Workshop FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) RCR Workshops

Q: Who should attend this workshop?
A:  The OSP RCR Workshop is intended for undergraduate students, master's students, and postdoctoral scholars who are or have been funded by NSF or NIH projects that have an RCR compliance training requirement.

Q:  How much in-person RCR credit will I receive?
A:  Each workshop session satisfies one hour of the in-person requirement, and the sessions may be attended individually. Applicable students and postdocs must accumulate the required number of in-person training hours through workshops or other institutional-approved means, as specified by the Georgia Tech RCR Compliance Policy.*

Q:  Should doctoral students attend the workshops?
A:  The workshops do NOT satisfy the in-person training requirement for doctoral students. Doctoral students must adhere to the same in-person training requirement delineated in the Georgia Tech RCR Academic Policy for Doctoral Students, which involves completing PHIL 6000 or another approved RCR doctoral course. Additional in-person RCR training is not required for compliance as long as the training can be completed within one year of being appointed to an applicable project. Doctoral students who have a catalog year prior to 2011-12 should contact OSP via the RCR Contact Request form if they need to discuss other options for satisfying the in-person training requirement.

Q: If I have already completed RCR training in the past, is retraining required?
A:  It depends.  Students and postdocs funded by NIH require retraining every four years.  Students and postdocs funded by NSF or NIH require retraining at every career stage - for example, an NSF-funded postdoc who completed a doctoral RCR course at Georgia Tech while a PhD student will need addtional training as a postdoc. Refer to Compliance Retraining for more information.

Q: How do I register for a workshop session?
A:  Log on to the Research Administration Education and Compliance Learning Management Portal. Click on "Search for Classes - Classes by Title," and scroll down to "R." Select the class name you wish to attend to view its information. Then, select the date to register. You will receive a registration confirmation email.

Q: Which workshop sessions should I register for?
A:  Attendees may register for any of the workshop sessions but should avoid repeating the same topic if possible. It is recommended that trainees who only need one contact hour attend the research misconduct session. However, any of the workshop sessions will satisfy a one-hour requirement.

Q: How will I receive a record of attending a workshop session?
A:  Training completions will be documented in Georgia Tech systems.  There is an option to print a copy of your Research Education training Transcript or to view your training completions in the RCR Reports (see below).

Q: How can I check to see which workshop sessions I have attended in the past?
A:  For ways to check your RCR training completions, refer to Checking Your Own RCR Training Status.   If you choose to download your Research Education training transcript, note that workshop sessions that you have attended will be shown as "Credit." It may take some time after a session is over for the attendance to be verified — until then it will be shown as "Pending."   If you choose to run the RCR People Report in the RCR Reports, note that in-person contact hours will not be reflected in the report until attendance has been verified. Click on the number of Contact Hours in the report output to view the workshops you have attended.  (The DegreeWorks option will NOT indicate RCR Workshop attendance.)

Q: Are there other ways that undergraduate students, master's students and postdocs can satisfy the in-person training requirement?
A: Yes, research team meetings which cover RCR Topics can satisfy the requirement, but the meetings must be documented by the PI.  Contact the RCR Program to find out how you can get in-person RCR training contact hour "credit" in Georgia Tech systems for this training. 

Q: How can I find out about future RCR Workshop sessions?
A: You may sign up at to be notified when the next RCR workshop sessions are open for registration. You may unsubscribe from this email list at any time. Sessions are typically offered several times each semester.

For more information, see the GT RCR website, or submit a question through the RCR Contact Request form.

* The type and amount of in-person training required varies depending on the trainee's funding source and career stage (refer to the RCR Compliance Training Matrix. Covered projects are flagged with the RCR Training Requirement in the OSP Contract Information System.