  • Venishea Butler - ADMO
  • Haewon Park - ADMO
  • Elaine North - LCCC
  • Zachary Graves - GPPI
  • Lisa Burke - SNHS
  • Muftiat Fahm - ADMO
  • Johnny Toma - BGRO
  • Ricardo Roques - BGRO
  • Twarnisha Peterson - LCCC
  • Deb Carbott - LCCC
  • William Pheil - OSP
  • Valerie Simon - BGRO
  • Michel Nau - SAO
  • Fannie Dela Cruz - BGRO
  • Paul Silva - CIED
  • Christopher Shirley - CIED
  • Chantal Santelices - CIED
  • Gareth Evans - BGRO
  • Randolph Pelzer - Psychology
  • Doreen Robinson - OSR
  • Maria Snyder - Main Campus Research Office
  • Tina Tan - Family Medicine
  • Jenny Turnure - BGRO
  • Liam Betterman - Main Campus Research Office
  • Keith Lippwe - Main Campus Research Office
  • Diane Scott - MCFO
  • Jessica Atlass Roscoe - LCCC
  • Alan Zwart - LCCC
  • Donna Deardorff - CCHD
  • Lydia Prentiss - BGRO
  • Noel Dillard - OSP
  • Marie McElroy - OSP
  • Karen Howenstein - LCCC
  • John Bustillos - MCFO
  • Shari Thompson - BGRO
  • Hector Tiongson - OSP