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Research Ethics Training

Effective January 1, 2011, all investigators, students, and research staff conducting research with human subjects must complete CITI Training PRIOR to submitting their IRB application. Research will not be approved until the training requirements are met. Documentation of training must be provided to the IRB Office with all new applications or renewals.

  • Log onto the CITI Website to complete the training (You will be able to create your own username and password)
  • Follow the instructions for Registering for the CITI Course (PDF)
  • Complete the Social and Behavioral Research Investigators Course

CITI Training is REQUIRED and applicants who fail to complete the training will NOT be approved.

Each module may take from 10 to 30 minutes to complete, and most contain a quiz. The modules do not have to be completed all in one login session. A minimum aggregate score of 80 percent is required to pass.

Note:  Other HSR training completed at other institutions within the last 3 years may meet this training requirement. Follow the instructions for registering for the CITI course. Credit for modules already completed will be applied. If you have additional questions, please contact the IRB Office at apus-IRB@apus.edu for more information.

FAQs for CITI Training

What is CITI?

The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) is a web-based training program for researchers involved in using human subjects in their research. There are courses in social and behavioral research. Each module includes educational materials that can either be read on the screen or printed out. A brief quiz follows each module. An 80 percent pass rate is required for the training to be approved.

Who is required to take the CITI Human Subjects Protection Training?

The training is required of all investigators, including faculty, staff, and students, who are engaged in the planning, conduct, or analysis of research that includes the use of human subjects.

Is there a fee?

The university pays an annual fee for all AMU/APU users; individual users are not assessed a fee for the training.

Which CITI training modules should I take?

Complete the Social and Behavioral Research Investigators Course. Please follow the instructions for Registering for the CITI Course (PDF).

How long will it take me to complete the CITI training modules?

Each module may take from 10 to 30 minutes to complete, and most contain a quiz. The modules do not have to be completed all in one login session. A minimum aggregate score of 80 percent is required to pass.

Do I have to finish the training in one session?

No, it is not necessary to complete the course in just one session.

What is the passing score on the quizzes?

A passing score of 80 percent required. If you are not satisfied with your score, you can retake the quiz to improve.

How will the IRB know my training is complete?

When you have completed all requirements, you will be able to download a Course Completion Report. This "Report" is like a transcript and will provide a detailed record of you accomplishments and must be submitted with your IRB application materials when seeking IRB review of your research.

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