Each RQA Registered Professional (RQARP) understands quality and how it applies to their role within their organisation.
Certification from RQA is a mark of quality excellence. It helps professionals boost their career through the recognition of knowledge and experience. Such certification confirms a deep commitment to the profession.
RQARP Certification demonstrates essential knowledge and a commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The certification is based on an online examination of knowledge and experience. A record of additional learning (CPD) is required to maintain the Certification.
Each certification candidate must pass an online examination comprised of multiple-choice questions on Quality Management and one related topic of their choice. The examination is taken online in one sitting; 100 questions in total—75 on Quality Management and 25 on the chosen topic, within 2 hours.
The purpose of the RQA Registered Professional Certification is to assess the knowledge and skills required for the competent undertaking of a professional role. The assessment is accomplished by completing an examination covering Quality Management and one other topic of the candidate's choice.
Each RQARP Certificate shows the topics that were assessed in the examination, i.e. Quality Management and the candidates chosen topic. For example, the RQARP:GCP certificate is awarded to a candidate who passed the Good Clinical Practice exam alongside the Quality Management exam.
RQA Registered Professional (RQARP) Certification:
Eligibility for taking the RQARP examination:
RQA Registered Professional Certification is only offered through RQA.
Marking the RQARP examination:
The RQARP Certificate is valid for five years from the date of Certification—it lapses automatically.
To maintain the Certificate, RQA Registered Professionals (RQARPs) must apply for recertification. For recertification, candidates must have gained 30 CPD points since the awarding of the Certificate and should produce records of the CPD. 30 CPD points is equivalent to 30 hours of formal learning. The RQA Office will confirm the acceptance of the CPD records.
RQA offers a range of courses to suit all levels that provide a practical and flexible learning method. The courses provide awareness of legislation, current best practice and identify critical areas in the topic—Professional Development Training Courses and Seminars—the courses cover a vast array of subjects and are of one-, two-, or three-day duration.
Additionally, RQA offers an extensive portfolio of eLearning courses—eLearning—each is made up of several bite-size modules of around 30 minutes. The majority of the courses carry an assessment, with an 80% pass mark, to verify the learner's gained knowledge.
To complement the face-to-face and on-screen training, RQA has published a library of booklets with most available to download instantly—Publications—topics covered include Auditing, Good Clinical Practice, Good Clinical Laboratory Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, and Good Pharmacovigilance Practice.
The RQA Registered Professional (RQARP) examination is a web-based assessment comprising 100 multiple-choice questions covering the mandatory Quality Management module and one other related topic. The candidate must select the topic to be assessed—the available topics are:
The Quality Management module includes 75 questions; other modules span 25 questions. All questions are multiple-choice in a range of formats.
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Further information on gaining the certification will be available in due course.