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TCPS2 Core Tutorial

Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans 

Working with Tri-Council, the University of Calgary is committed to ensuring our research community operates from a strong, ethical foundation. With the release of the updated Tri-Council Policy Statement 2, a new training tool has been launched: the Course on Research Ethics (CORE)Tutorial.

Adhering to the TCPS2 guidelines helps foster a community of conscientious researchers who carry out research in an ethically sound environment and are aware of how to ethically conduct research involving humans.

Retroactive to 2012 a successful ethics certification application requires new faculty and graduate students to include the CORE Tutorial certificate. Current staff will be encouraged to complete the tutorial with their next ethics certification; U of C faculty must demonstrate they have completed training by 2015.

Accessible online, the CORE Tutorial is a straightforward, concise and efficient eight (8) module course. Researchers need only register and proceed to the tutorial. Once the tutorial is complete a certificate is issued. When you register, please use your institution email address (

The TCPS2 CORE Tutorial At-A-Glance

  • Online Tutorial located on the Panel on Research Ethics website.
  • Retroactive to 2012 for new faculty and graduate students and by 2015 for current faculty. The CORE Tutorial certificate, issued upon successful completion of the online training, is a required supporting document when submitting an ethics application.
  • When engaging in research involving humans, research must be conducted in a fashion that adheres to Tri-Council's guidelines and stipulations. The tutorial provides background and awareness needed to ensure research project meet ethical standards.
  • Next steps:
    • Register an account
    • Start the three-hour, basic online tutorial
    • Multiple choice with a certificate upon successful completion
    • Eight (8) models focusing on TCPS2 guidance applicable to all research across discipline and methodology
    • Self-paced - researchers can complete the course over time or all at once

Tips and Tricks

Questions? Please email or call Ethics Support at (403) 220-2297