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Certification vs. Certificates

A certificate training program’s primary purpose is to provide education and training so that participants can attain defined learning objectives in a particular area of regulatory affairs. Although assessment is a part of a certificate training program, the assessment is conducted to evaluate the attainment of the learning objectives. Learn more about RAPS Online University certificate training programs.

The Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) is a professional certification. The primary purpose of a professional certification program is to provide an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and/or competencies required for competent performance of a professional role. This assessment is typically accomplished by the successful completion of an examination.

When your goal is to get your resume to the top of a recruiter’s pile, having the RAC is your advantage in getting recognized for an advanced job in regulatory. The RAC stands out from continuing education, like certificate programs, because it indicates mastery and competency.

Please note, RAPS certificate programs do not confer RAC status; the only way to gain RAC status is to take and pass one of the RAC exams.

About Certification

The primary purpose of any professional certification program is to provide an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and/or competencies required for competent performance of a professional role. This assessment is typically accomplished by the successful completion of an examination.1

RAC Examination Overview

Each examination is based on a survey of the scope of practice and specific roles and responsibilities of regulatory professionals in the workplace with at least three years of regulatory experience. Each examination is reviewed and revised annually, and content is updated for the Spring exam cycle. Examination content for RAC exam is based on regulations and guidelines in effect on December 31 of the year prior. So, exams taken in 2020 will be based on regulations ‘on the books’ on December 31, 2019.

Knowledge required and regulatory basis

 

1 Defining Features of Quality Certification and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. (2010) The Institute for Credentialing Excellence.