Webster University requires that Research Ethics Training must be completed by all individuals who are conducting research involving human subjects.  This includes not only the Principal Investigator, but anyone who will be in contact with human participants or their data, including the faculty supervisor (if the Principal Investigator is a student).

The purpose of research ethics training is to ensure that all regulatory and ethical factors are known and considered by all researchers, ensuring the highest standards in human subject protection.

The preferred training course* is Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP), administered by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  Once you have completed the training course, you will need to send proof of completion (Certificate of Completion) to  The certificate for Research Ethics Training is valid for three years from the date of completion.  IRB applications will not be reviewed before Certificates of Completion are on file for all researchers and, if necessary, all faculty supervisors. 

(* If you have completed this or other training at a different institution, you may submit this certificate in place of completing the PHRP training at this time.  Again, the certificate is valid for three years from date of completion.)

PHRP training can be found by following the link below:

You will be prompted to either create a new account or to log into an existing account.



 Once you have successfully logged in, you will be redirected to the PHRP Overview page.

 From the PRHP Overview Page:

Protecting Human Research Participants online training consists of seven modules; each addressing the principles used to define ethical research using humans and the regulations, policies, and guidance that describe the implementation of those principles. Four of these modules are followed by a quiz. The entire course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

 At the top of the Overview Page, you can click the link to begin the course.


Clicking on one of the modules (Introduction, History, etc.) will begin that module.  As indicated, four of the modules contain quizzes at the end.  Once all seven modules and four quizzes are complete, you can click “Get Certificate” to obtain your Certificate of Completion.

Email your Certification of Completion to  The certificate includes information on the date that you completed the training, and is valid for three years from that date. It is also recommended that you save a copy of your Certificate for your own records.