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Training for Investigators

The CDPHE Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires that all CDPHE or affiliated principal investigators, planning or engaging in research involving human subjects, complete a human participant protections tutorial. Other responsible members of research teams are encouraged to also complete the tutorial. The tutorial presents common concepts, principles, and issues related to protection of human research subjects. The tutorial will help investigators and their teams to identify research activities that involve human participants, and to protect participants' rights and welfare. Protocol reviews and continuing reviews will not be approved without documentation that training has been completed.

The minimum training requirement can be completed in one of two ways:


  1. Complete the online training "Protecting Human Research Participants" available at the National Institutes of Health web site. The tutorial will provide investigators a Completion Certificate. A copy of the Completion Certificate should be sent to the CDPHE IRB administrator.
  2. Complete the CD-based training Investigator 101 Training for Investigators in the Responsible Conduct of Human Subjects Research. A copy of the CD is available from the IRB chairperson. A signed memorandum stating completion of the CD-based training should be sent to the CDPHE IRB chairperson.


Substitution of the requirement described above with equivalent or similar training should be discussed with the IRB chair.