Human Subjects Research Training and Certification

NOTE: The IRB no longer requires review and approval of classroom-based projects. See IRB Review & Application for more information.

Before submitting an IRB Application, researchers must complete an online orientation and certification course addressing the ethics of human subject research.  All key personnel involved in a project (i.e., individuals who will have contact with human subjects, with confidential data about human subjects, or with data that will be obtained from human subjects) must complete  training and provide certification of completion as part of the IRB Application.  

Certification must be maintained throughout any human subject research conducted by an investigator.  Certification must be renewed every three years.

Certificates of  completion are accepted from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami, and from the Protecting Human Research Participants course offered by the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Office of Extramural Research.

CITI

The preferred training for members of the California State University Channel Islands community is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami.

First time users must create an account and associate themselves with California State University Channel Islands.  Once completed, CITI will issue a completion certificate and notify the CSUCI IRB.  

NIH

The CSUCI IRB also accepts training certificates from the Protecting Human Research Participants course offered by the National Institute of Health's Office of Extramural Research.  First time users must create an account.  Once completed, the course will issue a completion certificate.  An electronic copy of that completion certificate should be included with the IRB Application or provided to the CSUCI IRB upon request.