You're Newly Certified...Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve earned your certification as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA®), Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA®), or Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA). The Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) is here to help you navigate what you can do next as a newly-minted certificant.

Your name will appear in the research administrator directory within three to six weeks after all individuals who sat for the exam have been informed of their test result, and all individuals who passed the exam have received a PDF certificate from Professional Testing Corporation (PTC). Once the directory has been updated, we will send you a welcome email containing your username to access your certificant profile with link to set your password, and confirmation that you have been added to the directory.

Please note: only those who have been certified through RACC will have login abilities. 

Inform Your Supervisor 

You’ve achieved an exciting and major accomplishment and everyone should celebrate this! Be sure to let your supervisor know about your new certification. 

Track Your Contact Hours

It’s never too early to think about recertification! To recertify, you must earn documented contact hours throughout the certification period. You can earn contact hours through professional development and other research administration activities. Click on the button below for more information about earning contact hours. 

How to earn contact hours

Tracking your contact hours is easy! Click on the button below to log in and begin tracking your contact hours today.

Track your contact hours

Volunteer Opportunities

RACC is pleased to offer multiple volunteer opportunities for certificants! These volunteer opportunities give you a chance to contribute to the research administration field, while earning contact hours for recertification. Click the button below to view upcoming volunteer opportunities, and be sure to check back often for new opportunities. Volunteer opportunities are also emailed to current certificants so keep the information in your Member Profile updated.

Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities

Update Your Email Signature, Resume, and Social Media

Add your certification to your email signature, resume, and social media accounts! It is a great way to showcase your achievement. Use the links below to download JPG versions of the certification stamps to add to your email signature and resume. You can also add your certification to your LinkedIn profile under the Licenses & Certifications section. Your unique certification number is available in your Member Profile.


Many employment opportunities include a preference or even a requirement of a RACC certification. Include your certification on your resume so future employers know you have demonstrated advanced research administration knowledge and skills through rigorous testing. Ensuring your resume is updated will alert employers that you have the RACC certification.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to follow RACC on LinkedIn and on Facebook!