Making a career as a pharma rep can be very lucrative and is highly coveted in both the medical and sales field. The pharma sales industry is highly competitive. Breaking into industry and securing a pharma rep job can be difficult.
Certification demonstrates that you’ve attained proper industry knowledge, clinical training and pharmaceutical sales education. Certification also helps to establish your value for a long time to come.
Studies have shown that individuals who are certified in their field have higher salaries and better promotion opportunities.
PRC is a Certification accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training/American National Standards Institute (IACET/ANSI). Achieving the PRC demonstrates the highest standards of knowledge, and excellence in the pharma sales profession.
You are eligible for certification if you…
Once you enroll in the PRC program, you have up to 6 months to complete the program. The program typically takes about 4 weeks to complete. Because the entire program is online, you can work at your own pace & comfort level to complete the program. If you require an extension, you will need to make a written appeal to our Chief Academic Officer who will make the final decision. There may be a fee associated with extensions granted.
Once you are accepted, you will receive confirmation and instructions via email. The program learning content can be accessed on an online, learning management system.
It will be a PRC professional designation. For example, John Doe, BS, PRC.
To use the PRC credential, you must:
The examination is of intermediate difficulty. It is meant to assess your core competencies in the areas covered within the PRC program.
The candidate can take the exam anywhere, anytime. The final certification exam is available on the program’s learning management system (LMS). The exam tab will be enabled once the candidate has completed all module quizzes.
The exam is offered asynchronously. That is, the candidate may sit for the exam anytime, anywhere as long as the candidate has access to the PRC program’s learning management system (LMS).
Yes, you can retake the PRC exam up to 4 times. 4 exam attempts are included in the PRC program cost, so there are no additional costs for retaking the PRC certification exam. If you fail all 4 attempts, there are additional costs required to be granted additional attempts.
NO, ACMA does not charge you any additional fees for retaking the exam. Four exam attempts are included in the program cost.
If a candidate fails the exam on the fourth try, there will be a waiting period of 1 year before retaking the exam up to four more times, and a reexamination fee of $250.00 USD.
Certificates are downloaded directly online. Alternatively, you can request to have the certificate mailed to your home.
Results will be available within 3-5 business days via email.
In order to protect the integrity of the PRC program, no exam questions or the answer key will be released to any individual or organization.
The Pharmaceutical Representative Certification is valid for two years. You’ll need to recertify at that time. Recertification requires either 10 hours of valid continuing education or successfully passing the certification exam.
No prior experience working directly in the industry is required. You do need a firm commitment to your own efforts to succeed in the industry. You also need to dedicate yourself to learning and demonstrating mastery of the program content.
Familiarity with sales may help, but the pharmaceutical representative role is more about being a good communicator and responsive partner to the physicians you work with. If you feel comfortable connecting with people and helping them understand complex information, then you’ll be a natural.