Graduate Assistant Training Overview

Graduate Assistants are a vital part of the fabric of North Carolina A&T State University. The Graduate Assistant Training Program is intended to equip graduate assistants with the essential knowledge and skills required to effectively transition from student to paraprofessional. The Graduate Assistant Training Program also contributes to the training and orientation required of graduate assistants by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) and the University of North Carolina System.

List of upcoming GRA and GTA Workshops (NOTE -- the GRA  training event originally scheduled for 10/20 has been CANCELED)

NOTE: for these GRA and GTA workshops, it is important that you use
the Workshop Attendance Verification Form
to confirm attendance to your Department Chair.

Students who are assigned to a Graduate Assistantship for the first time are REQUIRED to complete the Graduate Assistant Training Program. Please be aware that failure to complete the Graduate Assistant Training may result in the termination of your position.

How to Complete the Training

Click on the appropriate Assistantship type to learn about the training requirements:

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)  --  Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)  --  Graduate Assistant--Academic  --  Graduate Assistant--Administrative or Other

 
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
 

Graduate Research Assistants must complete the requirements as listed on the Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Training Checklist. Note that Requirement #1 must be completed BEFORE the start of the Assistantship; the remaining Requirements should be completed early in the Assistantship. To verify completion of the training, the Department Chair must initial next to each training component and sign off on the final certification statement. A copy of the completed and signed Training Checklist must be submitted to the Graduate College.

*Training Requirement #1 (General Assistantship Policies & Expectations) MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE ASSISTANTSHIP BEGINS. This requirement is completed through an online module consisting of text and video as well as a final quiz. You can complete the module at your own pace (and even split it up over multiple sessions, if needed), but you must make sure to complete the module fully and take the final quiz to verify completion. CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE GRADUATE ASSISTANT POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS TRAINING MODULE

*Training Requirement #2 (Training on Responsible Conduct of Research--RCR) requires the student to complete a number of workshops on various research ethics topics. Please see the Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Training Checklist for details. For a list of available upcoming GRA workshops, see the Training Workshop List.

*Training Requirement #3 (Lab Safety Training) and #4 (Policies/Procedures for Human or Animal Subjects) must be completed if they apply to the assistantship role.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) & Graduate Assistant--Academic

Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants (Academic) must complete the requirements as listed on the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training Checklist. Note that Requirement #1 must be completed BEFORE the start of the Assistantship; the remaining Requirements should be completed early in the Assistantship. To verify completion of the training, the Department Chair must initial next to each training component and sign off on the final certification statement. A copy of the completed and signed Training Checklist must be submitted to the Graduate College.

*Training Requirement #1 (General Assistantship Policies & Expectations) MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE ASSISTANTSHIP BEGINS. This requirement is completed through an online module consisting of text and video as well as a final quiz. You can complete the module at your own pace (and even split it up over multiple sessions, if needed), but you must make sure to complete the module fully and take the final quiz to verify completion. CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE GRADUATE ASSISTANT POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS TRAINING MODULE

*Training Requirement #2 (Training on Teaching Responsibilities and Best Practices) requires the student to complete a number of workshops on various teaching ethics and best practices topics. Please see the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training Checklist for details. For a list of available upcoming GTA workshops, see the Training Workshop List.

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Graduate Assistant--Administrative or Other

Graduate Assistants serving in administrative or other roles must complete the requirements as listed on the General Graduate Assistant (Administrative or Other) Training Checklist. Note that Requirement #1 must be completed BEFORE the start of the Assistantship; the remaining Requirements should be completed early in the Assistantship. To verify completion of the training, the Department Chair must initial next to each training component and sign off on the final certification statement. A copy of the completed and signed Training Checklist must be submitted to the Graduate College.

*Training Requirement #1 (General Assistantship Policies & Expectations) MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE ASSISTANTSHIP BEGINS. This requirement is completed through an online module consisting of text and video as well as a final quiz. You can complete the module at your own pace (and even split it up over multiple sessions, if needed), but you must make sure to complete the module fully and take the final quiz to verify completion. CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE GRADUATE ASSISTANT POLICIES & EXPECTATIONS TRAINING MODULE

*Training Requirement #2 consists of training appropriate to the assistantship position. The supervisor must provide a description of the applicable training by using the space provided on the checklist or attaching relevant training materials.

In addition to these requirements, General Graduate Assistants are encouraged to complete the track for either GRA or GTA so that they are prepared for future assistantship opportunities. For a list of available upcoming GRA and GTA workshops, see the Training Workshop List.