Non UK or Community Based Study Personnel FAQs

1. What if study personnel on my University of Kentucky (UK) IRB protocol are not affiliated with UK?

The IRB does not mandate the type of HSP training for individuals who are NOT UK employees or students, therefore there are several options to meet the training mandate.

  • If external study personnel have completed an equivalent HSP training outside of UK, please submit documentation to ORI for review to confirm equivalency. Submit documentation of HSP training completion to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) to
  • University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Non-UK Human Subject Protection (HSP) Course *You MUST have a Coggno account to receive a certificate.
    See instructions for creating an account [HTML]
    Upon completing the course, send a copy of the certificate for the external personnel to

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Human Research Protection Training [HTML]
    Upon completing the course, send a copy of the certificate for the external personnel to

  • The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) online Ethics and Human Subject Protection training without Contact Hours is available to the public at no cost. [HTML]
    Upon completing the course, send a copy of the certificate for the external personnel to

2. Are there other HSP training options specific for individuals involved in community-engaged and community-based participatory research (CBPR)?

Traditional Human Subjects Protection training may not be appropriate for the study personnel who are laypersons in the community. There are a number of national programs available designed to educate nonscientific/nonprofessional community-based individuals. Alternate education may apply to those individuals who are laypersons, not students or researchers. Any alternative training plan must be submitted to ORI for review. For details, see the Study Personnel section of the  Community-Engaged and Community-Based Participatory Research Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]. Contact Belinda Smith, / 859-323-2446.

  • Suggested training:
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) CIRTification: Community Involvement in Research Training online course instructions [HTML]

3. What training is available for non-UK study personnel that work with or teach k-12 students?

ORI has developed training specifically for this group to enhance human subject protections for this population.  The investigator is responsible for providing the course information to the K-12 personnel and for notifying ORI upon their course completion.  After adding the non-UK study partners to E-IRB if not already added, email course completion documentation along with name and email to ORI will manually update the training records in E-IRB.

K-12 Teacher & Support Staff Human Subject Protection (HSP) Training [Launch Course]