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Staff Training—NIAID, HSA, and COR

This SOP has internal roles only.

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Some links will work for NIAID staff only.

Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To familiarize NIAID extramural professional staff with their roles and responsibilities, NIAID, NIH, the federal government, and various aspects of their jobs.

Procedure

Program officers and scientific review officers (SROs) must take NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) training for health scientist administrators (HSAs), also known as extramural scientist administrators (ESAs). See Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Officers or Other Extramural Staff for overviews and requirements.

Contracting officer's representatives (CORs) must take specialized training, as described in Contracting Officer's Representatives and below.

NIAID Extramural Staff Training

NIAID offers three types of Institute-specific training for program officers and CORs and encourages all interested extramural staff to participate.

  • Core training—courses that program officers should complete during their first year at NIAID, offered as on-demand Web training or annual classroom sessions. See Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Program Officer Core Training.
  • Web courses—self-paced training for program officers and CORs. Consult Web-Based Training
  • Classroom training—several classes each month; most offer ESA credit or continuous learning points (CLPs), as described in class announcements.  
    • Watch your email for announcements from DEA's Office of Knowledge and Educational Resources (OKER), or check Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Classroom Training for announced classes and sessions under development.
    • Use the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Learning Management System (LMS)/HHS Learning Portal* to sign up for training, following the registration instructions in the training announcement. *Warning: Once you click on the "LMS" link, you will not be able to "back click" to this page.
    • Find presentations and handouts from previous OKER classes in the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Classroom Training Materials Archive.

NIH Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) Training

NIH offers core and ongoing training for staff performing HSA responsibilities, including: doctoral-level staff in program and review, grants management and contracts staff at the GS-13 level and above, and management staff working closely with extramural programs. 

Mandatory Training for Contracting Officer's Representatives

  • Complete two types of training to acquire or maintain certification.
    • Initial. You need a combination of experience and training to qualify for a Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR) at one of three levels. See FAC-COR Certification for requirements.
    • Refresher. Your FAC-COR certification level determines requirements for completing refresher training; as described in FAC-COR Recertification. Among other providers, NIAID offers classes that earn CLPs. Check Classroom Training on theLock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIAID Program Officer and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Training site for upcoming sessions.
  • Use the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS) to track your training.

Contacts

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Staff Only Contact

Send questions or comments on Web-based courses or the Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIAID Program Officer and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Training site to Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Staff Only Contact.

Class registration questions, Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.NIAID LMS User Support

If you have knowledge to share or want more information on this topic, email deaweb@niaid.nih.gov with the title of this page or its URL and your question or comment. Thanks for helping us clarify and expand our knowledge base.

Links

Lock icon: This link will not work for public visitors.Staff Training

NIH Program Officials Training

NIH Scientific Review Officer Training

Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) SOP

Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer’s Representatives (FAC-COR) Handbook

Last Updated October 24, 2014

Last Reviewed October 24, 2014