Training, Certification, and Learning Opportunities
The Graduate School offers many free seminars and workshops related to policies, procedures and regulations for research and graduate education throughout the year. The sessions are open to all members of the campus community.
These seminars are no longer being offered. However, previous seminars are available at the grad school seminar series video library.
To request a copy of the DVD of the following 2007-2008 seminar, contact Norman Fost, MD.
- Ethical Issues in Genetic Research, presented by Norman Fost, MD on 01/08/08
UW-Madison offers a wealth of resources intended to enrich your graduate studies and enhance your professional skills. The Graduate School encourages you to take advantage of the resources that best fit your needs and support your career goals. Check out the resources on this page and keep informed of fellowship announcements and professional development opportunities by reading GradLink@Madison.
Ethics are fundamental to all academic research. They foster the trust necessary for complex institutions of modern research to function. In particular, researchers' behavior must inspire their colleagues' trust in their research results and the public's trust that the information created through university research is reliable and that public funding of research is valuable.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: The National Science Foundation, by mandate of the United States Congress in the America Competes Act, Section 7009 requires all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF research funding to receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF research funding at the University of Wisconsin must take the Responsible Conduct of Research course in Learn@UW. This training is also recommended for those not currently required to complete this course.
This applies to all NSF awards granted for proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010.
To register for the course, please use your UW NetID and password to login to Learn@UW. In the upper right corner next to the current date, is a self register option. Please click on Self Register and then on Responsible Conduct of Research. This will walk you through a series of verifications. Once you have completed the registration, you have successfully registered for the course.
For more information, see the Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar schedule for spring 2011. To register, go to http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/reg/catalog_series.aspx?serieskey=349
A list of Research Ethics Courses (offered for credit) was compiled by the Graduate School to aid in the identification of courses that may fulfill various program requirements.
Help desk for UW-Madison NSF RCR training: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-890-2468.
- Human Subjects Protection
- Good Clinical Practice
- Effort Reporting
- Stem Cell Research
- Research Professional Development Series: for Clinical Research Coordinators
Click here to Login to CITI
- How to Access and Complete CITI Training
- FAQs about CITI Human Subjects Training
- !! CITI Training Tips for ARROW Users
- Helpdesk for UW-Madison CITI training: email@example.com or 608-262-1703
- VA training questions: call the VA at 608-256-1901 x17863
- HIPAA training questions: email the HIPAA Privacy Officer
UW-Madison Researcher Certificate of Completion Database (requires UW-Madison NetID to log on)
Human Subjects Training is Required
All researchers listed on a human subjects research study submitted to one of the UW-Madison IRB offices must complete human subjects protection training before the study can be approved. Training must be taken every three years. See, UW-Madison human subjects training policy: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/hrpp/10005.pdf
IMPORTANT!! Researchers on studies reviewed by the Education Research IRB or Social & Behavioral Science IRB must have completed human subjects training before the study can be submitted to the ED/SBS IRBs Office.
Training for UW-Madison Researchers
All UW-Madison researchers (employees and students) must complete one or both of the UW-Madison CITI Human Subjects Protection Training courses every three years. To successfully complete a UW-Madison CITI Human Subjects Protection Training course, a researcher must obtain a score of 85% averaged across all quiz questions.
NOTE!! In order for your human subjects training to show up in an ARROW IRB application, you must take the UW-Madison CITI training by logging into the UW-Madison CITI portal using your UW-Madison netID.
Access the UW-Madison CITI portal here: https://my.gradsch.wisc.edu/citi
Accessing Basic Training
To access the basic training, log into the UW-Madison CITI portal here. On the Main Menu page, click on the link "Add a course...". On the Select Curriculum page, under Question 2, check the box for one or both of the courses listed below:
Human Subjects Protection for Biomedical Researchers (if you are listed only on studies reviewed by the HS IRB or MR IRB)
Human Subjects Protection for Education, Social & Behavioral Science Researchers (if you are listed on studies reviewed by the ED IRB or SBS IRB)
- Select both courses if you are listed on studies reviewed by each of the IRB offices.
If you have previously taken the UW-Madison CITI human subjects training basic course(s), you will get an email notice to take a refresher course(s) 90, 60 and 7 days before your expiration date, and a refresher course(s) will automatically appear in your CITI gradebook.
