The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contacted ISPE directly and asked ISPE to create a credential of pharmaceutical excellence recognizing comprehensive knowledge in the pharmaceutical industry in order to ensure drug quality and enhance patient safety. ISPE formed an independent Professional Certification Commission and developed the only global competency standard in the world, the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry ProfessionalTM, or CPIPTM credential.
The CPIP credential is valuable to you because it:
- Establishes the only global competency standard for pharmaceutical industry professionals
- Provides a professional development pathway to advance your career
- Provides a comprehensive understanding of all stakeholder needs in an organization
- Unlocks greater career opportunities
- Recognizes your expertise in the industry and among peers
- Gives your employer the competitive advantage of a recognized credential
The Boston Area Chapter is poised to help you attain this credential by sponsoring study groups. If you elect to pursue this credential on your own, you would need to invest over $2,500 to purchase the course materials. However, when you participate in an organized CPIP study group, ISPE has agreed to furnish these materials absolutely free! This saves you over $2,500 in course costs. The study group concept gives you the additional advantage of sharing ideas with other like-minded individuals seeking to advance their position in the industry. The study group concept has been pioneered in Boston and is being refined and improved with each successive offering. To date, this concept has been extremely successful and our study groups have a passing rate of about 90% on the certification exam. Last year, Boston Area Chapter study groups produced over 60% of the new CPIP’s in the world.
Study group leaders have participated in one of the Chapter sponsored study groups, passed the exam, and helped to organize the flow of material, bringing all their practical experience to the session in order to make it easier for you to be successful. The upcoming fall study group will be led by Brian Hagopian, CPIP who attained the credential in 2012. Several other Boston Area CPIPs will also participate in this study group, sharing the valuable lessons they learned along the way.
Our friends at Pfizer in Andover have generously offered to host this study group, giving us the first opportunity to offer a study group north of Boston..
To qualify for the CPIP certification exam (and therefore to attend the study group), a candidate has to meet the following requirements:
1. You must have attained at least a high school diploma or Associates degree and have at least 7 years of industry experience, or 10 years of work experience or
2. You must have attained at least a Bachelor’s degree and have 3 years of industry experience, or 5 years of work experience and
3. You would like to save $2,500 in course materials and
4. You must be willing to invest $150 in your own professional advancement (this covers the cost of food) and
5. You must be an ISPE member or you must join following the introductory session
The CPIP study group is one of the many benefits of belonging to ISPE, but it is important to note that you do not have to be an ISPE member to attend the initial introductory session.
Location: Pfizer, Inc. One Burtt Road, Building F, Room F1300, Andover, MA 01810
Schedule: The study group consists of nine sessions. The introductory session is being held on Wednesday September 11th. Each session runs from 5:30 to 9:00 PM and includes dinner from 5:30 to 6:00. The schedule for the remaining Wednesday sessions are as follows:
Session 1: 09/11/2013
Makeup date of 12/04/2013 reserved if needed.
Study Group Session Leader: Brian Hagopian, CPIP
Registration: This Boston Chapter sponsored CPIP study group have a one-time registration fee of $150 which covers dinner costs for the nine sessions. Register today at www.ISPEBoston.org/Events. You are free to opt out of the study group after the initial session and if you choose not to continue after the first session, your credit card will not be billed.
Contact Amy Poole, Chapter Manager, at the ISPE Boston office at 781-647-4773 if you have any questions. To join ISPE, go to: http://www.ispe.org/join-or-renew.To learn more about the CPIP program, visit the website at http://www.ispe-pcc.org/index.cfm.
Page last updated: 4 May 2011