Certified Critical Thinking and Research Analyst (CCTRA)

Certification Overview

Certified Critical Thinking and Research Analyst (CCTRA)

Exam Code: CCTRA-001

A research analyst is a professional who is responsible for reviewing, collecting, and reporting on a variety of data sets and information sources. Analysts are very common in the sciences, particularly in pharmaceutical research, though they exist in almost any discipline that deals with data or information assessment over time. In most cases, research analysts have at least graduate-level education, as well as a great deal of experience within their subject area. Their reports are often used to drive new innovations or direct future developments.

In today's society, many people experience information overload. We are bombarded with messages to believe various ideas, purchase things, support causes, and lead our lifestyle in a particular way. How do you know what to believe? How do you separate the truth from the myths?

The answer lies in critical thinking skills. The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today's world.

In this age of information overload, it can be hard to know where to find good information that you can trust. If you're doing research for an important project, report, or proposal, how do you find information that you can count on?

Areas of Work

Work for research analysts is most plentiful in disciplines that rely on data for making decisions. The financial and banking industries, as well as many business strategists, hire analysts with some regularity. There also tend to be plentiful openings in the sciences, where test results and experimental outcomes must be documented, analyzed, and often codified.

Main Goals and Purposes

Most researchers work as members of information-gathering teams. They correlate and analyze data both internally and externally, and validate information against trade publications and other leading papers in order to provide support and validity to current theories or hypotheses.

Analysts typically compile the data they find into comprehensive reports for executives and, in some cases, corporate shareholders. Detailed data sets are usually very important when it comes to learning from the past and making reasoned predictions about the future. Executives often use the information in analysts' reports to make decisions about investments and new projects.

E-Course Duration: 10 to 15 Hours

Exam Information

The exam comprises of 40 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 70% (28 out of 40 correct) to pass the exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour (60 Minutes).

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam held via ProctorU. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

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  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times

The Certified Critical Thinking and Research Analyst (CCTRA)® Certificate is valid for life.

CCTRA® is a Registered Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Critical Thinking and Research Analyst (CCTRA)® Certification has no pre-requisites (Completion of an E-Course is not mandatory from GAQMBok portal), but we highly recommend doing the E-Course as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Critical Thinking

  • Understanding critical thinking
  • Other types of thinking
  • Pitfalls to reasoned decision making
  • Critical thinking process
  • A critical thinker’s skill set
  • Creating explanations
  • Dealing with assumptions
  • Common sense
  • Critical and creative thought systems
  • Presenting powerful arguments
  • Putting it into practice

Module 2 – Research Skills

  • Why are research skills important?
  • Basic skills (reading, note-taking, and recall)
  • Planning your research strategy
  • Where to look and what to look for
  • Finding information the old-fashioned way
  • Researching with the internet
  • Getting ready to write
  • Putting pen to paper

Target Audience

  • This certification is applicable to leaders and managers at all levels and other people that wrestle with complex problems as part of their job.
  • This certification is designed for managers who are interested in refining their research skills.

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
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  • Hard Copy Certificate will be shipped to your mailing address and a Digital Badge will be sent to your email if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 175 USD


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  • E-Course is Valid for 20 days
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  • Course Duration: 20 Days
  • Price: 75 USD


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