Community Partners Research Ethics Training

The Community Partner Research Ethics Training (CPRET) and certification is intended for community partners who are actively involved in research with human subjects to learn about conducting research that is ethical and safe. The CTSI Community PARTners (Community Engagement Core) in collaboration with the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) and Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) developed a research ethics training for community partners involved in research studies.

CPRET ensures that community partners have a basic understanding of the following topics:

  • Introduction to research and the purpose of research
  • Understanding specific case scenarios related to research ethics and conduct when working
  • Brief history of research and the development of research ethic principles
  • Overview of IRB and regulations for research and protection of human subjects
  • Definitions and rules of research conduct

CPRET was designed to help principal investigators tailor research ethics training for a specific study and to encourage dialogue with community members who will participate on the research team. This training is particularly relevant for investigators engaged in clinical and translational research involving community stakeholders. Investigators have the opportunity to create and discuss scenarios that may arise in the course of their specific study while ensuring that Core research ethics principles (e.g., autonomy, beneficence, and justice) are defined and reviewed.

Community Partnered Research Ethics Training in Practice:  A Collaborative Approach to Certification

This CTSI co-authored paper describes the development and implementation of the the Community Partner Research Ethics Training.

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Training Materials

CPRET materials provide a detailed description of how to design, implement, and evaluate this study-specific, community-academic partnered research ethics training and certification. Prior to any implementation, the institution and/or investigator should submit the packet materials, training agenda documents, and forms to their home institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review. Each IRB may have different requirements for community member participation on a research team. Investigators should work closely with their institution’s IRB to tailor these materials to be in line with their IRB’s regulations.

Creative Commons:

The Community Partners Research Ethics Training (CPRET) materials and PowerPoint presentations are made available to the public subject to the following Creative Commons License: Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License. Accordingly, the materials and PowerPoint presentations may be downloaded, duplicated, transmitted, and otherwise distributed for educational or research purposes only, provided proper credits are given to the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Community PARTners Core.

Use of any of the CPRET materials and presentations for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without the permission or license of the University of Pittsburgh. For further information on commercial use of the CPRET materials and presentations, contact the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Technology Management at 412-648-2206.

HRPO Approval

This training and certification program is approved by the University of Pittsburgh HRPO. Please e-mail the CTSI Community PARTners (Community Engagement Core) at for further assistance to process your IRB approval.