The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) provides peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics. CITI courses are used worldwide by more than 2,200 organizations and more than 1 million learners around the world annually.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative - CITI
- If you already have a CITI account, and would like to transfer your coursework to IU, refer to Already have a CITI account? Transfer courses to Indiana University/IU Health.
- If you are new to CITI, create a CITI account by selecting the below ‘I have an IU username and password’ (IU affiliation occurs automatically when you register for the first time in CITI.)
- If you do not have an IU username and email address, select ‘I don’t have an IU username and password’.
- Sign in to your CITI account with your previous institution login username and password.
- On the Courses tab, select the “Add an Affiliation” option. Enter ‘Indiana’ in the search box provided, and select Indiana University/IU Health from the drop down list. Follow instructions as prompted.
- Courses from your previous institution that also meet IU requirements are transferred automatically and populate under Completed Courses.
- If a previously completed course does not meet the same requirements as Indiana University’s CITI training program, it will not appear in your dashboard, and you will need to add and complete the IU course. For more information, refer to What courses should I take? and Add or Remove a course in CITI.
Please Note: CITI learners can affiliate with more than one institution. Make sure you are reviewing courses completed under Indiana University/IU Health.
The Add a Course option in CITI presents you with a questionnaire to be completed regarding your research activities at Indiana University/IU Health. Your CITI courses are automatically added based on selected activities in the questionnaire. Select all applicable activities under the following question headings, then select Submit.
- Human Subjects Research
- IRB Chair Course
- Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
- Please make the appropriate selection if you are required to complete the GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research course.
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Export Controls
- IU - Bloomington Lab Animal Research
- IU - Indianapolis Lab Animal Research
- School of Science – Lab Animal Research
- IU - Southeast Lab Animal Research
- IU - Northwest Lab Animal Research
- Legacy Courses that may be required by certain funding agencies
Please note: The former “Occupational Health and Safety and Laboratory Animal Allergens” trainings were modified in 2018 and replaced with the new “IUEHS Safety & Health for Animal Users Training”. The new IU EHS required course which replaced these courses is now automatically added to a CITI Learner’s dashboard when either of the below IACUC courses are added during registration (or manually selected via the Add a Course menu as mentioned).
- Working with the IACUC Course (required if you plan to use lab animals in your work);
- Essentials for IACUC Members (If you are an IACUC Member)
For more information, refer to Add or Remove a course in CITI
- Add a Course. Complete questionnaire regarding your activities at IU and Submit. For information on what courses to take, refer to What courses should I take?
- Remove a Course. Select the check box next to all courses you want to remove. Select Submit. Select Submit again to confirm deletion.
- Logging into your CITI account.
- Clicking the "View-Print-Share" button next to any previously completed course displayed on your learner dashboard.
- Selecting the ‘View Previously Completed Coursework’ option under “Learner Tools for Indiana University/IU Health” and selecting the complete record for any course listed in your completion history
Please note: CITI sends an expiration notification for all courses taken. Before adding additional courses, you may want to make note of those that are required.
- Confirm your IU email address is listed as the primary email address in your CITI profile.
- Make sure your CITI account is affiliated with Indiana University/IU Health
- Please note there is a 24 hour delay for IU systems to reflect any changes made in CITI.
If you have more than one CITI account, and cannot transfer courses between accounts. You may merge your CITI accounts by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the following with your request to merge accounts: name, CITI username, member number, and email address for each account; and, specify the account you wish to keep.
Are you an Investigator, research team member, or student doing Human Subject Research?
- If yes, select Human Subject Research CITI educational course.
You must take the Human Subject Research course in order to submit to the IRB or be listed as part of the research team.
There are two educational tracks: Biomedical or Social and Behavioral. You should choose the track that correlates best with the type of research in which you are involved:
- If your research involves behavioral and/or social science methods, please select Social/Behavioral Researcher course.
- If your research involves biomedical research methods, please select Biomedical Researcher course.
- Note: If you perform interventional clinical studies, you may also be required to complete the “Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” course. See below for further information.
- For more information about the educational requirements, please visit IRB CITI FAQs.
Initial and continuing education (every 5 years) will be required. Once the initial CITI modules are completed, users will complete refresher courses every five years. CITI offers an automated alert system to remind learners, by email, that refresher or recertification training is due.
Do you wish to take the RCR course or are you a student or post-doc paid off of an NSF grant?
- If yes, select the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) CITI educational course.
NOTE: This is not required for the IRB when doing human subject research.
RCR educational modules are part of the NSF requirement for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs supported by NSF funds.
Are you an Investigator or a research team member doing Research with Animals?
If yes, select Working with the IACUC CITI educational course. This is required if you plan to use lab animals in your work.
Next, select the type of animal with which you work.
Animal users also need to complete the IUEHS Safety & Health for Animal Users Training course.
Are you a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator conducting interventional clinical studies, or are you otherwise interested in Good Clinical Practice?
If yes, select the Good Clinical Practice CITI educational course.
- If no, this course is optional.
The GCP educational course is a condition of IRB approval for Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators conducting interventional clinical studies. Initial and continuing education (every 3 years) will be required.
Are you engaged in research subject to National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirement on dual use of research?
- If yes, select the Dual Use of Research Concern CITI educational course.
The Dual Use Research of Concern course is made available to the research community and is required for some research per the 2014 United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern.
Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed onan IBC protocol?
- If yes, select "Biological Safety Training" and "NIH Recombinant DNA
Guidelines" under Question 7 - IBC/Biosafety.
Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol that involves work with human or non-human primate blood, fluids, cells, or tissues?
- If yes, select "Bloodborne Pathogens" under Question 7 - IBC/Biosafety.
Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol that requires N95 respirator?
- If yes, select "IUEHS Filtering Facepiece Respirator (N95/P100) Training" under Question 7 - IBC/Biosafety.
Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol that involves any potential Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)?
- If yes, select "Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)" under Question 7 - IBC/Biosafety.