NBBTP/IRTA Professional Development

Practicing engagement of breathing airline with a fully encapsulating suit.


The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP)/Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) trains fellows to anticipate, identify, and manage risk within the biomedical environment. Through extensive and diverse training fellows learn about the practices to assess risks and develop appropriate hazard control interventions to prevent occupational injury and illness. Training incorporates the physical, chemical, biological and behavioral sciences. The following subjects represent the array of professional development opportunities:

Occupational Safety & Biocontainment

  • Biological Safety
  • Biocontainment (BSL-3, BSL-4, ABSL-3, ABSL-3Ag)
  • Public Health

Regulatory & Guidelines

  • Committee Structure, Operations & Functions
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Biosecurity & Biosurety

Facility Design, Operation & Maintenance

  • Review & Critique Design
  • Commissioning & Certification
  • Systems & Components

Accident Prevention, Environmental Protection & Response

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Accident & Injury Investigations
  • Chemical, Hazardous Waste
  • Radiation Safety
  • Occupational Medicine

Emerging Technology & Impact of Risk Assessment

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology, Vector Systems
  • Genetic Biology

Communication & Leadership

  • Interdisciplinary Team Skills
  • Supervisory & Management
  • Adult Education Concepts & Practices
  • Program Management, Development & Implementation
  • Organization Acumen

Successful Completion

  • Completing essential requirements over four 6-month cycles.
  • Includes NIH training, required courses and conferences, hands-on training.
  • Mentorship.
  • Completion of at least two individual Developmental Assignments and presentations.
  • Attendance at and presentation to NIH-wide, institutional, and divisional committee meetings.
  • Completion of complementary courses and activities to enhance the essential program and emphasize career direction to promote the Fellow to accomplishment of their professional goals.
Content last reviewed on