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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification

Required: Faculty, Academic Staff, Undergraduate, Graduate & Doctoral students

Investigators wishing to conduct research with human research participants through Chapman University MUST complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) programs prior to submitting an application to the IRB. The CITI training modules provide research ethics education to the Chapman research community. You should complete the appropriate module: Social & Behavioral or Biomedical depending on the type of research you are conducting. Investigators conducting Clinical Trials must complete the appropriate Good Clinical Practice module.

Completion time of the CITI training module(s) can range between 30 minutes to 2 hours+, but can be completed at your own pace and leisure. Completion of the required module(s) must be completed by all named investigators before the IRB can approve any pending protocols. Investigators should complete the refresher courses every three (3) years.

Detailed instructions on how to register for CITI and how to complete the appropriate CITI training modules can be found here: CITI Training Instructions. You must register for the CITI Program using Chapman University as your institutional affiliation. If you are currently a member of CITI through another institution, you must add Chapman as an additional organization.

See FAQs below for questions on updating your certification status

Frequently Asked Questions: IRB Training Requirements

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Why is the University transitioning to CITI?

CITI is a comprehensive program which is used by over 1,500 participating institutions and organizations around the world. CITI’s mission is “To promote the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, web based, research ethics educational materials to enhance the integrity and professionalism of investigators and staff conducting research."

Most importantly, CITI has become the standard in compliance and research ethics training program. It is utilized by other institutions that Chapman investigators may be affiliated with or collaborate with, making it easier to meet the training requirements and avoid duplication of effort. CITI is also flexible and allows us to customize the training requirements based on the research being conducted. It also allows the Chapman IRB to receive notices electronically when training has been completed.

Who is required to take the CITI Training?

All Chapman faculty, staff, faculty advisors who provide direct oversight of research, doctoral students, graduate students, undergraduate students, and research support staff who have contact with human research subjects or who have access to their private, identifiable information must take the CITI Training. In addition, investigators who are not affiliated with Chapman but are engaged in a study located at Chapman and whose IRB of record is Chapman University must also take it. IRB Board members are required to take the course when they join the Board.

I have already completed the NIH certification. What is the timeline for transitioning to CITI?

Investigators who have a current protocol do not need to transition to the CITI Training until their approved protocol is up for renewal.

How often must I recertify?

The IRB requires that training is recertified every 3 years. At the time of renewal, investigators should choose the refresher course of the module they previously completed. Investigators will be notified by CITI via email 30 days prior to expiration of their certification.

I received certification through another affiliated university. Do I need to retake the course?

Investigators who have joint appointments or who have recently transferred from another institution must affiliate with Chapman University through the CITI Main Menu and submit a copy of the completion report to the IRB at the time of submission.

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