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.