The Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP) would like to share with you training and credentialing requirements and recommendations for your onboarding process. Check with your department manager or PI for specific departmental requirements. For other questions, you may contact CRSP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UAB Research Education Schematic

This comprehensive program has been designed to be flexible and to meet the needs of the entire research team.  Content is intended to address the competencies at various levels.  The overall goal is to strengthen the research capacity at UAB and to provide the entire research team with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct rigorous studies.

Onboarding Timeline


GCP Training - Required for All UAB Research Personnel

All UAB investigators and staff involved in clinical trials, regardless of funding source, are required to meet the NIH policy regarding GCP training for basic GCP training and refresher GCP training every three years. The policy can be found at Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials; NOT-OD-16-148.

  • Required to be taken within 2 weeks of employment into research for support staff, and prior to involvement in research by faculty
  • Required in different research areas (expect this to be required campus wide) before protocol involvement [currently required for most Federally funded studies]
  • Objective: understand the scientific and ethical standards of human subject research, including NIH, FDA, HHS and international clinical trial policies, guidelines and regulations
  • Offered on demand on the web (24/7)
  • Audience: entire research team
  • Metric/Evaluation: tracked in IRAP

Basic GCP Course Instructions:

  • Log in to the CITI program via UAB (use Blazer ID and UAB password): CITI Login Page.
  • This will bring you the CITI Main Menu.
  • Click Add a Course.
  • On the Select Curriculum page:
    • ​​​​​​Question 1, leave blank.
    • Question 2, check the first option, Good Clinical Practice and ICH.
    • Question 3, leave blank.
  • ​At the bottom of the page, click Submit.
  • You will be brought back to the Main Menu. The course you selected will be listed under the heading Course. Click on the course name to begin.
  • After completing the course, the Office of the IRB will be automatically notified.

Refresher GCP Course Instructions:

  • Log in the CITI Program via UAB (use Blazer ID and UAB password): CITI Login Page​.
  • This will bring you to the CITI Main Menu.
  • Click Add a Course.
  • ​On the Select Curriculum page:
    • Question 1, leave blank.
    • Question 2, check the second option, ICH GCP (Good Clinical Practice) Refresher Course.
    • Question 3, leave blank.
  • ​At the bottom of the page, click Submit.
  • You will be brought back to the Main Menu. The course you selected will be listed under the heading Course. Click on the course name to begin.
  • After completing the course, the Office of the IRB will be automatically notified.

Initial IRB Training – Required for All UAB Research Personnel

UAB research personnel must complete the 4-credit requirement for initial IRB training.
  • CITI Online: CITI Basic-Biomedical or Behavioral-Course in Human Research Protections, University of Miami
    • Required to be taken within 2 weeks of employment for support staff, and prior to involvement in research by faculty.
    • Required by the IRB and required before any human subject protocol involvement
    • Objective: describe responsibilities and procedures for protecting the rights and safeguarding the welfare of human subjects who participate in research
    • Offered on demand on the web (24/7)
    • Audience: entire research team
    • Metric/Evaluation: tracked in IRAP

CCTS Research Orientation Program (ROP) - offered by CRSP

  • This one-session, four-hour program is offered to new employees within 2 months of hire
  • Content of the course is focused on the basic flow of a research study (general information)
  • Offered virtually
  • Objective: to provide an overview of the language of research and a general review of the entire process of implementing a study.  Additionally, this program will provide the attendees with information about resources on campus.
  • Program addresses: GCPs, roles and responsibilities, pre-study activities, during-study activities, and post-study activities
  • Test at beginning and end of program to assess knowledge gain
  • Audience: entire research team
  • CMEs offered
Inquire by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register here.

CCTS Research Training Program (RTP) - offered by CRSP

  • This is a 24 hour course (six 4-hr sessions over 6 weeks, offered twice annually) for research team members
  • Traditionally a face to face program with classroom/didactic lectures and hands on activities – now offered virtually
  • Objective: to operationalize GCP, provide contacts for mentoring, and identify resources
  • CMEs offered
  • Pre and post-test; daily evaluations to assess knowledge gain
  • Audience: entire team with focus on research coordinators (nurse and non-nurses)
  • Cost: $150 enrollment fee
Inquire by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register here.

CCTS Clinical Investigator Training Program (CITP) – offered by CRSP

  • Key topics for investigators covering roles and responsibilities, informed consenting, recruitment and retention, UAB navigation, mentors, etc.
  • Virtual courses with interactive activities
  • Program developed with investigator input/feedback
  • Objective: to operationalize GCPs
  • Content is focused on the investigator’s role in study implementation
  • Evaluations at the end of each program/session
  • Audience: all investigators

CCTS Research Seminar Series (RSS) – offered by CRSP

  • 2 1-hr sessions each month (first and third Thursday of each month), offered 10 months each year
  • Research Grand Rounds opportunity offering interactive activities: writing budgets, completing IRB submissions, etc.
  • Objective: provide opportunity for continuing education with more in depth information
  • Audience: entire research team with focus on investigators, regulatory staff, research administrators and research coordinators
  • CMEs frequently offered
  • Evaluations at the end of each session

CCTS Lunch & Learn – organized by CRSP

  • A public meeting with the goal to present new and critical issues related to existing, new, and pending research processes at UAB
  • Audience: entire research team, primarily coordinators, regulatory staff, data managers and administrators
  • Offered quarterly (Tuesdays, 11:30am – 1pm)
  • Traditionally held in Margaret Spain Auditorium, now offered virtually

Conflict of Interest – Required for All UAB Research Personnel

  • Under Submit New Forms (on the left side of the page),
    • Click on External/Internal Activity Approval/Financial Interest Disclosure and the form will open.
    • Select the appropriate answer for “My Employment Classification Is”
    • Please answer “YES” to “Are you an Investigator or an Institutional Official”
    • Please select Disclosure of Financial Interest (3rd selection)
  • Please answer the remaining questions and click “submit”

The Kirklin Clinic Travel Badge

If, in your role, you will be performing research activities at the UAB entities including the Kirklin Clinic, UAB Hospital, and Children’s of Alabama, you will need to apply to receive Traveler’s privileges.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IATA – Required if your study activity involves specimens/labs

Campus LMS: https://uab.docebosaas.com/learn
Please complete these courses:
  • Shipping Infectious Substances Category B
  • Shipping with Dry Ice
  • Medical Waste Management for Labs

The Bloodborne Pathogens Course (BIO500)

Who is required to take this course?

If you are a UAB employee with the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens in your workplace environment, you must complete this initial training course.  Additionally, there will be an annual update course that will be required.

Campus LMS: https://uab.docebosaas.com/learn

Training required for select CRSP employees

Inquire by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Children’s of Alabama access and processes
  • IMPACT Access and training
  • OnCore Training
  • Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance Program
  • HIPAA Training
  • CPR
  • Proof of licensure
  • Annual Review of CRSP SOPs
  • VA access (only if applicable)