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Institutional Review Board : Training (Required) for Students & Faculty/Staff


All investigators are required to complete training on protecting human participants prior to IRB submission. The IRB is committed to ensuring training, and no submitted protocols will be approved without a verification certificate from the approved tutorials.  Further, all investigators are required to renew their human subjects training every 3 years.

From time to time some students and/or faculty may have taken other courses on the protection of human research participants. The IRB will consider requests for substitution. If this applies to you, please email the IRB ( and attach a copy of the certificate received. If the course taken is comparable to Brescia's requirements it will likely be accepted as a substitute.

Training for STUDENTS

Students must complete the Protection of Human Research Participants Course (from NIH Ofc of Extramural Research) provided by the university on Moodle. Students accomplish this by logging into Moodle and using this link to enroll in the course: Verification certificates will be returned to students within two business days. Students are encouraged to provide their Faculty Advisor/PI with a copy as well as keep their own personal copy.

Training for FACULTY and/or STAFF

Principal investigators are required to complete one of the on-line training courses listed below. 

Option 1 - PHRP Online Training This course requires a $49 fee. Register as an individual, pay the fee and take the course. Verification certificates are generated upon successfully completing the course. Please download, email a copy to the IRB ( and keep a personal copy. Faculty development funds may be used to cover the cost.

Option 2 - Human Research Protection Training This is a multi-lesson course offered FREE through the Office of Human Research Protection of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. If you choose this option, be sure to complete Lessons 1, 2, 3 & 4. A certificate is given for each lesson. Download and send all four certificates to the IRB ( and keep a personal copy.

Additional Training Opportunities

In addition to the tutorials above, investigators are encouraged to view training videos prepared by the Office for Human Research Protections: Educational Resources for Investigators.

OHRP offers even more videos at