CIP Eligibility

This certification program 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).

Individuals involved in IRB activities who meet the following eligibility requirements are eligible to take the examination:
1. A Bachelor’s degree plus two (2) years of relevant HRPP experience*, completed on or before the first day of your chosen testing period (see front cover), within the past seven years;


Three (3) years of relevant HRPP experience*, completed on or before the first day of your chosen testing period (see front cover), within the past seven years;


Currently certified as a CIP.

2. Agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics for Certified IRB Professionals.

3. Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for IRB Professionals. Applicants who have never taken the exam must include a resume showing “relevant HRP experience.”

4. Payment of required fee.

* "Relevant IRB Experience" requires substantial and ongoing performance within the last seven years of IRB administrative functions or duties relevant to an IRB office within HRPP, which demonstrates a commitment to human subject protection, such as:

  • Serving as a regulatory/technical resource during IRB meetings
  • Supporting IRB meetings
  • Preparing, reviewing and maintaining IRB correspondence and documentation
  • Providing required ancillary services to the IRB such as conflict of interest reporting and tracking consent form changes
  • Managing and/or supervising the office that provides support for the operation of the IRB
  • Developing and implementing IRB policies and procedures
  • Performing IRB directed reviews such as exemption determinations and expedited reviews
  • Performing monitoring activities (audits) for or directed by the IRB
  • Training of, and serving as a resource for staff, investigators, and IRB members on issues pertinent to the protection of human subjects
  • Performing oversight activities of IRBs for or on behalf of a Common Rule agency

IRB chairs, members and organizational officials who perform these functions may have experience that meets the definition of relevant IRB experience and may be appropriate candidates to sit for the certification examination. Service as an IRB member is not, 4 in and of itself, sufficient to fulfill the requirements for relevant IRB experience.

Merely interacting with an IRB office on an occasional, or even routine basis (as is common with sponsor personnel and study-site personnel working in study coordinator, study administrator, or investigator positions) does not meet the requirements for relevant HRPP experience for the CIP certification program.

Individuals who have questions about their eligibility should contact the CCIP prior to applying to sit for the exam. The CIP designation is not intended to be used as a means of qualification for HRPP related employment for applicants who do not have any prior HRPP related work experience.