University of Minnesota
Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board homeIRB


The University of Minnesota requires a basic level of Human Subjects' Protection Training for all investigators and research personnel regardless of the source of funding. Please contact HRPP staff at 612-626-5654 or with any questions.

Basic requirements

All researchers and staff listed on new exempt, biomedical and social IRB applications are required to document completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative  basic human subject’s protection training and provide the date the training was completed.  Researchers and staff listed on new IRB applications must have successfully completed either the basic or refresher course within the last three years.

Researchers and staff listed on Health and Biological/Medical applications are required to complete the CITI Group 1 Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel training course or the Biomedical Refresher if the initial course was completed more than three years from the application date.

Researchers and staff listed on Social and Behavioral Sciences applications are required to complete the CITI Group 2 Behavioral or Humanist Research Investigators and Key Personnel training course or the Social-Behavioral-Educational Refresher if the initial course was completed more than three years from the application date.

CITI Update for ULearn and Single Sign On

Effective October 14, 2014 all courses completed by UMN employees are automatically recorded in ULearn. CITI completed courses are pulled into the ULearn system transcripts on a daily basis. If you have taken Human Research or Good Clinical Practice courses before October 14, 2014 the historical records will be available in CITI or through UM Reports.

CITI is now a single sign on application so UMN employees will be able to use their UMN internet IDs and passwords when logging into the following link: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

Affiliating with the University of Minnesota in the CITI program:

  • If you are not an employee with the University of Minnesota and do not have a valid employee ID, your courses will not copy over into your ULearn transcript and CITI will be your source to obtain training records.
  • Check that you are affiliated with the University of Minnesota in CITI as a primary or secondary institution. If you are not, fill out the “click here to affiliate with another institution” section within CITI.
  • Ensure that your institutional email has a University of Minnesota email domain in the CITI Program Profile (use your U of M email address): If not, change the email by going to My Profiles in CITI.
  • If you have not yet used your University of Minnesota email to create a CITI account, CITI will create an account with key pieces of profile information the first time you log in through the single sign on.
    • If this is the first time you have logged into CITI, fill out additional profile fields after your new account is created.
    • If you have a U of M email account and have previously created a CITI account with a non U of M email account, you can request that CITI merge the accounts by sending an email to with the following information:
    •      - Your first and last name.
           - The name of your institution.
           - The username or Member ID for the account to keep.
           - The username or Member ID for the account to merge.

CITI also offers job aids and support for new and returning learners:

How to enroll in a course for the first time
How to view all the modules you have completed
How to access CITI technical support

Additional requirements

Principal Investigators on a sponsored project

To become eligible as a principal investigator on a sponsored project at the university, you must be up-to-date on applicable Responsible Conduct of Research requirements:


Additional training will be required for those serving as sponsor-investigators for research that includes a drug or device. The sponsor- investigator’s successful completion of the CITI course must be documented before final IRB approval will be granted. Required course titles are Sponsor-Investigator Training-Drugs or Sponsor-Investigator Training-Devices.

If the sponsor role is assumed by a U of M faculty member (the faculty member holds the IND or IDE) and the investigator role is assumed by a different U of M faculty member, both the sponsor and the investigator must complete the training. The course is recommended, but not required, for all researchers and staff listed on the IRB application.

HIPAA Training

Depending on the type of research you are conducting HIPAA training may be required. More information about HIPAA may be found on the Guidance & FAQ page. HIPAA training for University students and staff is available through the Health Information Privacy & Compliance Office. Visit their website for more details.

Advanced training

Below are other training opportunites beyond institutional requirements:

Training Modules from

Introduction to Clinical Research Methodology
This series of online courses from CTSI provides an interactive orientation for health professions students, fellows, and practitioners to the following aspects of clinical research:

Reporting completion

The following instructions on reporting completion of CITI training are taken from Research Education & Oversight's Core Curriculum page.

  • Log into Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) website. First-time users will need to create an account.
  • After registration, choose either biomedical or social/behavioral research group.
  • Complete required modules.
  • Save completion certificate (recommended).
  • The University of Minnesota will receive a monthly report of all completed training, and will update your training record.