The designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA), Certified Pre-award Research Administrator (CPRA), and Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA) means that an individual has met the Research Administrator Certification Council eligibility requirements and has demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental information necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored program administrator.

The benefits of certification are many. Those who have attained certification status and those seeking qualified research administrators have cited various reasons for certification:

• The CRA, CPRA, and CFRA designation provides documented evidence that an individual 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, CPRA, and CFRA indicates that an individual has taken the time and effort, beyond just job experience, to learn the Body of Knowledge, thus exhibiting a significant commitment to working in this profession.

• Employing an RACC certificant provides credibility for your organization, both internally and externally.

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