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Human Subject Ethics Training (CITI) in the Protection of Human Participants

The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March, 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop a web based training program in human research subjects protections. The CITI course contains training modules for Biomedical and Social and Behavior Science research. Social and Behavioral research is the primary research performed here at California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to the "basic" content, the CITI model provides the opportunity for our institution to post additional instructional materials specific to CSUSB training needs which includes Conflict of Interest (COI/FCOI), IRB (Human Subjects), and IACUC (Animal Subjects) Training programs.

Please read the following as your IRB application will likely be delayed if you complete the incorrect human subject's training module. The module(s) administration, faculty, staff, and students need to complete is either Group 1 or Group 2. Do NOT complete the Students in Research Module or the Responsible Conduct of Research Module as these are NOT the mandatory training modules required by the IRB with the submission of your protocol.

Both the faculty advisor and their student must complete the IRB training before submitting their IRB application. IF the training is not completed the IRB application will not be reviewed until each investigator on the protocol completes the training. Please make sure to complete the correct training noted below.

Attention: On August 14, 2017 CITI users will be able to access the CITI training website through your MyCoyote user ID and password. Unaffiliated campus members will still be able to access the system through the CITI training website noted below. You can access the new CITI Single-Sign-On (SSO) weblink.

Instructions for registering can be found in the How to Register and Complete CITI Human Subjects Training

Unaffiliated campus members can still register and complete the appropriate training modules by following the CITI registration guide below. You will need to register first before you can log-in.

Step by Step Visual Instructions can be found at the following website below:


Any collaborators on research projects submitted to the CSUSB IRB needs to have CITI training or an equivalent completed and certificates of completion submitted with IRB applications. If a collaborator does not have CITI training or equivalent, they should follow the following steps to complete CITI training:

Choose From One of The Required Training Modules Below:

(Follow the instructions carefully in order to not delay the processing of your IRB application).

Group 1 - Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the medical sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry and Nursing should complete this module.

Group 2 - Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the social sciences, such as Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology should complete this module.

The NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Training and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training is also available on the CITI training site.

The above listed research modules (Learning Groups) are the only human subjects training courses required to comply with the Mandatory Training Policy. There is a small test at the end of each module consisting of 5 to 10 questions. A passing score is 100%, but you can retake the test as many times as you require. The module simply scrambles the order of the questions to ensure your paying attention. Failure to complete the training, either by the faculty advisor or the investigator (student or faculty) will be returned to the faculty advisor/faculty member without IRB review.