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Employment, Credentialing and Training

In order to conduct any research activity at VAPHS, all research personnel must satisfy the following requirements:

  • be a current VA employee or be appointed on a Without Compensation (WOC) basis
  • complete the credentialing process
  • complete all required training

For additional information, please review the VAPHS R&D Policy on Research Staff Training, Credentialing and Appointment Status.

WOC Employment & Credentialing

  1. Individuals who are not paid employees of VAPHS and will be conducting VA research must apply for an appointment on a Without Compensation (WOC) basis. All WOC appointments are valid for 12 months and MUST be renewed on an annual basis.
  2. In order to apply for a WOC appointment the following procedures must be followed. Note; VetPro Enrollment and WOC paperwork can be submitted simultaneously however, the WOC paperwork will not be processed until the VetPro process is complete. On average the VetPro process takes 3 months. 3 additional weeks is needed for WOC processing.
    1. VetPro Enrollment:
      1. Individuals who hold an independent professional license (e.g., physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, audiologist, speech pathologist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or nurse anesthetist) must complete the Independent VetPro Enrollment Form.
      2. Individuals who hold a dependent professional license (e.g., including but not limited to registered nurse, pharmacist, occupational therapist, physical therapist) must complete the Dependent VetPro Enrollment Form.
    2. WOC appointment request and associated forms:
      Please complete each of the forms listed below, as applicable, along with any other information requested. NEW applicants must provide two pieces of identification (e.g., Social Security Card, Driver's License, Passport, etc.). Non US-Citizens, or those holding alien residence status, must provide a copy of the original Visa and/or Residence Card. Please also note that in certain situations you will be asked to complete additional paperwork once your information has been received. The Research Office will notify you if that is the case.


Complete all training related to your work as designated in the VAPHS Training Requirements document. It is recommended that training be done while waiting for the processing of WOC paperwork.

Education Verification and Scope of Practice

The following research specific forms must also be submitted, as applicable:

  • Education Verification Form – This document must be completed by all research personnel with the exception of Licensed Independent Practitioners or trainees performing research under an academic affiliation agreement.
  • Research Scope of Practice Statement – This document must be completed by all research personnel and outlines the specific research duties and responsibilities the staff member will have. Each person must have a scope of practice. If a staff member already has a scope and will be taking on additional responsibilities an updated scope, including these responsibilities, must be completed and submitted.
  • Request for Staff Access to Secured Area – *To be completed ONLY if staff will be accessing the Animal Research Facility. This form must be completed for each staff member needing access.
  • Application for Access to Research Secured Area – *To be completed ONLY if space in the Animal Research Facility is needed for the conduct of your study.

Staff needing access to the VA computer network must contact Samantha Ragguinti. Please note: All training must be completed before access will be granted.

All completed credentialing paperwork should be submitted to:

Samantha Ragguinti
Research Office Building
Mail Code 151
University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2380
Fax: 412-360-2377

Questions or comments? Contact us.