Training

The Office of Research Integrity, University of Alaska Fairbanks has arranged access for all researchers, staff, and students to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research Educational Program. This program provides the opportunity for UAF personnel engaged in research activities involving human participants to formally document their knowledge and understanding of basic ethical principles and the regulations governing research with human participants.

Registration Instructions

  • Visit the CITI Homepage (https://www.citiprogram.org/)
  • Select the "New Users: Register Here" link.
  • Select the "University of Alaska Fairbanks" as your Participating Institution and complete the rest of the registration information.
  • When prompted for curriculum, in Question 1 select either
    • Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel OR
    • Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel
    • Do NOT select Students in Research unless it has been assigned to you by a UAF course instructor. Note: This course is intended as a brief introduction and DOES NOT fulfill the IRB training requirement for research personnel.
  • If you have previously completed an approved human subject research protections course, select a choice for Question 2. If you are unsure whether a course you have taken is approved, please contact the ORI.
  • The Learner Menu will then display the course. Click “Enter” to begin. You do not have to finish all modules at one time; CITI saves your scores each time you submit answers so you can log out and resume later.

Contact the Office of Research Integrity (x7800) or e-mail the Research Integrity Administrator if you have any questions or problems registering.
 

General Information

All members of the research team (anyone consenting participants, collecting participant data, or analyzing identifiable data), working on expedited or full review protocols must complete the basic course of the CITI training. Training requirements for exempt protocols are different in that only the PI (and student for student projects) must complete the CITI course.

There are 9 required modules (8 with quizzes) and 8-9 optional modules. Optional modules may be required depending on the research to be conducted (i.e. research involving children or prisoners).

Each module has a 3-5 question quiz associated with the readings. The first module spans the history of human research protections and concludes with the current regulations and is the lengthiest module. You do not have to finish all modules at one time; CITI saves your scores each time you submit answers so you can log out and resume later. The time required will depend on your reading speed and familiarity with the material. Most people take 2-6 hours to complete the basic course. You must receive a cummulative score of 75% or greater to be certified. You may retake any quiz to improve your score.

Confused about training requirements? Check out the FAQ page (Personnel Training) or contact the Office of Research Integrity.
 

Training Records

Completion of the CITI training program is automatically recorded and can be verified by the UAF Office of Research Integrity.  For individuals who have selected UAF as their participating institution in their CITI profile, verification records are sent to the individual and the UAF Office of Research Integrity.  Please save a hard copy or electronic copy of your verification letter for your own records. If you previously completed CITI courses while affiliated with another institution, you can allow the UAF ORI access to your records by logging into your CITI account and selecting the option to add an institutional affiliation. This will not remove your original institutional affiliation.
 

Other Training Sites

These training programs are very informative and may be required by certain funding agencies; however, UAF has NOT approved these as substitutes for the CITI training program to fulfill your human subject protections education requirement.

Human Subjects Assurance Training

  • A three module tutorial, offered by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP), providing the basics (no quizzes). Easy to review and fairly informative. A good starting point!
  • Will issue a training certificate.

Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams

  • This is a nice tutorial made available by the National Cancer Institute, NIH. Brief quiz at the end of each section.
  • Will issue a training certificate.