CITI Training Program

Beginning September 1, 2010, the Simmons University Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require all individuals conducting research involving human subjects through the University to complete the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program, a web-based human subjects research investigator education program and include their certificate of completion in their IRB packet.

The Simmons University IRB has defined the curriculum for this course, in accordance with your role in Human Subjects Research. While most Simmons researchers will take the Social Behavioral and Educational (SBE) courses, if you are conducting research involving collecting human biological samples or specimens, you will need to take the Biomedical course. Students who must take the biomedical course should select the Students with Projects Involving Biological Specimens learner group, unless otherwise advised.

For projects submitted after January 20, 2019: All investigators with new protocols being reviewed and approved on or after January 20, 2019, must complete the new CITI training modules. NOTE: You must complete the revised CITI training modules, even If you have a current CITI certificate that has not expired.

While most students will take the 'students conducting no more than minimal risk research' curriculum, research advisors may require more extensive training. Please check with your advisor about which course you are required take. Faculty supervisors will need to complete the Social and Behavioral Educational (SBE) IRB training for investigators, not the student version.

Instructions for investigators with a current CITI certificate that has not expired: If your certificate has not yet expired, please access the course that you completed and choose the 'Review' option for each module. Review the materials, which were updated on January 20, 2019, and re-take the quizzes.

Do not take the "New Common Rule" course. That course just summarizes all the changes, it doesn't 'teach' human subjects protection content.

NOTE TO FACULTY RESEARCH ADVISORS REGARDING CITI TRAINING: Faculty supervisors will need to complete the Social and Behavioral Educational (SBE) IRB training for investigators, not the student version. Completion certificates must be either filed with student protocols or placed on file at [email protected].

Researchers will have to register with CITI Program and sign in to complete the modules and take the quiz at the end of each session. If you are currently affiliated with other institutions that use CITI, our program compares the modules you need for Simmons with the ones you've already completed elsewhere and will prevent duplication of efforts. It will direct you to only the remaining modules that need to be completed.

CITI Registration Instructions — please read completely and carefully.

For new users, below is the link for registering CITI system. Please affiliate yourself with Simmons.

You must select a course and a learner group. You want to select the Human Subjects Research Courses course and then choose the appropriate learner group level.

Student Researchers who are conducting minimal risk research should choose Students. Students must complete the required modules plus 1 elective module to generate a certificate of completion.

Other Researchers, such as faculty, and students involved in more than minimal risk research should select Social & Behavioral.

Do NOT select the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course, unless you have been specifically asked to do so.

Register with the CITI Program.

Click on the 'How do I register?' link under Help & Support for detailed instructions on how to register.

If you have already registered and thus have a user name and password access the CITI training.