Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Faculty and staff involved in research with human participants are required to complete the online CITI training tutorial.

*Scroll down for information on COVID-19 module.

Begin the training at citiprogram.org

Instructions for Completing CITI Training Modules

NOTE: Once your certificate has expired, the Refresher Course to renew your certification is automatically added.

  1. Go to citiprogram.org
  2. Register where indicated.
  3. Affiliate yourself with Elon University by selecting “Elon University” from the first dropdown box indicating “Participating Institutions”, found within the “Select Your Institution or Organization” screen. Failure to affiliate with Elon University will prevent access to the correct Elon University education modules.
  4. Create a user ID and password for ongoing access to the online training courses.
  5. Complete the demographic profile and provide accurate contact information to facilitate with ongoing communication of continuing IRB training information.
  6. Select Add a Course or Update Learner Tools from My Learner Tools for Elon University. Be sure to select appropriate learner group based on your role: Biomedical Research Investigators, Social and Behavioral Research Investigators, Students Conducting Minimal Risk Studies from Question 1. For all other questions, you should select “not at this time.” The learner group selected should be based on the type of research you will be conducting. Be sure to select “not at this time” for all remaining questions – #2, 3, 4, and 5.
  7. If you have previously registered, enter your user ID and password as indicated and proceed with completion of required modules.
  8. If you have previously registered with CITI, but not affiliated yourself with Elon University, please go to “affiliate with Another Institution” on your Learner Menu and select Elon University. Required training modules will populate “My Courses” on your Learner Menu.
  9. The minimum cumulative passing score for each module is 80 percent. In the event this score is not achieved, the researcher will be asked to repeat that module.
  10. You can view and print a copy of your completion certificate by clicking on “Previous coursework completed” followed by “Coursework completed for Elon University” and “Print CR” to display your certificate of completion. You are required to upload the certificate into IRB Mentor under “PI Documentation” before the IRB will review your protocol. Since you may be asked to provide documentation of human subjects protection training at various times, you should download, print, and save a copy of your certificate of completion as soon as you complete your training.

NEW: Your institution has now added the “COVID-19: Back to Campus (Fall 2020)” course to their curriculum and access completion information.

1.      You must have a CITI Program account to access the course.  If you, as a learner, do not have a CITI Program account please follow these instructions to register: https://support.citiprogram.org/s/article/updated-guide-to-getting-started

2.      Here is how your learners can access the course:

a.       Visit www.citiprogram.org and log into your account.

b.      Click on “View Courses” next to your institution’s name from your Main Menu page.

c.       Click on “Add a course” below the Learner Tools section.

d.       Locate the “COVID-19: Back to Campus (Fall 2020)” course (location may vary per your institutions curriculum questions).

3.      Follow these steps to retrieve your Completion Record after you have completed the course: https://support.citiprogram.org/s/article/how-do-i-access-my-completion-certificate-2019-10-24-17-54-24

 

CITI FAQ

I completed the CITI required modules. However, I lost my new CITI certificate. What do I do?

Log on to CITI (www.citiprogram.org). Go to Completion Reports and print a new certificate.

I forgot my CITI password. What do I do?

Log on to CITI (www.citiprogram.org). Go to Forgot Username or Password . They will give you your password information. CITI keeps your email and password information.

How long will this take?

Each module is followed by a few short questions. Anticipate 2-5 hours, depending on your Learner Group, to complete the required modules. The modules may be completed in multiple sessions. You do not have to complete them all at once. CITI will keep track of where you are each time you log out.

Some modules look more interesting than others. Why can't I do them in the order I want to? I would like to skip around.

CITI is structured for the required modules to be taken in order, in many cases one building upon the last. Once you complete the required modules, you may take any or all of the optional modules in the sequence you prefer.

What is the Course Completion History ?

CITI keeps track of your progress in what is called a Course Completion History. You can click on the Course Completion History to see how many modules you have completed, your score, and the date you completed each one. Also, the Course Completion History shows you which required modules you have yet to complete, and provides a list of optional modules you may complete after you have successfully finished the required modules.

What am I being graded on?

In order to receive a CITI certificate, you must pass a quiz at the end of each module. An overall score of 80% or better is needed to receive your certificate. The completion certificate does not show your grade; only the Course Completion History shows it. The Course Completion History is available to you for viewing or to print out.

When will I need to renew my certification?

Certification should be renewed every four years. The renewal should occur within the two months prior to the certification expiration.

My certification has expired. How do I renew?

Once your certificate has expired, you are required to take the Refresher Course in order to renew your certification. A list of the required modules for both the Basic and Refresher courses follows these FAQs.

 

CITI Training Modules

Social & Behavioral Research Investigators

Basic Course
  • External IRB Review
  • Consent and Subject Recruitment Challenges: Remuneration
  • Elon University
  • Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction
  • Cultural Competence in Research
  • Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects
  • Research with Children
  • Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • International Research
  • Internet-Based Research
  • Students in Research
  • History and Ethical Principles
  • Defining Research with Human Subjects
  • The Federal Regulations
  • Assessing Risk
  • Informed Consent
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Research Involving Workers/Employees
  • International Studies
Refresher Course (Renewal)
  • History and Ethical Principles
  • Federal Regulations for Protecting Research Subjects
  • Informed Consent
  • Research with Prisoners
  • Research in Educational Settings
  • Instructions
  • International Research
  • Defining Research with Human Subjects
  • Assessing Risk
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Research with Children

Students-Class Projects

  • Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction
  • Elon University
  • Students in Research

Biomedical Research Modules

Basic Course
  • External IRB Review
  • Consent and Subject Recruitment Challenges: Remuneration
  • Elon University
  • Cultural Competence in Research
  • Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction
  • Students in Research
  • Avoiding Group Harms – U.S. Research Perspectives
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Research Involving Children
  • FDA-Regulated Research
  • Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Research Involving Workers/Employees
  • Basic Institutional Review Board (IRB) Regulations and Review Process
  • Informed Consent
  • Social and Behavioral Research (SBR) for Biomedical Researchers
  • Records-Based Research
  • Genetic Research in Human Populations
  • Recognizing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others in Biomedical Research
  • Populations in Research Requiring Additional Considerations and/or Protections
  • Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects
  • History and Ethics of Human Subjects Research
  • International Studies
Refresher Course (Renewal)
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Prisoners
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Children
  • History and Ethical Principles
  • Informed Consent
  • Regulations and Process
  • SBR Methodologies in Biomedical Research
  • Records-Based Research
  • Genetics Research
  • Populations in Research Requiring Additional Considerations and/or Protections
  • Vulnerable Subjects – Pregnant Women, Human Fetuses, Neonates
  • FDA-Regulated Research