CITI & IRB TRAINING

Principal Investigators and research personnel are required to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research training course(s) prior to approval of their study:

  • If you conduct studies that obtain data through intervention or interaction with a living individual or their identifiable private information; or
  • If you are an IRB committee member. You will need to complete the "IRB Committee Members" course.

Documentation of this training can be uploaded as a pdf in the training section in the IRB protocol in Cayuse IRB, or verified by the Compliance Administrator at the time of the review of the study. When you complete all of the required modules successfully, you may print your completion report through the "Print" link on the learner’s menu. The PI on the study should keep a copy of the study researchers’ training for their records.

Instructions for New Users

  1. Go to the CITI home page: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/
  2. Click “Register” in the upper right corner and fill in steps 1-7. In Step 1, choose Rice University as your institution. Continue with the registration process filling in all of the appropriate information. Please use your Rice email address as your primary email address if applicable.
  3. Search the institutional courses available to Rice University. Click on the “Courses” button connected to Rice University. Click on “Learner Tools” and “Add a Course.”add a course
  4. For Question 1, please select “Human Subjects Research” to continue to Rice CITI courses.select curriculum
  5. For Question 2, select the box(es) that most closely align with your research.
    • For example, if you are conducting behavioral research, please select “Social & Behavioral Research Investigators” and you will be assigned to complete the course “Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher,” which meets the training requirement for Social/Behavioral research at Rice University.
    • Per NIH policy, if you’re conducting NIH-funded research, please complete a GCP course that most closely aligns with your research. GCP training does not replace the standard human subject research training required by the IRB.
    • For example, if your protocol only involves analyzing data from a public or restricted access dataset, please select “Research with data or laboratory specimens-ONLY.”select courses

CITI Course Renewal - Refresher Course

CITI certification is valid for 3 years. CITI will email you an automatic training reminder 60 days before your training expires and prompt you to complete a Refresher Course for recertification.

Returning CITI Users Who Are New to Rice University

  1. Go to the CITI home page: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/
  2. Log in using your username and password from your previous institution.
  3. Click on the link “Add Institutional Affiliation.”
  4. Choose Rice University as your institution.
  5. Fill in the required information on the next page.
  6. Click “next” to advance to the curriculum selection.

FAQ

Does Rice track CITI training for all research personnel?

While we do not have a database to track training statuses, we do use CITI admin access to verify training records for all personnel listed in a protocol.

When do I need to complete CITI training?

Study personnel must complete all required CITI training prior to protocol approval, which includes new submissions, modifications, and renewals.

How long is my CITI certificate valid?

The CITI certificate is valid for 3 years.

How do I know when to renew my CITI certification?

CITI will email you an automatic training reminder 60 days before your training expires and prompt you to complete a Refresher Course.

Do I need to take the GCP course(s)?

Per NIH policy effective January 1, 2017, all NIH-funded clinical investigators and clinical trial staff who are involved in the design, conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials are required to be trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Rice’s CITI account currently provides the following GCP courses:

  • Good Clinical Practice Course, US FDA Focus
  • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Medical Devices (international focus)
  • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Investigational Drugs (ICH / international focus)
  • GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research

GCP training does not replace the standard human subject research training required by the IRB.

Does the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course satisfy Rice’s requirement for human subjects research training?

No. RCR training covers research integrity and is a specific requirement for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Do I need additional training to collect or receive protected health information (PHI)?

Yes. You will need to take the “Research and HIPAA Privacy” course.

My Sponsor requires me to take a specific CITI course that isn’t available in Rice’s listed CITI curriculum. What do I do?

Please reach out to the IRB Compliance Administrator for assistance.

Have Questions?

For questions regarding IRB training, please contact the IRB Compliance Administrator, Joanna Espinosa, in the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance at irb@rice.edu or 713-348-3586.

If you are having difficulty with the CITI training course, technical support is available at citisupport@med.miami.edu or 305-243-7970 (8am-5pm Eastern).

Request a Classroom or Lab Presentation

The Human Research Protection Program provides educational resources and training opportunities for those involved in human subjects’ research. Faculty can arrange for class or lab presentations to discuss ethics, the history of human subjects’ research and/or application process. To schedule a presentation, please contact the IRB Compliance Administrator at irb@rice.edu.