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Completing the Mandatory Human Subjects Protection (HSP) Training

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DU investigators (and anyone listed as a researcher on an IRB protocol) who conduct human subject reearch are required to complete human subjects protection training. The University of Denver uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide the required training for all faculty, staff and student investigators. CITI offers a streamlined process that provides certification that is recognized not only at DU but at a variety of institutions nationwide.

In general, the CITI training will take you through several modules that cover a variety of topics for conducting research involving human subjects. Depending on the type of research that will be conducted, investigators will need to select the appropriate curriculum to complete; Social, Behavioral and Education Research (SBER) or Biomedical Research. In order to successfully pass the training curriculum, you will need to answer 80% of the questions correctly. Training is valid for four years. CITI trained investigators will receive a notice when training must be renewed.

Please note: If you have completed CITI training affiliated with another institution, DU will not have access to those records. Investigators must affiliate their training records with the University of Denver in order for the IRB staff to validate the appropriate training has been completed.

How many modules do i need to complete?

Social, Behavioral and Education Research (SBER) requires investigators to complete:

  • 18 required modules for certification

Biomedical Research requires investigators to complete:

  • 19 required modules for certification

reference materials

Step-by-Step Instructions for Human Subjects CITI Training
Refresher Course
Transfer Certification from Another Institution
How do you know when you've successfully finished the CITI training requirement?
Troubleshoot Help and Checking Your CITI Status