SAS offers new clinical trials programming certification
27 July 2011
SAS has expanded its Global
Certification Programme offerings with the introduction of a new
credential — SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer using SAS9.
The exam for the credential will have a clinical trials programming
focus and require proficiency in areas such as data
manipulation/integration, production of data listings, tables and
figures according to a Statistical Analysis Plan, and the generation of
graphs and reports. Basic knowledge of clinical trials and statistical
methodology also will be required in order to pass the exam.
"Customers have been asking for a way to help affirm the skills and
knowledge of programmers who use SAS to create, validate, and maintain
programmes necessary for the capture and analysis of clinical trials
data," said Larry Stewart, vice president of the education division at
SAS. "SAS is so prevalent across this industry, a certification that is
specific to clinical trials programming skills using SAS is a natural
fit. With such wide interest, we were able to bring together a broad
cross-section of practitioners and hiring managers from academic
research organisations, contract research organisations and
pharmaceutical companies, as well as industry consultants and SAS Press
authors, to help define and develop the exam."