Required Human Research Subjects Protection Training

Institutional Review Board Courses & Training Required Human Research Subjects Protection Training
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Institutional Review Board Courses & Training Required Human Research Subjects Protection Training

Participation in the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) program is required for everyone listed on a study involving human subjects. This online training takes approximately three to six hours to complete. To receive credit, set your affiliation to “NYU School of Medicine.” If you have previously taken the CITI training while affiliated with a different institution, you can update your affiliation in your CITI account.

Experts in the institutional review board (IRB) community developed the CITI program, which consists of two basic courses in biomedical research, as well as a course in social and behavioral research. The CITI program also offers case-based refresher courses for continuing education.

Login and Registration Information

To link your CITI completion report with NYU School of Medicine, you are required to indicate NYU School of Medicine as your organization affiliation when registering (not New York University). You must use your Kerberos ID as your username when establishing your profile. See instructions for CITI Program Login/Registration.

Institutional Affiliation

Please note the following for how you should indicate your institutional affiliation:

  • Ensure that you are affiliated with NYU School of Medicine (not New York University), in order for the correct modules to appear.
  • If you have recently been hired from another institution, you must update your affiliation and take the modules required for this institution. You may link your prior completed courses with your new profile under NYU School of Medicine.

Access Issues

If you experience problems accessing the CITI program, please follow these steps:

  • If you forgot your login information, you can retrieve your CITI username or reset your CITI password.
  • In the event that you no longer have access to the email affiliated with your CITI account, contact the CITI program help desk. You can reach the help desk by phone at 888-529-5929 (U.S. toll free) or 305-243-7970 (outside the United States), and choose option 1. Or you can email

Required Courses

Each course includes reading material that can be read on screen or printed, as well as a brief online quiz. The format is open book—you may refer back to the text at any time while taking the quiz. An important note: Your sponsor or principal investigator (PI) may require completion of additional modules. Please check with your PI to ensure you obtain certification in all relevant training modules.

Basic Courses

All researchers and staff from the NYU Langone research community are required to take the basic science modules:

  • For the biomedical research community: complete the Biomedical Research basic course (19 modules).  
  • For the NYU Langone Social Behavioral Research community: complete the Social/Behavioral Research basic course (17 modules).
  • For NYU Langone researchers conducting data or specimens research only: complete the Research with Data or Laboratory—Specimens–Only course (10 modules). Please note that if you have completed the Biomedical Research basic course, you do not have to complete this course section.
  • For students conducting no more than minimal risk research: complete the Students Conducting No More Than Minimal Risk Research course (24 modules).

Refresher Courses

The refresher course (a shorter version of the basic course) must be completed every three years.

Additional Courses

The CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Course (14 modules) may be required if you are involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other sponsors. Otherwise, this course is optional.

If you are conducting social behavioral research funded by the NIH or another sponsor that requires completion of this GCP training, please review this article for guidance on the GCP requirement.

Please note: this GCP course may be completed after completing the basic biomedical course requirement as outlined above. The GCP course is not to be completed in place of the basic biomedical course. However, the GCP course may be chosen as a refresher course to receive continuing education credit and will meet the CITI recertification requirement. To access the GCP module, at main learner menu, select “change group” and “CITI Good Clinical Practice Course.”

Optional course for NYU School of Medicine IRB members: complete the IRB Members course (31 modules).

Access the CITI program modules on the CITI website.

Certification Expiration

Once the required modules are completed, the certification is granted and remains active three years past the date of completion.

Completion of the refresher course is necessary. Once the refresher course has been taken, you will be prompted to complete the full course again upon expiration.

Your CITI certification must always reflect the type of research you are currently carrying out. Should the type of research you are conducting change (e.g., from social/behavioral to biomedical), you must update your CITI profile and take the course that is relevant to your current research type.