Please follow these FOUR STEPS to complete IACUC training for handling and caring for animals prior to being approved on an Animal Study Protocol (ASP).
*Note: Step 2 and Step 3 can be performed concurrently.
STEP 1: NetID
You must have a NetID from your school/department.Ask your department or go to this NetID website for more information.
STEP 2: AALAS Training
All AALAS Training Courses must be completed by EACH individual listed on an ASP or an addendum prior to being submitted to the IACUC.
- Visit the AALAS Learning Library. (Using Firefox or Chrome as a web browser.)
- Select “Northwestern University” as your organization, and login with your NetID and password. You will be added to the NU waitlist.
- Complete the AALAS Training Request Form.
- The IACUC Office will review your form and assign you the required coursework within AALAS. You will receive an email notification that the courses requested have been assigned to you.
- To complete the assigned courses: Log back into the AALAS Learning Library and click on “Assignments” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. All required courses will be listed, including required species-specific courses.
Select the species (below) that you will be working with to view a summary reference list of all required training including the AALAS courses.For species which require hands-on CCM courses, please go to the CCM Training Classes webpage for scheduling information.
|Rat||Ferret||Swine||Avian/Poultry||Tissue Use Only|
|Dog||Gerbil||Non-Human Primates||Amphibian (Non-Xenopus)|
STEP 3: Occupational Health Services (OHS) Program Enrollment
All individuals listed on an ASP must initiate the OHS process prior to IACUC submission. This process may occur concurrently with the IACUC review and approval process.
Official approval will not be granted unless enrollment requirements are met. All personnel must renew OHS enrollment every three years.
A. Everyone must complete the Enrollment Authorization Form
- Complete the Enrollment Authorization Form.
- Notify your PI that they must check their inbox for an email from DocuSign; they will need to provide a signature to validate your enrollment request. Your enrollment will not proceed until this step is complete.
B. Select the campus to complete your OHS health questionnaire:
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STEP 4: Ask your PI to add you to the applicable protocols before you begin any animal work.
All staff must be listed on an approved protocol.
- An addendum to add new personnel to a protocol must be approved prior to requesting CCM facility access.
I've completed all IACUC Onboarding requirements, what's next?
- Once you have been approved on a protocol:
- Register for a CCM Facility Orientation, Rodent Euthanasia with Valve on Rack (for protocols including rodents), sign up for CCM Training Classes, and request CCM facility access.
- Initiate a Laboratory Personnel Training Record to document new and on-going training of laboratory specific live animal procedures per the Laboratory Personnel (In-Lab) Training Record SOP.
- If you will be a PI Proxy or Lab Editor, sign up for eIACUC Training.
- If you will be working within the Animal Operations System (AOPs), have your PI setup your permissions.
- If you are working with hazardous chemical, biological and/or radioactive compounds, please visit Northwestern’s Research Safety website for information on IBC Review and Approval.
eIACUC TRAINING for PI Proxy or Lab EditorsSubmit an eIACUC Training & Assistance Request Form to schedule your training session with one of our eIACUC Specialists.
General Training Checklists
- New Research Staff: Please read the New Researcher Checklists which is designed to assist new research staff in fulfilling IACUC and CCM requirements to work with rodents or other species in a CCM animal facility.
- Are you a new PI at NU? Please read the PI Onboarding Checklist
- Are you a PI who is leaving NU? Please read the Research-Related PI Check-Out Procedure Checklist.