About Ability

The Ability training includes both scheduled instructor-led training and online courses. The system allows for assignment of required training for compliance tracking, email reminders, and reports upon demand.

The compliance system recorded approximately 90,000 course completions in 2018; over 157,000 completions in 2019. Some of the rise in training numbers can be attributed to better tracking. Changes in federal training requirements (e.g. RCR, TitleIX, WPS, Silica Safety,...) have also increased compliance training.

The compliance training system is used by many programs that require training for MSU employees and students. Essentially all of the MSU community accesses some type of training in Ability.

EHS courses completed = 49%. RCR courses completed = 22%


Training completions have grown exponentially over past 15 years

Link to 2016 Report of Enterprise effect of ORRS training system2016 Report on ORRS training system impact.pdf

Connected Systems

Training-related data is imported from some vendors and transferred between several systems on campus. Data transfer schedules

Request Use of Ability LMS or Training Data

The compliance training system is a resource for ensuring important training be completed on schedule and in accordance with regulations, MSU policy, and other best practices. 

  • Accessing large sets of training data - Reports and other types of system access
  • In-person delivery of existing courses - Contact the program owner or subject trainer directly or contact ORRS.train@msu.edu or 517-884-4600 for information
  • Creation of new training or migration of training into AbilityLMS - Submit request form (docx). Approval requires documentation of learning objectives, assessment of learning, and is weighed against other priorities and available resources.