CITI Program Education Requirement

All investigators conducting research with human participants sponsored by the University of St. Thomas are required to complete a short, online course and become "certified" in human subjects protections through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. This course must be completed prior to Institutional Review Board approval of new or continuing projects. Some investigators with funding sources (e.g. NSF, NIH, etc.) may be required to do additional training.

How do I complete the training?

Detailed instructions for completing the CITI program training – including the registration process – can be found here.

Who is required to complete this training?

  • All members of the research team, including the principal investigator (PI), co-investigator(s), and all other individuals that have contact with participants or their private, identifiable information;   
  • Faculty and instructor advisors of student research projects;
  • Investigators who are not affiliated with the University of St. Thomas but will be conducting research at the institution.

External members of any research team may elect to take the CITI Program course through their own institution (if offered) and present their certificate of completion to the Institutional Review Board office at the University of St. Thomas, which will honor comparable certifications.

How long will the CITI Program course take?

The Institutional Review Board office estimates that it will take investigators two to four hours to complete the training.

Does the CITI Program course need to be completed in one sitting?

No. The online course is comprised of six training modules that investigators will be asked to read through before taking a short quiz at the end of each module. You may elect to complete each module at one time or over  a time period that is convenient for you. The course must be completed before the IRB approves any project.

How long is the CITI Program certification active?

Once you have successfully completed the CITI Program course, the certification will be honored for four years. Once it expires, investigators must take a shorter "refresher" course to maintain their certification. A refresher of human subjects protections is important even for experienced IRB members since policies and regulations are subject to change.

How will the Institutional Review Board office know that I have completed the course?

Once you have completed all required elements of the CITI Program course, CITI will send the Institutional Review Board office an email stating that you have done so within 24 hours of the course completion. You will also be able to access a completion report and certificate through your CITI account. You may print this report for your records. On occassion, other institutions may ask for your CITI Program certificate. The IRB office will not maintain certificates for investigators; we will only keep track of completion reports. Reports and certificates can be accessed through your CITI account at any time.