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IRB Training Certificates & CITI Registration Steps

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Why do I need an IRB Training Certificate?

The Office of Human Research Protections, which oversees the federal guidelines regarding protection of human subjects in research, recommends that all researchers complete a training course in human subject protection prior to conducting research using human participants. At KSU, this training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students who are involved in human subject projects. All faculty members acting as faculty advisor on a student's project must also be certified as this involves supervision of student research.

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program is the official certification program for KSU-affiliated personnel per our Assurance of Compliance. The main courses include biomedical research, social and behavioral research, student research, various animal research courses, responsible conduct in research, conflict of interest, IRB or IACUC or IBC member training, as well as biosafety/biosecurity and export controls.

Which Course Should I Take?

Please follow the instructions found in the document below for information on registering for the appropriate course(s).

PDFCITI Instructions on Course Selection

How Do I Register at the CITI Site?

In order to take the appropriate training, you must create a member profile at the CITI website and register your affiliation with KSU.

Please follow the instructions found in the Registration How To Guide below to assist you in completing the registration process for the appropriate course and curriculum.

CITI Registration How To Guide

If you have been notified by the IRB that your study is pending approval due to the CITI training requirement, once you have successfully completed the appropriate training please email confirmation to the IRB at