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CITI FAQS

Depending on the nature of your research and funding, the IRB may require you to complete training on certain topics.

Human Subjects Research Training

  • Mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and all personnel listed on an IRB application.
  • The human subjects training certificate is valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • This course is offered in a social-behavioral version and a biomedical version. Both versions contain 6 modules with a passing score of 80%.
  • Accessible at www.citiprogram.org

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • GCP is mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and study staff working on FDA regulated studies or NIH funded studies that fit the NIH definition of a clinical trial.
  • GCP training certificates are valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • GCP course is offered in three versions (devices, drugs, social-behavioral research). 15 modules must be completed with a passing score of 80%
  • Accessible at www.citiprogram.org

HIPAA Training (hosted by USC)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

  • Required for all students and postdoctoral scholars serving on studies funded by the National Science Foundation. Some NIH programs also require RCR training. View additional RCR education resources.
  • GCP course contains 9 modules with a passing score of 80%.
  • Accessible at www.citiprogram.org

Conflict of Interest (COI) Training

“Generic Classroom” Courses

  • Mandated at the discretion of the instructor, the “generic classroom” courses are sometimes used as an assignment for research methods courses.
  • Access the generic classroom courses at www.citiprogram.org

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.


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