9. Looking for Research Training?

The different training requirements for researchers are listed below in this section. In addition, the Community Health Sciences (CHS), the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) and the University of Manitoba (UM) conduct trainings and workshops on an ongoing basis on many relevant research topics. Researchers are welcome to attend them based on their interest.

9.1 (Possibly) Required Training

Prior to conducting research, an investigator/researcher may be required to complete privacy and human protection training. Below are links to training requirements. Researchers should not assume that the training they receive from one facility is recognized by another. Occasionally, researchers may be required to complete training on the same topic from differing agencies to ensure regulatory compliance.

9.1.1 Privacy Training

Privacy training to support the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) can be found at Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living - PHIA Online Training Program; at the University of Manitoba - PHIA/Privacy Training; and at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority - PHIA/Privacy Training.

9.1.2 Human Participants' Protection Training

Human participant protection training is required to be completed by all principal investigators (PI) submitting research to any of the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Boards (REB) for ethical review. The REB requires that the PI complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement Course on Research Ethics (TCPS2 CORE) prior to the awarding of the Certificate of Approval.

TCPS2 CORE is an online modular tutorial providing training on the safe and ethical conduct of research with humans and takes approximately 3 - 5 hours to complete. A certificate of completion is provided at the end of the course. This certificate will be requested by the REB before the Certificate of Final Approval is awarded.

Please Note: All members of your research team, including research nurses, research associates, and assistants are strongly encouraged to complete TCPS2 CORE training.

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Key personnel of your research team may also be required to complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Online Tutorial - "Human Participants Protection for Research Teams". This is a free tutorial offered to Researchers under a US federal funding (e.g. NIH) and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. For more information: Protecting Human Research Participants - NIH Office of Extramural Research

9.1.3 Sex and Gender Training

CIHR and Tri-Council stress the importance of incorporating sex (biological attributes) and gender (socially constructed roles, behaviours and identities) into health research when appropriate. CIHR Institute of Gender and Health offers online Sex and Gender training courses

9.1.4 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

WHMIS is Canada’s hazard communication system that was developed to provide workers with information on the safe use, storage, production, and handling of hazardous materials in the workplace. WHMIS Training can be accessed through the University of Manitoba

9.1.5 Biosafety

The UM Environmental Health and Safety Department provides information for Principal Investigator labs and biosafety training for research personnel. Generic Biosafety is currently a one-time requirement for all new laboratory personnel with subsequent refresher training as needed. Biological Safety can be accessed here

9.1.6 CITI Training

Researchers may also consider obtaining online training from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). This non-profit organization, in partnership with the Network of Networks (N2), provides Canadian researchers with training in:

  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Refresher Courses
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Humans
  • Privacy in Research
  • Biomedical Research Ethics
  • Social and Behavioral Ethics
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods/International Air Transport Association.

For more information visit the CITI Program Course Offerings or contact the Centre for Healthcare Innovation for access to this free training.

9.1.7 Other Educational & Training Resources