Training Requirements for Conducting Human Subject Research


Right to Know Basic Awareness with the Global Harmonized System: Required for all faculty, staff & students.

  • Completed By: Immediately upon employment
  • Available: As part of online new employee orientation or at http://www.usg.edu/facilities/resources/training/
  • Format: Web-based
  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Frequency:  Once
  • Contact: Division of Environmental Health and Safety @ 706-721-2663

HIPAA: Required for all faculty, staff & students.

  • Completed By: By assigned completion date
  • Available: Via email with 2 weeks of employment state date
  • Format: Web-based link provided in email
  • Length: 1-1.5 hours
  • Frequency: When assigned & during Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Audit and Compliance @ 706-721-2663

Collaborative Training IRB Initiative (CITI) Training: Human research protection training required for all research team members listed on Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission:

  • Complete By: Must be completed before working on any IRB approved study, complete Learner Group 1 – FDA Regulated Research
  • Available: At any time
  • Format: Web-based program (www.citiprogram.org)
  • Length: 4-6 hours
  • Frequency: Recertification required every three years
  • Contact: Clinical Research Training Coordinator, Institutional Review Board Office @ 706-721-1481 

 Human Research Academy: Required for all new research team members conducting human subject research.

  • Complete By: Within 6  months of employment or being added to a research team
  • Available: After completing CITI training
  • Format: Classroom Lecture and Didactic training
  • Length: 1 week generally ½ day sessions in the morning
  • Frequency: Once (offered in April and October each year; 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Contact: SVP’s Office – 706-721-6900 

 IRBNet Training: For all new research team members who use the electronic IRB submission system to submit regulatory and other study related documents.

  • Complete By: As assigned
  • Available: Check with IRB Training Office
  • Format: Classroom support training or online documents
  • Length: 5 - 2 hours and other times as needed
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Contact: Clinical Research Training Coordinator, Institutional Review Board Office @ 706-721-1481 

 Research Team Member Orientation: Recommended for new research team members.

  •  Available: Upon employment
  • Format: Informal introductions, discussions, and tour of research administration and Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Frequency: Once
  • Contact: SVP’s Office @ 706-721-6900 

 Initial Biosafety and Blood Borne Pathogen Training: Required for anyone working with hazardous biological materials, including human specimens. 

  • Complete By: Before working with biological specimens or before being involved in an IBC protocol submission or amendment
  • Available: Assigned by Biosafety Office
  • Format: Online after assignment is made at https://idp.gru.edu:8443/nidp/saml2/sso?id=MCGLogin&sid=0&option=credential&sid=0
  • Length: 2+ hour
  • Frequency: When assigned by supervisor and during Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Division of Environmental Health and Safety @ 706-721-2663 

 Initial Chemical Safety Training: Required for anyone working with chemicals in a laboratory.

  • Complete By: Before working in a laboratory
  • Available: Monthly, last Wednesday or Thursday of the month at 1 pm (Registration Required)
  • Format: Didactic
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Frequency: When assigned by supervisor and during Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Division of Environmental Health and Safety @ 706-721-2663 

 Shipping of Biological Substances and Support Materials:  Required for anyone shipping dangerous good, potentially infectious substances, or using dry ice (Clinical/diagnostic/biological samples, anything on dry ice)

  • Complete By: Before shipping dangerous or infectious goods
  • Available: As needed
  • Format: Online
  • Length: 2+ hours
  • Frequency: When assigned by supervisor and during Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Division of Environmental Health and Safety @ 706-721-2663 

 Right to Know Hazardous Waste Awareness:  Required for chemical users.

  •  Completed By: Prior to working in a laboratory
  • Available: Upon Employment
  • Format: Web-based - http://www.usg.edu/facilities/resources/training/
  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Frequency: Initially and with Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Division of Environmental Health and Safety @ 706-721-2663 

 Radiation Safety Initial Training Course:  Required for anyone working with radioactive material or radiation emitting equipment.

  • Available: Offered monthly on the 2nd Friday at 8 am (Registration Required)
  • Format: Classroom lecture
  • Length: 6 hours
  • Frequency: Initially and then with Annual Compliance
  • Contact: Environmental Health and Safety Office @ 706-721-9826 

 Oncore Training:  Required for all Clinical Research Coordinators, there are several classes.

  • Available: Check Oncore Website
  • Format: Classroom lecture – video introductions also available, but must attend the classes
  • Length: 1-6 hours, dependent upon course being taken
  • Frequency: As needed
  • Contact: Oncore@augusta.edu

 Regulatory Binder Training:  Required for all Clinical Research Coordinators, there are several classes. 

  • Available: Check with CTO Manager
  • Format: Classroom lecture
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Frequency:  Offered about every 6 weeks by CTO 
  • Contact: CTO Manager @ 706-721-0193 

 Study Start-up Training:  Required for all Clinical Research Coordinators there are several classes. 

  • Available: Check with CTO Manager
  • Format: Classroom lecture
  • Length: 5 hours
  • Frequency:  Offered about every 6 weeks by CTO 
  • Contact: CTO Manager @ 706-721-0193 

 Audit Findings Review:  Required for all Clinical Research Coordinators, there are several classes

  • Available: Check with CTO Manager
  • Format: Conference Room Staff Discussion
  • Length: 30 minutes of staff meeting
  • Frequency: 3rd Tuesday of each month
  • Contact: CTO Manager @ 706-721-0193 

 Human Research Academy 201 and 301:  Required for all Clinical Research Coordinators based on their role in their area.

  • Available:  Currently being reworked and will be announced
  • Format: Lecture/Discussion
  • Length: 1-3 hours, depending on how new format is developed
  • Frequency: Each class is offered every 12 weeks
  • Contact: Watch for announcements of classes reopening. 

 Additional Training: Other training as assigned by study sponsors, including training for Interactive Voice Response Training (IVRS) and remote data entry (RDC), vender-specific training, investigator meetings, and on-site training with monitors.