Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am a NIH user, how can I log in?

  • Select HHS staff as your Account Type from the dropdown menu. You may log in with the NIH username/password combination that you use to access your NIH desktop computer or the NIH VPN.
  • In the username box enter “NIH\” followed by your NIH username (example: NIH\doej). Note the use of the backslash “\” (the key above the <Enter> key on most keyboards).

2. I am a non-NIH user, how can I log in?

You can log in using one of the following methods:


  • Select Open ID as your Account Type from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose your Open ID provider (Google or VeriSign)
  • Log in with your existing username and password or create a new account following the provider’s instructions

Non-NIH users affiliated with an NIH Federated research institution may log in using an existing institution username and password

  • Select Research Institution as your Account Type from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose your research institution and log in using your existing username and password for that institution.

3. Which topics are included in the Good Clinical Practices (GCP) online training?

The training courses cover the scientific and ethical standards of human subject research, including NIH, FDA, HHS, and international clinical trial policies, guidelines, and regulations. The human subjects protection training requirements of the NIAID clinical terms of award for grants and cooperative agreements, as well as the NIAID GCP Training Policy can be fulfilled through completing these courses. As this training is only an introduction to GCP, we encourage all individuals involved in human subjects research to continue learning through formal education, mentorship, and reading.

4. Is this course appropriate outside of NIAID?

The GCP course explains how to know which guidance, policy, and/or regulation needs to be followed under different circumstances. Where appropriate, NIAID-specific policies are referenced as examples. However, the learning objectives, activities, quizzes, and tests have no NIAID-specific content and the course is appropriate for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research.

5. Can I skip parts of the training I already know?

All topics and courses must be viewed in sequence.

6. What if I am already knowledgeable about a course’s topic content? Do I still need to take the entire course?

A score of 90% on the optional Pre-test allows you to immediately earn a certificate of completion. Once the course has begun, the Pre-test will no longer be available. You will only be given a Pre-test score, but no feedback on each question. You may also demonstrate understanding of individual topics, allowing for navigation through the understood topic.

7. Do I need to complete the entire course at once?

If you wish to complete the course at another time, you may sign out. When you return, you can pick up where you left off. The system will remember which courses and topics you have completed and start with the next one.

8. How do I earn a certificate of completion?

A score of 80% on the Post-test is required to earn a certificate of completion. The Post-test may be taken as many times as necessary. After successfully passing the Post-test for each course, you will be able to print a Certificate of Completion. You may print it upon completing the course, or by clicking on the certificate link on the course menu page.

9. What is the "grayed" text?

"Grayed" text has not yet been accessed and therefore will be unavailable until the content is reviewed sequentially. Any content already reviewed may be accessed via the left navigational outline.

10. How do I request help during the training?

To request help, click on the Help link located in the upper right-hand corner of the page; an email will be sent to the GCP Help Desk.

11. How do I submit my comments about the training?

At any point during your visit, you are encouraged to complete our Satisfaction Survey by clicking on the link located at the bottom of the course navigation.

12. What are the system requirements?

The system requirements can be found on the GCP learning website.

Last modified: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:24 AM