CITI Courses

USC CITI Help Desk
(213) 821-5272
citi@usc.edu


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

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

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

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

HIPAA Training (not hosted by CITI)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

  • All students (undergraduates/graduate students) and postdoctoral scholars serving on studies funded by the National Science Foundation are required to complete a course on the Responsible Conduct of Research. Some NIH programs also require RCR training. View additional RCR education resources.
  • The GCP course contains 9 modules with a passing score of 80%.
  • The course is 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

 


Accessing CITI

Please refer to the Instructions for CITI and ISTAR manual for course registration, completion instructions, and printing your certificate. In addition, CITI and iStar are separate systems: while you can use the same log-in information for both you will need to register for each separately.


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.


USC CITI Help Desk

(213)-821-5272
citi@usc.edu