Course Description

The Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate is a unique training opportunity developed to increase the knowledge, capacity, and practical skills of clinical trial professionals across Alberta. The vision of this program is to create a highly trained workforce to raise the standard for clinical trial conduct in Alberta. The certificate is offered in a blended format with two in-person days at the start of the certificate and one in-person day at the conclusion. The certificate is offered in a blended format: online and in person.

Two in-person days are held at the beginning of the certificate, in Calgary, and one in-person day at the conclusion, in Edmonton. The in-person days are essential in building relationships among learners to enhance group learning throughout the certificate. Presentations by experts in the fields of patient-oriented research, clinical trials, ethics, and knowledge translation will be combined with group workshop activities to further explore and apply knowledge. The full-day in-person sessions are mandatory.

Weekly content is provided online, with a mixture of live synchronous sessions where learners can interact directly with provincial experts and leaders in clinical trials, as well as asynchronous online content that can be completed at the convenience of the learner. The online delivery will include live webinars with leading experts, online discussions, group work, case studies, podcasts, videos, and other integrative delivery methods to meet a variety of individual learning needs.

Please note: this course is not eligible for tuition support. 

Course Details

The purpose of the certificate is to integrate currently available training, such as the ACRC recommended training courses, while providing additional content, patient-oriented research concepts, and practical application exercises using real-world and Alberta-specific examples.

Upon completion of the certificate, participants will be able to:

1. Employ a common understanding of information required to work on clinical trials in Alberta

2. Develop and apply knowledge of specific regulations, good clinical practice, research ethics standards, and trial management

3. Apply knowledge of resources and structure of clinical trials processes in Alberta

4. Identify and integrate patient-oriented research principles into practice

Full details of the certificate can be found at www.sporpctcertificate.ca.


The following courses are to be completed prior to the certificate start date. These prerequisites will provide some base knowledge, terminology, and understanding of clinical trial conduct to ensure that all learners are equipped for the first sessions.

Proof of completion must be provided within one week of the Certificate start date.

1. TCPS-2: Course on Research Ethics

2. CITI-Canada: Good Clinical Practice


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