For an application to be approved by the USC IRB, all study personnel must complete Human Subjects (HS) research training. Additional training may be required based on study specific factors. The online course used (unless otherwise stated) is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at CITI Program. Please refer to the CITI FAQs for more information.
Refer to the Research Training Finder for course requirements by position.
iStar submissions of any type (new, amendment, continuing review) are prohibited when the requisite certificates are due to expire within 30 days. In addition, the IRB will no longer approve submissions when study personnel are not in compliance with the required certification(s).
All human subjects applications (exempt, expedited and full board) require all study personnel listed in section 2.1 to have current human subjects certificates; all studies that meet NIH’s definition of a clinical trial require all study personnel to have current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificates and all studies that accessing protected health information (PHI) require all study personnel to have successfully completed USC’s Research HIPAA certification course.
Applications submitted without the requisite certificates contribute to delays in the IRB process, including approval. Please refer to Chapter 12.3 of our policies for more information.
Conflict of Interest Training
Environmental Health and Safety
Export Controls Course
Generic Classroom Courses
Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
Human Subjects Research Training
HIPAA Research Training
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
CER Recordings and Materials
OPRS and IRB collaborates with the Center for Excellence in Research to provide workshops for USC researchers.
Clinical Research Glossary
A glossary list of research words and their meanings.
CTSI Training and Education
CTSI offers educational opportunities to USC faculty, staff, students, and scholars in a variety of formats to accommodate the various research personnel needs (workshops, seminars, webinars, courses, self-study modules).