CITI FAQs

What if I already have certification from an outside institution?

Human subjects certifications completed within the past 3 years may be accepted at USC’s discretion. A copy must be emailed to citi@usc.edu.

I received a notice from iStar indicating my certificate is about to expire, what do I do?

If you received a notice from iStar indicating your certificate is about to expire, you must re-certify. The human subjects education policy is that investigators/personnel must complete training every 3 years. Please refer to “Signing Up For A Refresher Course” in the Instructions for CITI and ISTAR manual.

I need to complete GCP training and the human subjects “refresher” course, must I take both?

Yes. GCP is a separate requirement from human subjects training. GCP training and human subjects education must be taken every three years. Both courses are available at www.citiprogram.org
A refresher course becomes available in CITI 90 days before the three year certificate expires.

Do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training if a project is “exempt”?

Yes, even if a project is exempt, study personnel are still required to take Human Subjects Protections Training.

If a project was determined to be “not human subjects research”, do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training?

No. If a project was determined to be “not human subjects research” (NHSR) (e.g., this applies whether coded specimen/data or not meeting the federal definition) study personnel do not need to take the Human Subjects training on CITI.

If I already completed HIPAA Training, do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training?

Yes, you must complete Human Subjects Protections Training even if you completed HIPAA Training.

Do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training for amendments to a previously approved IRB application?

Amendments for adding “key personnel” on a study require that the added individual(s) complete CITI before the amendment is approved.