CITI Program Education Requirement Instructions for Investigators

The Department of Health and Human Services requires that investigators understand ethical research standards. All investigators are responsible for safeguarding the respect and welfare of every research participant. In compliance with federal regulations, the University of St. Thomas requires all investigators fulfill an education requirement by completing online training via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program prior to approval of their project by the IRB. Once an investigator completes the education requirement, he/she will receive a certificate that is active for four years. Upon expiration, a refresher course must be completed to renew the certification.   

CITI Program Training Modules: Investigators must complete the mandatory education requirement through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program by following the procedures below. 

1. Go to 

2. Create a new account as a CITI user by clicking “Register.”  

3. Complete Registration Steps 1-8:

  1. Select your institution by searching for University of St. Thomas – Minnesota and selecting it from the dropdown menu;
  2. Provide your name and email address for your account;
  3. Create your username and password;
  4. Create your security question and answer;
  5. Enter the requested demographic information;
  6. Respond to the Continuing Education Credit questions. Most investigators will answer “no” to Continuing Education Credits;
  7. Provide the additional information requested by the University of St. Thomas.
  8. Choose the appropriate courses. Select either "Human Subjects Training: Biomedical Research" or "Human Subjects Training: Social Behavioral-Educational Research" as your Learner Group. Most investigators at the University of St. Thomas will complete the Human Subjects Training: Social-Behavioral-Educational Research course. Please note that investigators are NOT required to complete the conflict of interest module.
  1. Basic Institutional Review Board Regulations and Review Process
  2. Informed Consent
  3. Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections (Revised 03/02/2017) 
  4. Recognizing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others in Biomedical Research
  5. 1 elective module
  1. Assessing Risk
  2. Informed Consent
  3. Privacy and Confidentiality
  4. Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research
  5. 1 elective module

4. Complete required and elective modules. 

5. After completing the mandatory training, the Institutional Review Board office will receive an email indicating that you have successfully completed the course within 24 hours of completion. If you wish to retain a certificate of completion for your records, you may access a copy through your CITI Program account.

For more information about the CITI Program education requirement, click here.