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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification

Required: Faculty, Academic Staff, Doctoral & Graduate students
Optional: Undergraduate students

Investigators wishing to conduct research with human research participants through Chapman University MUST complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) programs at the time of application to the IRB. The CITI training modules provide research ethics education to the Chapman research community. You should complete the appropriate module: Social & Behavioral or Biomedical depending on the type of research you are conducting. Investigators conducting Clinical Trials must complete the appropriate Good Clinical Practice module.

Completion time of the CITI training module(s) can range between 30 minutes to 2 hours+, but can be completed at your own pace and leisure. Completion of the required module(s) must be completed by all named investigators before the IRB can approve any pending protocols. Investigators should complete the refresher courses every three (3) years.

Detailed instructions on how to register for CITI and how to complete the appropriate CITI training modules can be found here: CITI Training Instructions. You must register for the CITI Program using Chapman University as your institutional affiliation. If you are currently a member of CITI through another institution, you must add Chapman as an additional organization.

See FAQs below for questions on updating your certification status


National Institutes of Health Certification

Required: Undergraduate students

All undergraduate students wishing to perform research with human research participants under the supervision of a faculty mentor are required to complete the online National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams training.

The NIH Certification is a free, self-explanatory online course that can be completed in less than one hour. A electronic certificate of completion is automatically generated when the course is completed. This completion certificate should be submitted to the IRB Administrator with the study protocol and a second copy of the certificate retained by the student investigator. Instructions on completing the NIH training can be found here: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams.

Undergraduate students may elect to take the more comprehensive CITI training modules instead of the NIH Certification course. Students with research classified as minimal risk may choose the Students - Class Projects, Basic Course Module instead of the more detailed Social & Behavioral or Biomedical modules.


Frequently Asked Questions: IRB Training Requirements

+ - Why is the University transitioning to CITI?

CITI is a comprehensive program which is used by over 1,500 participating institutions and organizations around the world.  CITI’s mission is “To promote the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, web based, research ethics educational materials to enhance the integrity and professionalism of investigators and staff conducting research."

Most importantly, CITI has become the standard in compliance and research ethics training program. It is utilized by other institutions that Chapman investigators may be affiliated with or collaborate with, making it easier to meet the training requirements and avoid duplication of effort. CITI is also flexible and allows us to customize the training requirements based on the research being conducted. It also allows the Chapman IRB to receive notices electronically when training has been completed.

+ - Who is required to take the CITI Training?

All Chapman faculty, staff, faculty advisors who provide direct oversight of research, doctoral students, graduate students, and research support staff who have contact with human research subjects or who have access to their private, identifiable information must take the CITI Training.  In addition, investigators who are not affiliated with Chapman but are engaged in a study located at Chapman and whose IRB of record is Chapman University must also take it.  IRB Board members are required to take the course when they join the Board.

+ - Are undergraduate students required to complete the CITI training?

Undergraduate students may opt to take the course instead of the NIH certification.

+ - I have already completed the NIH certification. What is the timeline for transitioning to CITI?

Investigators who have a current protocol do not need to transition to the CITI Training until their approved protocol is up for renewal.

+ - How often must I recertify?

The IRB requires that training is recertified every 3 years.  At the time of renewal, investigators should choose the refresher course of the module they previously completed. Investigators will be notified by CITI via email 30 days prior to expiration of their certification.

+ - I received certification through another affiliated university. Do I need to retake the course?

Investigators who have joint appointments or who have recently transferred from another institution must affiliate with Chapman University through the CITI Main Menu and submit a copy of the completion report to the IRB at the time of submission.

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