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What is CITI?

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) is a web-based training program for university personnel and students which serves institutions worldwide, and covers a variety of research topics. (CITI Training is offered at no cost to Faculty and Students affiliated with ISU)

Who Needs to Take CITI Training and Which Courses Apply?

(ISU researchers may be required to take one or more CITI training modules)


Researcher Role Course Title Applicability Number of Modules Est. Time to Complete
Human Subjects Investigator Biomedical

For most investigators in biomedical/health or other non-Social and Behavioral disciplines

17 8 - 16 hours
Human Subjects Investigator Social & Behavioral Research For most investigators in Social and Behavioral or Humanities disciplines 17 8 - 16 hours
Human Subjects Investigator Students - Class Projects Investigators conducting no more than minimal risk research 3 1.5 - 3 hours
Health Professionals Health Information Privacy & Security (HIPS)5 different courses tailored to different roles in health professions All Faculty and Students in the Health Professions division. 2 with 1 - 2 Electives required 2 - 4 hours
Faculty and Students on an NSF-Funded Project All Students (RCR) Anyone with a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for a project that pays students and the students on the grant 11 5.5 - 11 hours
PIs on Grant-Funded Projects Conflicts of Interest (COI) All Lead Principal Investigators, Principal Investigators and Investigators (Cayuse Proposal designations) 2 1 - 2 hours
Faculty Conducting Animal Research Researchers For PIs on an IACUC Protocol 6 3 - 6 hours
Students Conducting Animal Research Students Working with Animals For Students on an IACUC Protocol 5 2.5 - 5 hours
Faculty & Students Conducting Field Research with Animals Wildlife Research Anyone working on an IACUC Field Protocol 1 30 - 60 min.
Faculty & Student Investigators Working with Biohazards Group 1 - Training for Investigators, Staff and Students Handling Biohazards All personnel on an IBC protocol 13 6.5 - 13 hours
Faculty & Student Investigators Working with Blood Samples Group 3 - OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Anyone working with blood samples 5 2.5 - 5 hours
PI Transferring/Shipping Biohazards

Group 4 - Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials

Anyone intending on shipping Biohazards 9 4.5 - 9 hours
rDNA & Synthetic DNA Researchers

Group 5 - NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

Anyone working with rDNA or synthetic DNA 1 30 - 60 min.
PIs Working with Weaponizable Biohazards 

Group 6 - Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)

PIs Working with Weaponizable Biohazards  1 30 - 60 min.
PIs working with Biohazards in conjunction with animals, soil, and/or plants

Group 8 - USDA Permits Soil/Animal/Plant

PIs working with Biohazards in conjunction with animals, soil, and/or plants 1 Elective 30 - 60 min.
Faculty & Student Investigators Working with Biohazards

Group 9 - Biosafety Overview

Anyone conducting minimal risk research that may involve bio-specimens 1 30 - 60 min.
Researchers working on an export-controlled project.

Export Controls

Any researcher working on project that may involve the transfer of material, information or service to a foreign entity 1 30 - 60 min.
Data & Lab Specimens Research

Data & Lab Specimens Only

Investigators conducting research with pre-existing data and/or lab specimens 10 4 - 6 hours

(As used above, the term “researcher” includes not only PIs, but any faculty, student, technician, and/or support staff who directly interacts with the research subject as part of their project duties.)

Note: PIs and Students working with animals will need to take the appropriate species-specific modules in addition to the base training.

Please Note: Persons under 18 years of age must seek parental permission for creation of an account and subsequent use of the CITI Program’s materials. CITI Program accounts are not available to persons under 13 years of age. Persons creating CITI Program accounts from its website or through organizational portals agree as a condition of use that they are: (a) 18 years of age or older; or (b) if under 18, have parental permission to access CITI Program materials, and are over 13 years of age.


How Do I Get Started in CITI?

Enter your CITI User Information:
  1. Register for CITI online training at CITI's website -- an isu.edu email account is preferred but not required.
  2. In the “Select Your Institution or Organization” drop-down box, type in "Idaho State University".
  3. Create your own Username and password (you will also be asked to complete a profile survey that will tailor suggested courses to you based on your responses)
  4. Click View Courses and Select "Add a Course" from the Learner Tools for ISU menu (note: questions 5 and 8 are mandatory)
  5. Proceed to the training.

Getting Started in CITI and the Getting Started Video are helpful tools to those new to CITI. 

  • ISU’s Office for Research is automatically notified (overnight) when you successfully complete a course.
  • CITI automatically contacts you by e-mail 90 days prior to the expiration date of your course certification.

Please contact Tom Bailey at (208) 282-2179 or via email at bailthom@isu.edu if you have any questions or require further information.