Cardinal Curriculum Level I

Level I Courses and Certification

Cardinal Curriculum Level I consists of two courses: Understanding Cost Policy (ORA-1101), and Overview of Research and the Regulatory Environment (ORA-1102). Level I Certification is required for both new and continuing employees working in a research administration capacity. For new employees, certification should be completed within six months of hire. All Level I courses can be taken as instructor led (usually offered once each quarter) or online. 

To achieve certification:

  1. Register for the Cardinal Curriculum Level I Certification Program (ORA-PROG-1001) in STARS.
  2. Register for and complete both courses. Choose instructor led or online.
  3. Complete the tests associated with each class. 

You will receive a certificate within a month.

If you are not seeking certification, you can view the classes on this website at any time without registering. 

Click on each course title below for details and registration links.


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