CITI Training

Who/What is CITI Training?

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content. Their web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world. CSP has chosen to subscribe to the CITI Program for all its online Research Based Training.

Anyone who is required to take CITI courses must first create an account within the CITI website or affiliate themselves with CSP if they already have an existing CITI account.

Who is required to take the CITI training?

All Key Research Personnel must complete the online CITI Training Program prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application.

Key Personnel is defined as the Principal Investigator, other investigators and research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with study participants or who are directly involved with handling private information related to study participants during the course of a research project. Key Personnel also include faculty sponsors who provide direct oversight of research with study participants or research using study participants’ private information.

How is CITI training organized?

CITI instructional modules are organized by “Learner Groups.” Select the Learner Group that most closely reflects the main emphasis of your work. The Learner Groups include:

  • Biomedical Researchers & Staff: Investigators/staff submitting to the Medical IRBs
  • Social & Behavioral Researchers & Staff: Investigators/staff submitting to the General IRBs
  • Basic Scientists/Investigators who work with coded or identifiable data but who do not have contact with research participants
  • General Campus IRB Committee Members
  • Medical IRB Committee Members
  • Other University officials (e.g., Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, Research Administrators),

Most users complete the Basic training in approximately 4.5 hours. You are not required to complete the training all at once. You may stop and start anytime. Just remember your user name and password.

For Graduate Students

The Concordia University, St. Paul Graduate Policies Committee (GPC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB)  have adopted a University-wide initiative to standardize our approach to research and ethics and working with human subjects. The program is known as the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI for short). The program involves the certification of faculty and students in general research and ethics for working with human subjects. The CITI program is a self-paced course that covers the historical development of human subject protections, as well as current information on regulatory and ethical issues. The GPC believes that this standardization will raise awareness of the importance of working with human subjects and add a consistent measure to our understanding. The certification is good for three years. Please go into the CITI site to register and learn more about the program. The average learner spends approximately 4.5 hours to complete the course.

How to Sign Up or Add a Course

In order to complete any Basic Course you must first ADD the required course to your profile/main menu. To do this, you must be logged into your CITI account and follow these steps:

  •  On the CITI homepage, click on the “Register” option in the upper right corner.
  •  In the text entry box search for “Concordia University – St. Paul”, agree to the Terms of Service, and Continue to Step 2.
  •  Enter the appropriate personal information to register as a Learner.
  •  Answer the questions as applicable.
  • Click Submit.

Once you click submit, all courses chosen will now appear on your Main Menu screen. To access each course, simply hover over each course title to enter the course. Instruction will prompt you to navigate through each course.

CITI Refresher Course

CITI training must be renewed every 3 years (most courses) for all Key Research Personnel. The Refresher Course is comprised of cases and scenarios or summaries of the important concepts for modules in the Human Research Basic Course. Depending upon your Learner Group, you will either complete the pre-selected refresher modules, or the 2 pre-selected modules and 5 additional modules of your choice. Each module will require about 5-10 minutes to complete.