Biosafety Training

Who’s required to complete biological safety training?

All researchers that will work with microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses), human cell lines, transgenic animals, preserved and unpreserved animal and human specimens, human cadavers, nanotechnology using biological materials, or human gene transfer studies are required to complete biological safety training at UWM.

Biosafety Training and NIH Guidelines Training are now a Canvas Course

Biosafety Training is offered as a Canvas Continuing Education Course. You may self-enroll, using your UWM ID and password.

To enroll follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Biosafety Training Course Link.
  2. Click on “Enroll”.
  3. Use your UWM 1Login ID and password to access the course.
  4. After you’ve completed the course, you will have an automated certificate generated through Canvas for your records. The completion date will also be entered into IManager for biosafety protocol records.

Face-to-face or customized training session for your group

Face-to-face sessions are not currently being offered. We hope to begin offering them again early in 2022.

Additional Training

Only need Recombinant DNA or synthetic nucleic acids training?

If you have previously completed biosafety training, but need rDNA training, please review the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (April 2019) and complete your NIH Guidelines training through CITI Program.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Researchers may complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training through CITI Program. Visit the UWM Bloodborne Pathogen Page for more information.

Animal Biosafety

All personnel working with vertebrate animals and biohazards must complete the online course through CITI program in addition to biosafety training.

Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials

If you plan on shipping live organisms, we have online CITI Program training available for you to ensure you comply with all federal and international shipping and transport regulations.

Laboratory Safety/ Chemical Hygiene

All researchers in all labs at UWM must take this training, offered through EHS & Risk Management. Interested parties can sign up by sending an email to

Radiation Safety

Visit the Radiation Safety Training Page for more information.

Respiratory Protection Program

Visit the Respiratory Protection Page for more information.