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CITI Training

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program provides research ethics education to the research community. The CITI program offers both basic (initial) and refresher courses covering human subjects research and HIPAA requirements. Additionally, optional Good Clinical Practice (GCP) modules are available for completion or recertification.

Choose the scenario which applies to you for further instruction:

 

Click here for a PDF of instructions and screen-shots

 

if you have not taken the CITI Course before:

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web site
  2. Select “Northwestern University” from the list of options
  3. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password
  4. Click on the blue banner labelled “Northwestern University Courses”
  5. Click on “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”
  6. Select the appropriate course/s for the research you will be conducting (i.e. Biomedical, Social Science and Behavioral Science, and/or Good Clinical Practice)
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click on the blue “Northwestern University Courses” banner on your Main Menu page
  9. A table should drop down below with “incomplete” in the status column
  10. Click on the name of the course to be redirected to the content
  11. After you have completed all of the modules and passed the quizzes with a score of 70% or better, you will be able to download and print a Course Completion Report. This report is a transcript providing a detailed record of your training. NOTE: The NU IRB Office does not issue certificates of CITI training completion. You are strongly advised to retain a copy of the certificate for your records.

The IRB Office will be notified that your training has been completed. If you have registered in eIRB+, the IRB office will then update your profile in eIRB+ to reflect completion of CITI training.  If you have not registered in eIRB+, please see the eIRB registration instructions.

If you need to take the refresher course

Follow these instructions if you have taken the CITI course before and need to take the refresher course (per policy every 3 years).  Please note that after 3 refreshers, CITI will require that the Basic course be completed again. 

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web site
  2. Click on the grey “Log in via SSO” button on the right hand side of the screen
  3. A list of institutions will appear.  Click on “Northwestern University”
  4. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password.
  5. CITI will automatically add the "Refresher" course to your list of courses 90 days before your CITI Training expires.  To complete the Refresher course before this time, contact the IRB Office at irbtraining@northwestern.edu to arrange this with CITI.
  6. Click on the blue “Northwestern University Courses” banner on your Main Menu page
  7. A table should drop down below with “incomplete” in the status column
  8. Click on the name of the course to be redirected to the content
  9. After you have completed all of the modules and passed the quizzes with a score of 70% or better, you will be able to download and print a Course Completion Report. This report is a transcript providing a detailed record of your training. NOTE: The NU IRB Office does not issue certificates of CITI training completion. You are strongly advised to retain a copy of the certificate for your records.

The IRB Office will be notified that your training has been completed. If you have registered in eIRB+, the IRB office will then update your profile in eIRB+ to reflect completion of CITI refresher training. If you have not registered in eIRB+, please see the eIRB registration instructions.

If You have Taken a CITI Course at Another Institution

  1. Log into your existing CITI account
  2. Click on the blue banner labelled “Click here to affiliate with another institution”
  3. Click on the blue text “Click here to affiliate with another institution” that drops down below
  4. Type “Northwestern University” into the box Select Northwestern University from the drop-down menu.  (*DO NOT* select “Northwestern Health Sciences University” – this is a completely unrelated institution)
  5. Click “Next”
  6. The next time you log in, go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web site
    Click on the grey “Log in via SSO” button on the right hand side of the screen
    A list of institutions will appear.  Click on “Northwestern University”
    An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password.

If you are unable to log in using the instructions above

send an email to irbtraining@northwestern.edu including:
•       Your name, as listed on your CITI account
•       Your CITI username
•       Your CITI account number
•       Your NU NetID
and a member of staff will contact you.

don't have a netid?

Request a Guest or Affiliate NetID through your department & NUIT (http://www.it.northwestern.edu/accounts/email/deptorg-accts/index.html )  This will be preferable if you are going to be working on multiple projects, so you can create a profile in eIRB+ rather than requiring your information to be manually added and updated for each study.

If it is not possible to obtain a NetID, complete the NIH online training and send a copy of the completion certificate to irbtraining@northwestern.edu

Contact :
Chicago
Arthur Rubloff Building, 7th Floor
750 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Phone: (312) 503-9338
Fax: (312) 503-0555
irb@northwestern.edu
Evanston
Chambers Hall, 2nd Floor
600 Foster St.
Phone: (847) 467-1723
irb@northwestern.edu

 

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