Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Pragmatic Clinical Trials Certificate

Certificate Overview

The Certificate Leadership in Patient-Oriented Research: Pragmatic Clinical Trials has been designed to accommodate current professionals in the field of clinical health research. At the conclusion of the program the 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, and trial management into their own practice
  3. Be familiar with the resources and structure of clinical trials processes in Alberta
  4. Identify and integrate patient-oriented research principles into practice


The certificate is designed to integrate currently available training, such as the ACRC recommended training courses, while providing additional content, learning strategies, and practical application exercises using real-world and Alberta-specific examples.

The content includes a broad range of topics to cover the broad spectrum of work required for clinical trials in Alberta. The content has been designed and approved by an Advisory Committee of leading experts in clinical trials in Alberta.


The following courses must 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.

  • TCPS-2: Course on Research Ethics
  • CITI-Canada: Good Clinical Practice

Workload Expectations

This is a 53-hour certificate delivered over 16 weeks with additional external content integrated into the program. It is anticipated that learners will spend approximately 3-4 hours per week on module content.


The usual 2 in-person days at the beginning and end of the certificate were a great way for learners to get to know each other and some of the resources available. However, COVID-19 guidelines indicate we need to modify this content for on-line learning. As in previous cohorts, weekly modules will be offered using a mix of live webinars and asynchronous content you can access anytime. While the September cohort will operate a little differently, you will still have opportunities to learn from PCT experts around the province and each other


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Learners may claim a maximum of 53 hours.

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