Biometrician Certification and Licensing
Biometricians are not state licensed. Voluntary certification is not generally expected either. The particular duties that a biometrician performs, though, may make credentialing desirable.
Become a Biometrician
- Career Plan: How to Become a Biometrician
- Schools Offering: Math and Science Programs – Undergraduate
- Schools Offering: Programs in Biometrics, Biostatistics, Math – Graduate
Many biometricians work in clinical trials. If this is your career path, you may want to seek certification through the Society of Clinical Research Associates or the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. SoCRA notes that clinical research professionals come from many backgrounds including nursing, medicine, and statistics, and that the purpose of the exam is to test knowledge that is fundamental to the job. Topics include research ethics, study design, safety reporting, and legalities. You’ll need two years in the field before you can seek certification (unless you have had a formal curriculum in clinical research). Initial certification requires testing. Certified clinical research professionals must recertify every three years; this entails 45 hours of continuing education as well as a quiz.
The Association of Clinical Research Professionals also certifies clinical researchers. The ACRP notes that the exam is appropriate for those who work directly under the principal investigator (regardless of their job title). ACRP certification must also be maintained through continuing education.
For many biometricians, a research background will prove more useful than certifications when it comes to building a curriculum vitae. You can become a research assistant as early as your undergraduate years. Professional affiliations can also prove useful to the aspiring biometrician – you have an additional resource for networking and finding out about research and other career opportunities.