21. Training Requirements for Human Research

Updated Oct. 23, 2018

All persons involved in the design, implementation, review, and oversight of human research must complete and maintain the required training to comply with regulatory requirements; to conduct ethical and scientifically-sound research; and to adequately protect human participants. A federal agency or sponsor funding the research may require additional training and/or at an increased frequency. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator and study team members to be aware of the additional training requirement and to comply with the training requirements.

Training Requirements for Human Research
Type of Research/Researcher Required Training
University and Affiliate Researchers

Option 1: THOR Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities

Enrollment information for UNR faculty, staff, students:

  1. Go to WebCampus (webcampus.unr.edu) and log in as you normally do to access courses with your netID/Password.
  2. While logged into WebCampus, follow the link to enroll in the IRB course (unr.canvaslms.com/enroll/X3B4LC) via a new tab or window of the same browser. Important – you must be logged into WebCampus in the same browser you are using to enroll in the course by opening a new tab or new window of the browser.
  3. You should then see a link to complete the enrollment without having to enter your username and password.

Contact RI for enrollment assistance if you do not have a UNR netID/Password.

Option 2: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) ethics training courses

Group 1: Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group

Group 2: Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group

Training must be renewed every five years and linked to the researcher’s user profile IRBNet. (Note: If you have taken the CITI training at your prior institution, you can transfer your training by re-affiliating with University of Nevada, Reno; there may be additional questions to complete, as each institution has different training requirements.)

Additional training is required for research conducted or supported by the Public Health Service or National Science Foundation.

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System All investigators and research team members who propose to conduct research at the VASNHCS must satisfy VA training requirements. For information about VA training requirements, contact the VASNHCS Research Office at (775) 328-1486.
Clinical Trials/Registries
UNR Med and Affiliate Researchers at Renown Health/Saint Mary’s Medical Center

Option #1: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) ethics training courses

Group 2: Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group

Option #2: THOR Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities

Contact Research Integrity for account registration and click on the THOR Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities and enter your assigned User Name/Password below.

Training must be renewed every five years and linked to the researcher’s user profile IRBNet.

Providing the IRB with Training Documentation

RI monitors compliance with human research protection training requirements through an option available from IRBNet as follows:

  1. All University and Affiliate researchers are required to register with IRBNet and upload their THOR, CITI and NIH training certificates to their user profiles.
  1. All collaborating investigators from other institutions or independent collaborating investigators must provide evidence of compliance with training requirements to the PI to be uploaded in the project submission.

During the review process for exempt and non-exempt new projects, continuing reviews, and modifications involving the addition of research personnel, RI staff verifies training information for all researchers on the project. Exemption determinations and approvals can only be granted if all research team members have fulfilled their training requirements.