CITI Courses in The Protection of Human Research Subjects

CITI Courses in The Protection of Human Research Subjects

Registration for CITI Basic Course in Human Research Protections

  1. Print these instructions for reference.
  2. Check IRAP e-reports to see whether the IRB has a record of your completing 4 credits of initial IRB training. This will be very important in the "Select Groups" step, below.
  3. Go to
  4. If you do not have a CITI account, click "Click here to register."
  5. Step 1: Select your institution or organization: Under "Participating Institutions," choose University of Alabama, Birmingham.
  6. Step 2: Enter your name. Please enter your full name (no nicknames or shortened names). Use your address when asked for an email address. If you are not a student or employee, use your institutional email address (e.g.,, Using any other address, such as gmail or hotmail, may delay you receiving credit for your training.
  7. Step 3: Create your username and password: Create a username and password to use with the CITI system, and make a note of them.
  8. Step 4: Demographic Information: Please complete all applicable fields. Click "Submit."
  9. Step 5: CME/CEU credits: Indicate whether you are applying for these credits. Note that these credits are not required by UAB. CME/CEU credits come, at a fee, from the University of Miami, not from UAB. Indicate whether you are willing to complete the course survey.
  10. Step 6: Member Information: Please complete all applicable fields. Click "Submit.
  11. Step 7: Select Groups:
    1. For Question 1, choose Group 1 or 2 as appropriate for your research areas.
    2. For Question 2, choose "I have not previously completed an approved Basic Course." This is what registers you for "initial" IRB training.
    3. Leave Question 3 blank unless you intend to complete ICH-GCP training also. ICH-GCP training is not valid for IRB training.
    4. Answer "Not at this time" for Question 4 unless you intend to complete CITI US Export Control Regulations training also. Export Control training is not valid for IRB training.
    5. Click "Continue."
  12. When you choose Finalize registration, you will receive a confirmation email to complete the registration process and gain access to the CITI system.
  13. After completing the course, save the Human Research Curriculum Completion Report for your records. The Office of the IRB is automatically notified.

CITI Frequently Asked Questions
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About this Course

  • Can you provide a course description?
    Yes: The CITI Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects include information for biomedical and social-behavioral researchers in the following areas:
    • Defining Research with Human Subjects
    • Basic Institutional Review Board (IRB) Regulations and Review Process
    • Informed Consent
    • Social and Behavioral Research for Biomedical Researchers
    • The Regulations and The Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Records-Based Research
    • Genetic Research in Human Populations
    • Research With Protected Populations - Vulnerable Subjects
    • FDA-Regulated Research.
    • International Research
    • Internet Research
    • HIPAA and Human Subjects Research
    • Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects
  • What does the course cover?
    During registration, you will choose the biomedical or behavioral course. Most of the required modules end with a quiz. You can change groups if your research interests change.
  • How long does it take?
    That depends on how quickly you read. Generally, 2-6 hours for the Basic Course (initial training) and 2 hours or less for the Refresher Course (continuing training). The course software records each module that you successfully complete, so you can do them all at once or in several sessions.
  • What are the most common errors people make?
    1) Completing the Refresher Course when they need the Basic Course. See Step 6 in the registration instructions.
    2) Not using their BlazerID as an email address, which complicates assigning credit.
  • How do I register?
    See the instructions above.
  • To change your username or password, affiliate with another institution, or search the CITI system, please see the FAQ page at CITI.
  • To retrieve a lost username or password when the CITI system does not recognize your e-mail address, you can e-mail the OIRB and we will try to retrieve them.

CME/CEU Credit for CITI Courses
Details and instructions from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education.

CITI: How to Change Groups and Courses
August 15, 2007