Human Subjects Research
Who must be trained?
Any OSU faculty member, staff member or student who is listed by name on an IRB application
(e.g., principal investigator (PI), Co-PI, research assistant, etc.) because of their
role in a research project that involves human subjects, or who is acting as advisor
to a student conducting such research, must complete the required CITI training modules.
PIs are responsible for ensuring adequate training of their personnel who are not
listed by name on the IRB application.
IRB members, alternate members, and IRB staff are required to complete the required
CITI training modules within one month of their appointment to the IRB.
The vice president for research and the assistant vice president for research compliance
are required to complete the CITI training modules required for OSU institutional
Deans and associate deans for research of colleges and department heads of departments
active in human subject research are strongly encouraged to complete the CITI training
modules that are required for OSU institutional officials so that they are familiar
with the basic requirements designed to safeguard the rights and welfare of human
subjects in research.
Will OSU accept certificates of training from other institutions for new OSU employees?
If you completed human research protection training through CITI while at another
institution, contact the OSU IRB office for assistance in changing your affiliation
to OSU on the CITI website. After doing so, OSU IRB staff members will be able to
view the training modules that you previously completed and note the date of completion.
This will allow OSU IRB staff members to determine if additional training is needed.
OSU will not accept non-CITI training documentation.
Will the IRB review my IRB application, continuation request, or modification if I
have not completed the training at the time of submission?
Your application/continuation/modification form may not be submitted to the IRB, via
the online IRBManager system, for review before you have completed your training.
How long will it take to complete the training?
The time necessary to complete the training depends on the learner group selected,
which in turn dictates the number of modules you will need to complete. The time required
to complete each of the basic modules varies between 10 minutes and 30 minutes. The
total time required to complete the modules required for a social/behavioral research
investigator is estimated to be between 2-3 hours. The CITI course does not have to
be completed in one sitting, and personnel can enter the course at any time. Modules
are designed to be taken sequentially. CITI will keep track of where you left off
each time you log out.
What training modules do I take?
You should choose a learner group (training module) based on your role and type of
human subjects activity you conduct. You must choose one learner group and you must
take the basic course for the chosen learner group. You will be required to complete
the CITI refresher course two years after you completed the initial CITI training.
Most investigators on the OSU-Stillwater campus will select “IRB Social, Behavioral,
and Educational (SBE) Researchers.”
Why do I have to take the modules in order?
CITI is structured for the required modules to be taken in order, in many cases one
module building upon the last. Once you complete the required modules, you may take
any or all of the optional modules in any order you prefer.
What is the minimum passing score required?
A cumulative passing score of 80% is required.
What is the purpose of the “Optional Modules”?
You must complete the required modules listed in your grade book. The optional modules
are presented for your information and additional training, if you desire. Additionally,
the IRB may request that you complete one or more of the optional modules if you are
working in an area not covered by the required modules. You can complete any optional
modules that you feel pertain to areas in which you may conduct research.
I previously completed the “IRB Social, Behavioral, and Educational (SBE) Researchers
(or IRB Biomedical Researchers, if appropriate) learner group modules and now I am
an IRB member. What do I do?
Contact the IRB Manager for assistance in determining what additional training is
I am both a Dean/Department Head and a researcher. Which learner group should I select?
If you serve in both administrative and research roles at OSU, you should select the
“IRB Social, Behavioral, and Educational (SBE) Researchers (or IRB Biomedical Researchers,
if appropriate) learner group. This group provides the more detailed training required for investigators
who conduct research involving human subjects.
I forgot my CITI password. What do I do?
Contact the Office of University Research Compliance at 405.744.3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can send a password reset email, which will allow you to establish a new password.
However, if you used your O-Key credentials when creating your CITI account, we will
provide you with a phone number so you may talk with personnel with OSU’s Information
I forgot my CITI username. What do I do?
Contact the Office of University Research Compliance at 405.744.3377 or email@example.com. We are able to determine your username. However, if you used your O-Key credentials
when creating your CITI account, we will provide you with a phone number so you may
talk with personnel with OSU’s Information Technology Department.
Should I send in a copy of my training completion report with my application?
No. You do not need to submit a copy of your CITI training completion report to the
IRB. Office of University Research Compliance personnel are able to verify your training
completion via access to the CITI database.
When will I have to re-train?
You will be required to complete a refresher course three years after you completed
the CITI basic course in human research protection. Training must be updated every
If I have a problem or question, who do I contact?
If you have questions about the CITI training program or about any material presented
in the program, contact the Office of University Research Compliance, 405.744.3377