Clinical Research Coordinator Level 1 Programme


Course Date

September 2019 Cohort: 13 September 2019 to 29 November 2019
March 2020 Cohort: 06 March 2020 to 05 June 2020 (Except 10 April 2020)
September 2020 Cohort: 04 September 2020 to 20 November 2020
Every Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm

Course Duration
Approximately 3 months / 12 weeks

Course Location
NTU@one-north, 11 Slim Barracks Rise, Singapore 138664

Registration Period
For every March cohort: 15 November to 15 January
For every September cohort: 15 June to 15 July

Course Description

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a specialised research professional working with the research investigator to ensure smooth progress of the research project. The CRC Level 1 Programme is designed for CRCs with less than one year of experience who are interested in gaining knowledge about coordinating clinical trials. The programme offers a comprehensive introduction to the operations of clinical trial at site and practical, hands-on training. The application of core CRC skills is reinforced through classroom discussions, case scenarios, demonstrations and practice-based activities. This programme is also valuable for individuals seeking a new career as CRC.

The SCRI Academy was launched in August 2017 by Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport) to house the training efforts for CRCs. The SCRI Academy is part of the Singapore Clinical Research Institution (SCRI), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Health Holdings.

This training programme is funded by Ministry of Health and in collaboration with Health Sciences Authority, Singapore Health Services, National Healthcare Group, National University Health System, Nanyang Polytechnic.

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the clinical trial activities from study initiation to closure
  • Discuss the importance of Good Clinical Practice
  • Understand the investigator and sponsor responsibilities in a clinical trial
  • Define the requirements for ethics submissions, source documentation and essential documents
  • Discuss the informed consent process
  • Discuss strategies for subject recruitment and retention
  • Prepare your site for a monitoring visit
  • Define safety reporting guidelines 
  • Describe the process for management of investigational product at site

Who Should Attend

  • CRCs with less than one year of experience
  • Aspiring CRCs or CRCs with limited commercial trial experience

Entry Requirements

  • At least a Diploma in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy or equivalent.

Course Outline

Week One
  • Overview of Programme
  • Introduction to Clinical Trial
  • Drug Development Process
  • ICH Good Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Trial Framework in Singapore
  • Research Team
  • Elements of a Protocol
  • Site Feasibility
Week Two
  • Overview of Key Research Therapeutic Areas – Diseases & Investigations
  • Common Medical Conditions and Related Medications
  • Understanding Eligibility Criteria in Clinical Trials and Related Investigations

Week Three

  • Overview of Singapore’s Healthcare System
  • Understanding Medical Records
  • Health Assessment by Observation
  • Administration of Medication
  • Specimen Collection
  • Documenting real-time progress notes
  • Effective Communication

Week Four

  • Start-up Activities and Workflow
  • Clinical Trial Agreement
  • Study Budget
  • Billing and Payment to Sponsor
  • Ethics Board and Application Process

Week Five

  • Investigator Meetings
  • Site Invitation Visits
  • Deviations, Amendments and Reporting
  • Subject Eligibility and Randomisation
  • Blinding and Unblinding
  • Source Documentation

Week Six

  • Subject Recruitment and Documentation
  • Elements of Informed Consent Form
  • Informed Consent Process & Documentation
  • Vulnerable Populations and Safeguards
  • Waiver of Consent in Special Circumstances

Week Seven

  • Subject Visits, Follow-up and Retention
  • Subject Discontinuation
  • Payment to Subjects
  • Essential Documents
  • Investigator Site File
  • Tools and Templates
  • Safety Reporting to IRB
  • Monitoring Visit Preparation and Followup
  • Responding to CRF Queries

Week Eight

  • Clinical Trial Regulations
  • Clinical Trial Registry
  • Clinical Trial Safety
  • Reporting Adverse Events
  • Overview of GCP Inspection
  • Common Inspection Findings

Week Nine

  • Regulatory requirements for Clinical Research Materials
  • Management and Handling of Investigational Product, and Documentation
  • Drug Dispensing and Accountability

Week Ten

  • Central Laboratory
  • Study Kits
  • Collection of Biological Specimens, Processing and Shipping
  • Study Supplies

Week Eleven

  • Site Closure
  • Close-out Visit
  • Early Termination of Study
  • Record Retention
  • Working Effectively With Sponsor and Investigator
  • Time Management

Week Twelve

  • MCQ Examination and Oral Assessment

Application Procedure

To register for the CRC Level 1 Programme, please email your completed Registration Form to along with the required supporting documents when the registration opens.

Click here for the Registration Form.

Registration is on a first-come first-served basis and priority will be given to CRCs core-funded under the NMRC CRC programme. Priority will also be given to CRCs from Singapore’s public healthcare clusters under Ministry of Health Holdings and/or under the WSG Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for CRC.

Course Fees

Full Price $2,895 (inclusive of 7% GST)
CRCs from Singapore’s Public Healthcare Clusters under MOH Holdings (After 90% subsidy) $289.50 (inclusive of 7% GST)

Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for CRC

As part of Workforce Singapore (WSG)’s Adapt and Grow Initiative to provide greater support for mid-career Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMET), the PCP for Clinical Research Coordinators (PCP-CRC) serves as a conduit for newly hired mid-career switchers to receive relevant training to transit to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Successful applicants are required to undergo the 12-week (about 3 months) CRC Level 1 training programme at SCRI Academy and meet the On-the-Job Training (OJT) requirements as part of the PCP.


Funding Support

a. Salary Support

  1. Standard Rate: 70% of salary support for the duration of the CRC Level 1 Programme (ie. 12 weeks), capped at $4,000 a month
  2. Enhanced Rate: 90% of salary support for the duration of the CRC Level 1 Programme (ie. 12 weeks), capped at $6,000 a month. (Applicable for Singaporean PMETs aged 40 years and above, or unemployed and seeking employment for six months or more)

b. Course Fee Support

  1. SCRI Academy Grant: 90% of course fees including GST (estimated $2605.50)
    (*Applicable for CRCs from Singapore’s Public Healthcare Clusters under MOH Holdings (non-PCP and PCP))

The course fees, before Course Fee Support, is $2,895 (inclusive of 7% GST). (Note: The employer is required to make payment of $289.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) to SCRI Academy. Employers may wish to utilise internal employee’s Individual Training Fund or Department Training Fund for this payment.)

For more information regarding PCP for CRC, please contact


Participants who complete all modules of the programme and pass the examination will obtain:

  1. Certificate of Participation (Essentials in Clinical Practice) from Nanyang Polytechnic,
  2. E-Certificate of Achievement (Informed Consent & Subject Recruitment) from National Healthcare Group, and
  3. Certificate of Achievement (CRC Level 1 Programme) from SCRI Academy

For downloading of the programme brochure, please click here.


For enquiries, please contact

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