Accessing the USAP Online Learning Center
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To access the USAP Online Learning Center (OLC) and take any required training, follow the steps below:

  1. See the USAP Online Learning Center page for a basic overview of the training system.
  2. Click the Enter USAP Online Learning Center link to be taken to the training site.
  3. Click the Sign Up link on the right side of the Login box.
  4. Complete the New User Account form by entering all required fields.
    1. Make a note of your username and password, you will need to login once the account creation process is complete.
    2. Passwords should be at least 12 characters long and must use at least three of the following four character sets: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
    3. USAP participants should receive the Course Access Code in their deployment packets. If you did not receive a Course Access Code, please contact the USAP Helpdesk (
    4. Please be sure to select the correct Participant Organization as this will determine the courses assigned to you. If you are unsure which Participant Organization to select, please check with your USAP deployment contact.
  5. You will receive two emails upon registering. You will not be able to login until you receive the second email granting you approval to access the site. This process should take about 5 minutes. Once you receive the approval email, login using your previously created username and password.
  6. After logging in, you will be on the Learning Plans page. This page will list the courses assigned to you (To return to this page at any time, click the My Training tab at the top and then click the Learning Plans link in the box on the right-hand side of the page). Click the Launch button for the course you wish to take. This will take you to the Course Launch page.
    1. Some assigned courses do not automatically register you. If you see a Register button, click it and then click the Register Now button. On the following page, click the Checkout button. Click Confirm to be instantly registered for the course. Return to the Learning Plans page where you will be able to select Launch.
  7. On the Course Launch page, click the Launch link under the Course Modules heading to launch the course materials in a new window.
  8. Read through the course materials by clicking Next on each slide (Note: The Environmental course includes a short video that must be watched) and complete the included quiz.
  9. At the conclusion of the course, close the Course Module window and wait a moment for the Course Launch page to refresh. Your completion certificate will be available using the Download link. Please save and/or print a copy of your certificate for your records. You may be asked to provide proof of your training.
  10. Complete any additional courses you have assigned to you by returning to the Learning Plans page and following steps 6 through 9.
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Curator: Jeffrey Scharf, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Patrick Smith/Alexandra Isern, Division of Polar Programs