To access the refresher training, log into t he UW-Madison CITI portal CITI here. On the Main Menu page, look for UW Biomedical or UW Social & Behavioral Refresher Course(s) in your My Courses list.
Training for Non-UW-Madison research personnel
Non-UW-Madison collaborators listed on human subjects research study reviewed by any of the UW-Madison IRBs may also take UW-Madison's CITI Human Subjects Protection Training courses or one of the alternatives specified in Sec. VII.B of the UW-Madison's Human Subjects Training Policy.
If you are required to take CITI human subjects training at your home institution, you do not need to take UW-Madison's training. Instead, just send the other institution's completion report to the UW-Madison IRB office for manual entry of training information.
NOTE!! In order for your UW-Madison human subjects training to show up in an ARROW IRB application, you must take the UW-Madison CITI training by logging into the UW-Madison CITI portal using your UW-Madison netID. Click here to access the portal: https://my.gradsch.wisc.edu/citi
If you do not have a UW-Madison netID, you can obtain one prior to taking your training by contacting the IRB office that will be reviewing the application: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/hrpp/irblinks.html
UW-Madison researchers required to take VA training can substitute the VA CITI training for UW-Madison’s CITI courses and do not have to take both.
Click here for instructions for requesting a merger of your new netID account with your completed training account.
If you are a new UW-Madison employee or student, click here for instructions on how to get credit against the UW-Madison CITI human subjects training for training you previously took at another institution.
If you are non-UW-Madison researcher who has completed CITI training for your home institution, contact the IRB office that is reviewing your study: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/hrpp/irblinks.html
NOTE: Neither HIPAA training nor Responsible Conduct of Research Training are substitutes for the required Human Subjects Protection Training. Some research personnel may be required to take HIPAA training for researchers in addition to human subjects training before being permitted to conduct human subjects research.
- FAQs about CITI Human Subjects Training
- Print and verify completion of Human Subjects Training
- UW-Madison's Human Subjects Training Policy (See, Sec. VII.B)
- As of June 7, 2007, CITI Human Subjects Protection Training courses replaced the former UW-Madison Human Subjects Tutorial. If you previously completed the UW-Madison Human Subjects Tutorial, you must now complete the UW-Madison CITI training.
Anyone affiliated with the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC), including researchers, members, staff, etc., must take the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training course in addition to one of the CITI Human Subjects Protection training course.
If you begin your affiliation with the UWCCC after January 1, 2008, you must take the CITI human subjects and GCP courses as well as HIPAA training before you can engage in any aspect of clinical research.
If you were affiliated with the UWCCC before the new CITI training went into effect on January 1, 2008 and previously completed the UW-Madison human subjects tutorial, you have until December 2008 to complete the new CITI training.
Training for Effort Reporting certifiers is mandatory. Each certifier must complete the training within 90 days of the first date on which a statement is available for certifying in ECRT. For all current certifiers, training must be completed by January 30, 2008. Certifiers can take a Web-based course offered through CITI or attend an in-person session. Refer to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), Effort Reporting web site for more information.
UW-Madison requires all researchers listed on an application submitted to the Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee complete Online Stem Cell Ethics and Policy Training before the application will be reviewed.
For instructions on how to access the Stem Cell Training with or without a UW-Madison netID, see, How to Access and Complete CITI Training.
The Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) has developed the course, Research Professional Development Series: For Clinical Research Coordinators, as part of a series to enhance research professional development in the clinical research environment.
Other Training Resources
All UW-Madison employees in those university units covered by HIPAA must complete the UW-Madison Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule Training program. This training program includes HIPAA training for researchers who will be using protected health information (or PHI) for research purposes.
Researchers who are not within one of the UW-Madison HIPAA covered units but who will be using PHI for research purposes must also complete the research component of the UW-Madison HIPAA Privacy Rule Training program.
For more information, see, UW-Madison HIPAA Privacy Rule Guidance.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to responsible stewardship of the animals used in research and to compliance with all of the laws and rules that apply. Given the importance of training and the diversity of training needs, the UW-Madison Research Animal Resource Center (RARC) training program is comprehensive and flexible. RARC's professional trainers ensure that people who care for or use animals are equipped to do so, by providing formal and on-the-job training and by maintaining up-to-date resources and materials.
UW–Madison Safety Department offers a wide range of resources and services to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. This includes safety training for laboratory personnel and others exposed to chemical, radioactive, or biohazardous material. They ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.