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Recertification Training

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Human Research Protection Program has developed a compliance training recertification requirement for researchers who are engaged in human subjects research. To better align the Johns Hopkins recertification policy with peer institutions and funding agencies, as well as be consistent with study team member recertification requirements, effective March 1, 2016, PIs will be required to complete HSR training recertification every 3 years. Study team members must complete recertification within 3 years of their initial HSR compliance training, and then complete recertification every 3 years.

HSR recertification is required for NEW APPLICATION submissions only (all study team members) and CHANGE IN RESEARCH submissions (only study team members being added – not existing study team members). If the required recertification courses have not been completed by the PI and all study team members prior to submission of the new application, the application will be returned to the PI.

Who needs it?

  • For Principal Investigators (PIs), recertification will include 4 required online modules and 1 in-person activity. The list of in-person activities will include a variety of instructor-led courses and in-person workshops offered throughout the calendar year. A combination of the 4 required modules and 1 of the in-person activities will result in the completion of PI recertification.
  • For all other study team members, recertification will include 4 required online modules and 2 additional courses available for choosing. A combination of the 4 required modules and 2 additional course available for choosing will result in the completion of study team recertification.


  • Non-affiliated study team members and Clinical Research Network (CRN) study team members may submit their compliance training recertification for Basic Human Subjects Research (BHSR) from CITI, their local institution or another institution, such as NIH.
  • For eIRB applications that are determined to be not human subjects research (NHSR),  recertification is not required.
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (SPH) and Homewood study team members can submit human subjects recertification certificates from their local institution. Please note: SPH and Homewood are on a 5-year recertification. We will accept certificates that are  <5 years old.

How do I register?

Please note: you MUST enroll in the available modules and lectures using the links provided above. You will receive credit for only those items listed within your recertification tracker.