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CITI Training

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is a leading provider of research education content. CITI’s web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

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CITI frequently asked questions

Who needs to take CITI?

All study staff who may have contact with research subjects or identifiable data are required to have current CITI certification. An IRB application, with personnel listed who don’t have valid CITI certification, won’t 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 must take CITI. Human subjects training certificates for exempt research projects don’t expire, so you don’t need to renew. Expedited and full board studies certificates expire every two years.

How long will it take to complete the course?

Each CITI module requires reading and completing a quiz. The average learner spends approximately 4.5 hours in the Basic Course site and uses approximately five logins to complete the course.

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

If you’ve registered previously with Children’s or another institution, you don’t need to create a new account.

If you’re new to the CITI website:

  1. Visit the CITI registration and login page.
  2. Select Register under Create an account.
  3. Choose Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the Participating Institution in the first question.
  4. Complete questions one through seven.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Fill in the required Member Information. When completing registration, put eight zeros (00000000) for Employee ID# if you don’t have one.
  7. Select your curriculum. You should take the course that’s most appropriate for your type of research. For example, clinical trial study staff should take the biomedical course.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Select No to continue with your current institution.
  10. At this point, you should be at your Main Menu, and you can begin your course(s).
  11. You must get a minimum aggregate score of 80 percent to pass the courses.

If you haven’t completed the Basic Human Research Course, you can’t take a refresher course to satisfy the training requirement.

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

To transfer your completed modules from another institution to Children’s:

  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 that Children’s requires that you haven’t taken. 

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’s 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)?

Yes. In addition to either the Biomedical or Social/Behavioral course, all users need to complete the GCP modules. GCP is required once, with no renewal required.

If you’ve completed the Emory Key Concepts of Clinical Research or the How to Conduct Clinical Research at Emory course, the courses will count for GCP training. However, you must provide your certificate of completion to the Children's IRB at each submission.

How long is my certification valid?

Certification is valid for three years and must be retaken 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 courses are available 90 days before expiration.

Each refresher course takes an average of two hours to complete, and most modules have a quiz. The modules don’t have to be completed in one login session. To pass the courses, you must have a minimum aggregate score of 80 percent.

Whom can I contact with questions about CITI?

Call the IRB office at 404-785-7503.

What if I forgot my password?

To retrieve a lost username or password, click the Forgot Username or Password link in the login box on the CITI homepage to have it emailed to you—usually the same day.