Good Clinical Practice Training

“Developing Tomorrow’s research professionals today”

TASK Academy was founded in 2017, and has since trained over 500 clinicians and aspiring clinicians with an accredited Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course.

Although a strong emphasis has been on developing capacity on the African continent, TASK Academy has trained clinical site staff from countries such as The Netherlands, South America, Portugal and Spain as well.

An accredited Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) course was added to the curriculum in 2020.

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Let’s talk clinical trials – a TASK Academy series – article #5 –   SA GCP THIRD EDITION 2020 IS HERE -WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW   Why do we have guidelines? What triggered the start of the guidelines? Is SA GCP the only guideline to follow? What is the difference between ICH GCP and […]

10 Clinical Trial Myths Debunked

Let’s talk clinical trials – a TASK Academy series – article #4 – Having various search engines at our fingertips and information constantly being fed to us, whether asked for or not, is part of the technological world we live in. So how do you determine whether the information you receive is fact or fake? […]

Let’s talk clinical trials – a TASK Academy series – #3

In my previous post I tackled the reasoning behind why we refer to a doctor working in clinical trials as an “investigator”. Today I want to try and explain how working as a clinical investigator in trials is different to working as a doctor / physician / general practitioner.  How is being an investigator different to being […]

Let’s talk clinical trials – a TASK Academy series – #2

I cannot help but smile when I think back to a curriculum vitae we once received in reaction to an advertisement we posted to recruit an investigator at TASK.  TASK was still a small clinical trial company back then and we did not have a human resources team yet, so I used to help sift […]

Let’s talk clinical trials – a TASK Academy series

10 Steps to become a clinical trial investigator

What is GCP

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials that involve the participation of human subjects.

GCP Course for beginners dates:


Upcoming 10 August 2021 – including SA GCP THIRD EDITION 2020

5 October 2021

7 December 2021

Cost: R3 900.00 incl VAT

Venue : Online

Accredited Beginner GCP Course

What is this course about?

TASK Academy offers a one day accredited GCP Beginner’s course where we focus on the local and international standards of GCP. During this course, you are introduced to:

  • Where GCP originated from and why you need to comply.
  • The life cycle of clinical trial.
  • The importance of all role players in a clinical research.

Who must attend this course?

If you are interested in starting a career in clinical trials it is compulsory to attend a full beginners face to face GCP course as a certificate in GCP is needed to work in clinical trials.

Accredited Refresher GCP Course

What is this course about?

TASK Academy offers an accredited GCP Refresher course where we aim to have an interactive session on good clinical practice discussing relevant challenging topics as found in the clinical trial industry.

Who must attend this course?

If you already previously attended a GCP course and your certificate is near it’s expiry date (valid for 3 years) you can attend this one day face to face refresher course to ensure your certificate and knowledge stays current.


More Information

As an accredited course by the HPCSA, TASK Academy aims to provide the opportunity for each research individual to understand clinical research concepts and terms and to build a strong foundation for creating and implementing scientific sound clinical research outcomes.

Recent testimony:

I would like to express my thanks for the training given yesterday and the previous session last month.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Never an easy task to make guideline training interesting.  Well done for achieving this with ease.

Thanks again.

Jeanette Young
Head of Quality Management

About the Presenters

Karen Cloete obtained her BSC degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997 where after she opened her private practice, Boland Therapy and Learning Centre, in Paarl and Malmesbury. Karen has worked in clinical research since 2008 and joined TASK Applied Science in 2010, where she instituted the Quality division.

Karen holds the position of Quality and Regulatory Head leading the two teams she coordinates and oversees study start up to site initiation, drafts, evaluates and implements quality systems, guidelines and policies for the company – working closely with all sponsors and TASK teams to ensure integrity and validity of data across all sites and various protocols.

Her passion for training and maintaining good clinical practice together with the support of TASK was the main driver behind TASK Academy being established in 2017 where she shares her knowledge and experience gained with other clinical research and future professionals.


Lauren Philips obtained her BSc (Hons) cum laude degree in Dietetics (2007), as well as her Masters in Nutrition degree cum laude (2015), both from the University of Stellenbosch.

After practising in the nutrition field for several years, gaining valuable experience in the public, private and NGO sectors, she took up a position as a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, in 2012.

It was here where her love of research began, as her passion for high quality research was strengthened by participating in various research projects in the faculty, ranging from pure clinical studies to public health knowledge building.  Her relationship with TASK began during the data collection phase of her post-graduate studies, and she was formally appointed as a Quality Assurance Manager at TASK in 2017.

Lauren is currently involved in the development and implementation of quality systems across TASK (quality management plans / systems, conducting internal study and system audits, etc.) and is also an accredited GCP and HIV course trainer.

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Course interested in:
  • Select Level of Experience
  • Beginner
  • Moderate
  • Advanced