Training Requirements and Opportunities

To ensure compliance with federal, state or local regulatory requirements as well as university policy and procedures, faculty and staff employees may be required to complete specific training requirements as a condition of employment. Failure to complete mandated training by a required deadline, for faculty, may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, in accordance with the Faculty Handbook. For staff, failure may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, in accordance with staff employment policies, or removal of job responsibilities, denial of system access, and/or loss of privileges.

The most commonly-required mandated training is listed on the Employee Gateway mandated training page.

Training requirements may be added, deleted, or updated at any time. Questions may be directed to the “Responsible Office” listed below or to your manager.

For staff, additional or specialized training may be either mandated or recommended by an individual employee’s department, school or division. These units may at any time add, alter, or eliminate their own unit training requirements, but units may not alter or eliminate university training requirements.

The university also offers voluntary learning opportunities to enhance employee skills. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of these additional training opportunities.

Employees must be allowed to complete mandated training during work hours, and non-exempt faculty or staff must be paid for those hours. An employee who voluntarily elects to take advantage of learning opportunities that are not required by his/her department should discuss with his/her manager whether it is appropriate to do so during regular work hours and whether s/he will be paid for the hours.

Many of the mandated training programs – as well as a wide variety of business-related courses, certificate programs, and training resources – are available at USC’s comprehensive learning website, TrojanLearn. Employees should consult with their managers or the appropriate department (for example, the Office of Compliance, or Financial and Business Services) to locate the source of any required training courses that are not available via TrojanLearn.

Responsible Office

Training and
(213) 821-8100

Issued by

Michael Quick, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration