Required CITI Training
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March, 2000 as collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop a web based training program in human subjects protections and laboratory animal research, export control, and responsible conduct of research. Currently, the CITI program is used by over 830 participating institutions around the world; over 600,000 people have registered and completed a CITI course. Notre Dame chose CITI training because the content is extensively reviewed, critiqued, and updated. Participant satisfaction is high.
The University of Notre Dame requires export control training via an institutional subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a consortium of universities that provides convenient and comprehensive online training modules, for all faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral students who anticipate working in export controlled areas or anticipate submitting an export control license (or exception). Certification is good for five years, and it must be complete before beginning work.
The export control training consists of four modules as shown below. The time commitment for each module is 15 to 20 minutes.
- US Export Controls: General Overview
- Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
- The International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR)
- The Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC)
Human Subjects Certification
All personnel listed on an IRB protocol must complete the online CITI Training program prior to approval to work with human subjects. For amended protocols, any personnel being added to the protocol must have a current certification on file. The Principal Investigator is responsible for assuring that personnel listed in the protocol have completed the CITI Training requirements.
All researchers listed on an IRB protocol must complete the standard Social and Behavioral Section. As a first time user, when prompted to select the training modules, click on Social and Behavioral Research under the Human Subjects heading. This is the only module you are required to complete for human subjects certification.
Included in this section are the following modules:
- Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction (ID: 1127)
- History and Ethical Principles – SBE (ID: 490)
- Defining Research with Human Subjects – SBE (ID: 491)
- The Regulations – SBE (ID: 502)
- Assessing Risk – SBE (ID: 503)
- Informed Consent – SBE (ID: 504)
- Privacy and Confidentiality – SBE (ID: 505)
- Research with Prisoners – SBE (ID: 506)
- Research with Children – SBE (ID: 507)
- Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools – SBE (ID: 508)
- International Research – SBE (ID: 509)
- Internet Research – SBE (ID: 510)
- Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections (ID: 14)
- Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research (ID: 14928)
- University of Notre Dame Institutional Page (ID: 854)
All researchers will be required to refresh their General Certification training every five years. If you have completed the CITI training course through another institution within the past five years, the training certification will be accepted at Notre Dame. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the researcher to file the certification letter from the previous institution with the Office of Research Compliance at Notre Dame.
- How do I register?
- How long does it take to complete the training?
- Do I have to complete the training all at once?
- What is the passing score?
- Do collaborators at other sites have to complete CITI Certification?
- Is CITI Training required prior to submission of new studies and continuing reviews to the ARC?
- How do I obtain a certificate of completion?
- Do I need to submit a certificate of completion to the Office of Research once I have taken the course?
- Whom do I contact if I have questions or problems?
Go to the CITI website at http://www.citiprogram.org/. Click on Register Here and follow the instructions to complete the registration form. VERY IMPORTANT: Please be sure that you affiliate yourself with University of Notre Dame under the “Participating Institutions” drop-down menu, in order to view and complete the appropriate module.
Most users complete the training in two to three hours.
You can stop and start anytime. Just remember your user name and password.
A passing score of at least 80% is required on each module.
Collaborators do not need to meet Notre Dames’ training requirements provided that the collaborators have fulfilled any educational requirements mandated by their institution.
CITI Training certification is required prior to approval of all new, renewal, and continuation applications, or for amendment applications requesting the addition of new personnel. The Principal Investigator is responsible for assuring that all personnel listed on the protocol have completed the CITI Training requirements.
After you finish the required modules, you will be issued a completion report. You can print the report from your learner menu. Instructions for printing the report are available from the CITI website.
Do I need to submit a certificate of completion to the Office of Research Compliance once I have taken the course?
No. The Office of Research Compliance is automatically notified when individuals complete the course.
Page Reviewed/Updated: December 11, 2013