Institutional Review Board

 

IRB Training

TrainingEffective 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.

Failure to complete the training means the application will not be approved. Required CITI training modules are tracked to the type of research being conducted. There are 2 tracks indicated below.

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. Please contact the IRB Office at irb-apus@apus.edu for more information on additional modules that may be required.

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 biomedical research and in social/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?

There are the two tracks available. Select the one that is most appropriate to your research. Generally, the Biomedical Research Module would be required for medical, physiological or pharmacological studies. This includes, but is not limited to, research with drugs, devices or other interventions. The Social and Behavioral Research Module related to studies on sociological, psychological, anthropological or educational phenomena including observational and survey research and work with population and/or epidemiological studies.

The two tracks are:

- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Biomedical

How long will it take me to take 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.