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Training

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 irb@umn.edu 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 also offers job aids and support for new and returning learners:

How to recover a username or password
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:

Sponsor-Investigators

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.

Advanced training

Below are other training opportunites beyond institutional requirements:

Training Modules from onlineEthics.org

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.