Jump-start your career with our new Clinical Data Associate certification program

SCDM’s new Certified Clinical Data Associate (CCDA) program is the best place to start your journey into the Clinical Data Management profession.


Who is the CCDA Certification for?

The newly launched Clinical Data Associate certification program is targeted at our community members who are starting their career in Clinical Data Management (with less than 2 years’ experience) and wish to solidify their knowledge of the core concepts in the field.

This is an exam to take prior to the CCDM Exam and not for those who currently hold a CCDM certification or with more than 2 years of relevant experience.


What is the CCDA beta exam?

The CCDA beta exam is a preliminary version of the final exam designed to evaluate the validity, reliability, and difficulty of the exam questions, as well as to gather feedback from the test takers. The beta exam will be launched on June 1, and we are looking for interested candidates to help us shape the CCDA certification. Join us and make your voice heard!


Why choose to take the CCDA Beta Exam?

    • Contribute to the development of the exam and the Clinical Data Associate certification program.
    • Get the chance to be one of the first Certified Clinical Data Associates (CCDA) and enhance your career prospects and credibility with peers and employers.
    • Demonstrate your understanding of the core concepts shaping the Clinical Data Management profession.

Everything you need to know about CCDA beta exam

Ready to take part in the Clinical Data Associate certification program? Get all your questions answered through the beta exam handbook and the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The exam is based on the GCDMP Body of Knowledge, ICH E6 (R2) Guidelines and ICH E6 (R3) Guidelines which covers the following domains: clinical data management processes, clinical data quality and integrity, clinical data standards and regulations, clinical data systems and technologies, and clinical data analysis and reporting.

To be eligible for the beta exam, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 0-2 years of full-time work experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics, or computer science. Other degree areas with 1-2 years’ relevant work experience. Relevant work experience includes working as a clinical data associate or other data roles in the field of clinical research.

Refer to the CCDA Certification Handbook for current information about the exam including tested competencies.

The exam is offered remotely, and it is in multiple choice format. The exam can be taken in the comfort of your home, office, or school if the environment guarantees no disturbance or any other issues that might hinder the validity of your exam.

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and has a duration Two Hours and Thirty Minutes (2.5 Hours).

Approximately 1-2 months after the close of the Beta Exam Period. The exam is currently in the beta phase, which means that the exam questions are being evaluated for validity and reliability before the final version of the exam is launched. The Psychometrician must review/analyze all the results from the exams and determine the cutoff score.

A cutoff score is the score that a test-taker must achieve to pass the exam. It is determined based on expert data managers analysis of what a CCDA needs to know.

  1. Review the GCDMP Body of Knowledge, ICH E6 (R2) Guidelines and ICH E6 (R3) Guidelines, which outlines the domains and topics that are covered in the exam.
  2. The best way to prepare is to be able to apply applicable regulations, guidance and foundational knowledge and best practices as articulated in the GCDMP to the management of data for clinical studies. Updated GCDMP chapters have been made available for your review. New chapters now contain relevant regulatory references in the minimum standards section. You may also find the list of foundational knowledge and exam references in the certification handbook. Refer to the certification handbook for current information about the exam including the foundational knowledge list and exam references.
  3. You can also access SCDM Learning Hub, which offers a variety of resources that are aligned with the GCDMP.

To register and schedule for the beta exam, you must follow these steps:

  1. Create an account here.
  2. Log in to your account and complete the online application form.
  3. Receive a confirmation email from SCDM with instructions on how to schedule your exam.
  4. Follow the instructions to schedule your exam.
  5. Choose a date, time, that suits your preference from the available options.
  6. Receive a confirmation email from SCDM with your exam appointment details.

You will be notified within 14 days of receipt via email.

You will have 30 days from the acceptance of your application to take the exam.

On the day of the beta exam, you can expect the following:

  • You must connect to at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time.
  • Check in with the testing proctoring support and present your confirmation email and a valid photo ID.
  • It is important to follow the instructions of the testing proctor, to stay compliant with the rules and regulations of the exam.
  • You must wait for the official score report, which will be emailed to you within four weeks after the end of the beta testing period.
  • Please do not forget to provide feedback on the exam questions and your testing experience.
  • After the beta testing period is over, SCDM will analyze the exam results and determine the passing score for the final exam.
  • SCDM will then email you your official score report, which will show your final score and whether you passed or failed the exam.
  • If you passed the exam, you would also receive a digital certificate and that you can download and display on your resume, LinkedIn profile, and email signature.

The Psychometrician must provide a statistical analysis of the results from the exams. This requires that 200 people take the Beta Exam, followed by the analysis of those results which includes discarding questions that performed poorly and setting the cutoff score. The process takes at least 30 to 60 days to complete.

There is no expiry date for the CCDA certification, so you do not have to renew it. However, at SCDM we advise you to prepare and take the CCDM exam two years after you get your CCDA certification.

Yes, the confidentiality agreement is part of the Certification Exam application.

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