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Mandatory Online Training


Graduate Student Teaching Assistants/Associates (TAs) must complete two pieces of training before they are eligible for employment: FERPA and TATO

FERPA Training

All students are protected by a federal privacy law called FERPA (The Federal Education Right Protection Act). Since TAs are dealing with student records in an official capacity they are bound by this law. The University of Arizona requires that all employees with access to student records complete an online training course. Failure to complete this course with two weeks of starting your position as a TA, will render you ineligable to serve as a TA and your position may be terminated. The course can be accessed at this link:

TATO (TA Training online)

Teaching Assistant/Associate Training Online (TATO) is a collection of self-paced modules about teaching and learning made available via D2L. All students who wish to be appointed as Teaching Assistants/Associates (TAs) must complete the module "TATO 2016" and pass the test with a score of 95% or higher no later than two weeks after the start of classes.

It is recommended that TAs review the information from all modules in TATO before the beginning of each semester. Individual departments may also assign additional modules from TATO.

Please note that the mandatory training Graduate Assistant/Associate Teaching Orientation (GATO) is no longer offered or required by the Graduate College. However, individual departments or colleges may be requiring in-person training. Please contact the appointing department for more information.


  1. Go to
  2. Click on the button labeled "UA NetID Login" in the upper left side of the screen.
  3. Enter NetID and password.
  4. Click on "Self Registration" in the blue navigation bar near the upper right corner.
  5. Click on the hyperlinked course offering name "TATO 2016".
  6. Click on the button labeled "Register"; Click on "Submit"; Click on "Finish".
  7. When finished, click on "My Home". In the center of the page, find the Student tab and follow the links to complete the TATO module(s).

Any questions or concerns should be directed to


The deadlines for completion of the required TATO and FERPA are below. Activity in TATO and completition of FERPA is monitored by Graduate College staff to ensure completion of this important training.  Please contact D2L Support Team if you experience any issues within the TATO modules themselves. TAs who fail to complete either of these trainings will be ineligable for further employement and will be terminated.

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Tuesday September 6, 2016 Monday January 30, 2017

Procedure for scores of less than 95%

If a TA has not achieved a passing score of 95% after 3 attempts, the TA should login to the online module, print a copy of their highest scoring test and take it to their departments graduate program coordinator.

The Graduate College requires a representative from the the graduate program goes over the missed questions with the student to ensure that he/she understands the policies and information related to that area. Once the graduate program has met with the student, a representative from the department will complete the online TATO Remediation Form.


Last updated 21 Dec 2016