How do I access the required CITI training program?
Go to . Click “Register” and then click "Log In Through My Institution". Find SDSU's name in the list and click on the link. After you log in, the CITI Program will walk you through the selection of modules appropriate to your research. For step-by-step instructions, click here ( )
Which course should I take?
For research involving human subjects, take the Social/Behavioral or the Biomedical course, depending on the type of research to be conducted.
Social/behavioral research refers broadly to research that deals with human attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and often employs data collection methods such as questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, observation, and non-invasive physical measurements. Social-behavioral research also includes epidemiological or outcomes research and health services research.
Biomedical research refers to the study of specific diseases and conditions (mental or physical), including detection, cause, prophylaxis, treatment and rehabilitation; the design of methods, drugs and devices used to diagnose, support, and maintain the patient; cellular and molecular bases of diseases, genetics, and immunology. Biomedical research is often patient-oriented and may include clinical trials.
For research involving animals, take the course “Investigators, Staff, and Students”, and any relevant species-specific and procedures course.
If you are applying for or have been awarded funding by an agency of the U.S. Public Health Service, take the Conflict of Interest course.
Students and postdoctoral researchers working in activities supported by the National Science Foundation, and faculty working on U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded research, must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course for their discipline.
Who must be trained?
All personnel who interact with human or animal research subjects and human subject data are required to verify completion of the appropriate CITI course with each protocol submission. These include:
All research staff, including study coordinators, study nurses, residents, and individuals who obtain informed consent, administer surveys, or collect identifiable private information
All other employees listed on protocols that involve the use of human subjects in research
All research staff who do not work directly with human subjects, but analyze data and/or biological specimens obtained from subjects or patients
Will this institution accept certification of training from other institutions for new SDSU employees?
SDSU will accept certificates from institutions who use the CITI training program.
Will the Committee review an initial application if all key personnel are not trained and certified?
Yes, the application will be reviewed but will not be granted final approval until all research personnel have appropriate training. You may remove untrained personnel from your research team and add them in an amendment after their training is complete.
Are training and certification of all key personnel required for continuing review?
Yes. The Principal Investigator should ensure that all key personnel remain certified prior to submitting an application for continuing review/renewal.
Does the training requirement apply to research conducted by students or staff?
Yes, research conducted by students or staff must maintain the same high ethical standard as research conducted by faculty.
Does the training requirement apply to exempt human subjects research?
Yes, the training requirement applies for any human subjects research, regardless of exemption.
How long will certification be valid?
Certification is valid for 3 years. Refresher courses are available for the basic human subjects courses.
How long will it take to complete the training?
The time required to complete each module varies between 10 minutes and 30 minutes. The total time required is estimated to be 3-6 hours. The course does not have to be completed in one sitting.
Is there a minimum passing score required in order to be certified?
The passing score is 70 percent. The score will be based on the overall score from all the required modules. The quizzes are open book.
How do I receive a certificate of completion?
The CITI program will issue a completion certificate that you can print or share. Look for the “share” links in the Main Menu and My Reports sections. Unique share links are also included in the certificates themselves.
If I encounter a problem or have a question, whom do I contact?
Contact: or call the Division of Research and Economic Development 605-688-5642.