CITI Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Beginning on January 1, 2013, there is a human subjects training requirement for all human subjects researchers (faculty and students) that must be fulfilled by all participating researchers (faculty and students) prior to submitting your IRB application (both Non-Exempt Applications and Requests for Exemption) .

Faculty members and students must complete Human Subject Research training. In the training, faculty should choose either the Biomedical Basic Refresher or Social/ Behavioral Research Basic Refresher (as is appropriate to their discipline and proposed research). Faculty members and students intending to procure federal funding must also complete the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR). CITI certificates must be uploaded with all IRB applications via the Moodle site. Students conducting research in IRB exempt courses may complete the 'Students Conducting No More Than Minimal Risk Resarch' course. Applications will not be reviewed without the appropriate CITI certificate of completion.

The training is offered online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which was founded in March 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. As of 2011, there were approximately 1130 institutions and organizations with access to the CITI course site.* Please visit their site: and follow the instructions for setting up a new user account for yourself.
If faculty have an existing CITI login from another organization, it would be helpful to add SMC as an additional affiliated institution to their existing account. This is especially important if you have already taken the basic training through another institution and wish to retain your eligibility to enroll in refresher courses (rather than re-taking the basic course).

The classification for students conducting no more than minimal risk research is appropriate only for students submitting an application for exempt research or operating under a course exemption held by a faculty member. Students submitting an application for non-exempt research need to complete the full curriculum for their field of research to ensure that he or she has an appropriate level of training.

* Description and use data from the CITI program website