IRB Training

Institutional Review Board staff members are available to provide on-site training on a variety of topics. Past IRB presentations include:

To schedule training, email irb@choa.org or 404-785-7477.

CITI Training

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.

These materials are designed and regularly updated to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and professionalism of investigators, staff, and students conducting research in the United States and internationally
  • Educate members, administrators, and leadership of ethics committees that review and oversee research
  • Promote ethical research at organizations through the education of research administrators and organizational leadership

CITI Program’s content now includes nearly two dozen subject areas (such as Animal Care and Use, Biosafety and Biosecurity, Clinical Research Coordinator, Conflicts of Interest, Disaster Planning, Export Control, Good Clinical Practice, Information Privacy and Security, and Responsible Conduct of Research). These course materials reach more than a million learners annually at thousands of organizations.

Learn more about the CITI Program

CITI frequently asked questions

Who needs to take CITI?

All study staff who may have contact with research subjects and/or identifiable data are required to have current CITI certification. An IRB application with personnel listed who don’t have valid CITI certification will not be approved by the IRB.

Do I need to take CITI if a project is "exempt"?

Yes. Even if a project is Exempt, all study staff are still required to take CITI. Human subjects’ training certificates for Exempt research projects do not expire so there is no need to renew.

The certificates do expire every three years for Expedited and Full Board studies.

How long will it take to complete the course?

Each CITI module has text to read and a quiz to complete. The average learner spends approximately 4.5 hrs in the Basic Course site and uses approximately 5 logins to complete the course.

How do I register and log in to the CITI website to obtain certification?

You should not create a new account if you have previously registered with Children’s or another institution.

CITI Program Research Ethics and Compliance Training

  1. For those who are new to the CITI website, please click on the following link: CITI Registration and Login Page.
  2. Click on Register Here.
  3. Choose Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the Participating Institution (question 1).
  4. Complete questions 1-7.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Complete the necessary required Member Information. When completing registration, put eight zeros (00000000) for employee ID# if you do not have one.
  7. Select your Curriculum. You should take the course most appropriate for your type of research. For example, clinical trial study staff should take the biomedical course.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Check No to continue with your current institution.
  10. You should be at your Main Menu at this point, and you can begin your course(s).
  11. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the courses. 

Note: If you have not previously completed the Basic Human Research Course, taking a refresher course will not satisfy the training requirement.

What if I am a Pediatric Institute or Emory employee?

If you are a Pediatric Institute employee or an Emory employee that will submit to the Children’s IRB, you should take the Children’s Biomedical or Social Behavioral CITI course. The Emory IRB will accept the Children’s CITI course as is.

If you have already taken the Emory course, you should link your Emory CITI account (see instructions in below section) and only take the additional modules (1-3 modules). If CITI is prompting you to take more than 3 additional modules, reach out to the Children’s IRB for help at 404-785-7555 or irb@choa.org.

If you are completing a refresher course, the Children’s Biomedical Refresher will satisfy Emory and Children’s IRB requirements as is.

What if I have a CITI account through Emory (or another institution)?

To transfer your completed modules from another institution to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log on to your CITI account and click on the “Affiliate with another institution” link.
  2. Choose “Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta” from the drop-down menu. When prompted, answer “Yes” to “Do you need to take a required training course in human subjects protection at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta?”
  3. Select the same Learner Group (Biomedical Research or Social and Behavioral Research) for the coursework that you completed at another institution. Review the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta module and complete any modules Children’s requires that your former institution did not. 

The modules will automatically be listed as “complete” or “incomplete”. Course completion will be registered electronically with the Office of Responsible Research Practices. To view your course completion history, follow the link to the CITI Course Completion Report.

Do I need to take Group 1: Biomedical or Group 2: Social/Humanist/Behavioral?

You must take the course that is the most appropriate for your type of research. For example, clinical trial investigators should take the biomedical course.

Do I need to take Good Clinical Practices (GCP)?

If your project/funding source requires completion of GCP, you will be expected to maintain valid GCP certification. GCP is valid for four years.

How long is my certification valid?

Certification is valid for three years and must be re-taken before the end of the approval period to remain current. This is true for Expedited or Full Board Review studies, but not Exempt studies.

How do I take the renewal course if my certification is expiring or expired?

CITI will automatically choose which course returning users need to take.

Continuing education in human subjects protection is required every three years. Each refresher course takes an average of 2 hours to complete. Most modules contain a quiz. The modules do not have to be completed all in one login session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the courses. Continuing education courses are available 90 days before expiration.

Who do I contact with questions about CITI?

Call the IRB office at 404-785-7555.

What if I forgot my password?

To retrieve a lost username go here and to reset your password go here.