Depending on the nature of your research and funding, the IRB may require you to complete training on certain topics.

Human Subjects Research Training

  • Mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and all personnel listed on an IRB application.
  • The human subjects training certificate is valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • This course is offered in a social-behavioral version and a biomedical version. Both versions contain 6 modules with a passing score of 80%.
  • Accessible at

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • GCP is mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and study staff working on FDA regulated studies or NIH funded studies that fit the NIH definition of a clinical trial.
  • GCP training certificates are valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • GCP course is offered in three versions (devices, drugs, social-behavioral research). 15 modules must be completed with a passing score of 80%
  • Accessible at

HIPAA Training

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (aka “Privacy Rule”) requires all faculty, staff and other USC employees, as well as students, volunteers, agents and certain other individuals who have access to patient health information to complete a course on “protected health information.” Read more about the Privacy Rule.
  • This requirement can be satisfied by completing the USC HIPAA Training Course

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Conflict of Interest Training

Environmental Health and Safety

  • EH&S safety training courses ensure that all participants are aware of potential hazards in their work area, knowledgeable of safety measures to protect themselves, and compliant with USC policies as well as state and federal regulations. Find out what courses you need to take, and how to register –

“Generic Classroom” Courses

  • Mandated at the discretion of the instructor, the “generic classroom” courses are sometimes used as an assignment for research methods courses.
  • Access the generic classroom courses at