Human Subjects Research Training and Certification

NOTE: The NIH Office of Extramural Research discontinued their free online training course, Protecting Human Research Participants as of September 26, 2018. Investigators are still required to comply with all aspects of the NIH policy Required Education in the Protection of Human Research Participants, and can do so at no cost through the CITI training courses described below. The NIH will offer a new Protecting Human Research Participants course beginning November 6, 2018. There will be a fee of $39.99 per person for the course, which will provide a certificate upon completion. Information about the upcoming NIH training can be found HERE.

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 to be offered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) beginning November 6, 2018.

CITI

The preferred training for members of the California State University Channel Islands community is provided free of cost 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.  When logging-in to CITI, CSUCI users must use the "LOG IN" link, not the "LOG IN THROUGH MY INSTITUTION" link. Once completed, CITI will issue a completion certificate and notify the CSUCI IRB.  

NIH - New Fee-Based Online Training Available as of November 6, 2018

The CSUCI IRB will also accept training certificates from the Protecting Human Research Participants course to be offered by the National Institute of Health beginning November 6, 2018. There will be a fee of $39.99 per person for the course. 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. Information about the upcoming NIH training can be found HERE.