Training & Education

Hamilton Health Sciences Research Administration has complied a key training resource for investigators and research staff working under the auspices of our research enterprise. We now offer access to training and certification courses, as well as reference tools to help fulfil the standards governed by federal and provincial regulatory and legislative bodies.

  • HHS Research Orientation Slide Deck

    Research Administration has developed a Research Orientation Slide Deck for investigators and research staff new to HHS. To learn more about the HHS research enterprise and key operations material, click on each hyperlink in the below table of contents:

  • HHS Research Required Training

    The following research training is required, at a minimum, based on the type of study that is being conducted: 

    The Compliance Team will monitor research staff training records on an ongoing basis. The training modules can be found here. 


  • CITI Canada Online Training

    Through our membership affiliation with N2 Canada, HHS Research Administration is able to provide free CITI Canada online training and certification courses for members of our research community. Please visit for access to the CITI Program. When registering for CITI training, please select "Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation/McMaster University (N2)" as your institution.

    The following are a list of available courses: 

    •  Good Clinical Practice (GCP) - Basic and Refresher modules 
    •  CITI Canada Privacy Course
    •  Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Human   Subjects
    •  Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Life Science Canada 
    •  Biomedical Research Ethics Tutorial - Canada 
    •  Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG/IATA) - Canada 
    •  Social and Behavioural Research - Canada
  • N2 SOP's & Tools

    Networks of Networks (N2) offers Standard Operating Procedures to its members. These SOP's are in compliance with Health Canada Food and Drug Regulations (HC), the International Conference on Harmonization Tripartite Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP), and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS-2). HHS, SJHH & McMaster encourage research teams to use N2 SOP's in the absence of program/research-specific SOP's.

    To view the N2 SOP's, please visit:

  • ACRP Training

    Together, HHS, McMaster University and the Research Institute of St. Joe's Hamilton have partnered with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) to provide a training platform to our research communities. For a list of course descriptions, please down the ACRP course catalogue, or see the partial list below: 

    • Good Clinical Practice
    • Ethics and Human Subject Protection
    • The Drug Development Process
    • Understanding Clinical Trial Protocols
    • Building Quality Management Systems for Sites and Sponsors
    • Mastering Budgeting at your Site
    • Key Skills for Ensuring Quality Control through Risk Based-Decision Making
    • Inspection Readiness: Best Practices for Managing Clinical Trial Inspections
    • Risk-Based Monitoring
    • Improving Recruitment

    Please note: these courses are not intended to replace other institutional training requirement, but to serve as a useful resource to enhance skill sets and best practices. 

    To register and receive access to the Hamilton clinical research eLearning platform, please contact: 

  • The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)

    With more than 1000 members, the Canadian Association of Research Administrators' (CARA) strength, is in its diversity and comprehensive approach to the research administration profession. CARA is a dynamic organization with a myriad of activities that include career and professional development, awards, advocacy and a mentorship program that benefit research administrators across Canada. CARA hosts a national annual conference that brings together its membership from varying disciplines: universities, hospitals, government entities and industry. In addition, it offers a robust career and professional development platform through topical webinars. CARA supports its members and the research administration profession by providing dynamic learning opportunities led by experts from across Canada and internationally. 

    To learn more about how to become a member, visit their website