Many CROs offer CRA development programs where they accept eligible people as an intern clinical trial assistant for three to five months classes. In this program, they provide all CRA related information and how these CRAs deal with study sites and people on the sites, regulations of FDA and GCP, about monitoring and company reports. Different CRAs and senior CRA give lectures and orientation classes for better introduction to CRA position and its responsibilities and sharing their experiences at different sites with different personalities.
The most helpful things of those programs are observation visits, introduction to different site related documents and informed consent form. These things help to prepare these internees for the site visits and to know all the basics of visiting a site.
It takes some time to learn new things like study protocols, visits, sites and scheduling especially when it is related to CRA responsibilities but this CRA development program is very essential and useful to prepare new CRAs.