Ethics Training

Research ethics training of researchers (Principal investigators, supervisors/promoters, co-supervisors/co-promotors, Master’s and PhD students and other research team members) has become a requirement of the Department of Health and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and proof of formal research ethics training received during the past three years must accompany all research ethics applications.


Please make use of either one of the following training opportunities:

Faculty of Humanities Ethics Training

The Faculty of Humanities offers research ethics training sessions three times annually.

For training enquiries:


Ms Soné Anthony

Senior Administrative Officer
Vanderbijlpark Campus
Tel: (018) 299 4065





Ms Siphelele Ndima

 BaSSREC Temp-Administrator
Potchefstroom Campus

Building F4 – Room G24

Tel: (018) 285 2457



Ms Paballo Molefe

HSS&EMELTEN REC Temp Administrative Assistant
 Potchefstroom Campus

Building F4 – Room G24

Tel: 018 285 3037

Please also make use of either one of the following training opportunities:

TRREE Ethics Training (Health related focus)

Complete the free online research ethics training course and be sure to complete the following compulsory modules:

  • Module 1 Introduction to research ethics
  • Module 2.1 Research ethics evaluation
  • Module 3.1 Informed consent
  • National supplement for South Africa

MacQuarie University Online Social Science Ethics Training

The MacQuarie University offers this free online educational resource which focuses on the specific ethical issues social science and humanities students encounter in their research. The training module comprise six components. Read through each of the six parts and then complete the quiz related to the material. After the successful completion of the quiz you will be issued with a certificate that you have to attach to your ethics application.

Click on the following link to register and complete their Social Sciences Ethics Training Course:

NWU-HREC training opportunities

The NWU Health Research Ethics Committee (NWU-HREC) provides ethics training opportunities throughout the year.