Human Subject Protection Training

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

Questions about CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses can be directed to NU Office for Research Integrity: nu-ori@northwestern.edu / (312) 503-0054

If you are conducting research sponsored by the US Department of Defense or Department of the Navy, additional training may be required, and can be taken via the CITI website.  Please confirm with your sponsor what additional CITI training is appropriate for your role. When you have completed this training, please send a copy of the certificate to irbtraining@northwestern.edu and it will be added to your eIRB+ profile in addition to your NU required human subjects protection training.

Questions or issues with the CITI website can be directed to the CITI helpdesk at (305) 243-7970, option 1 for technical assistance, or to citisupport@med.miami.edu

*** PLEASE NOTE: Completing CITI training does NOT register you with eIRB+. To be added to studies, NU and NU Affiliate staff must create an eIRB+ profile.  For instructions, click here: Creating an eIRB+ Profile 

Accessing Training through CITI

Screenshots & Instructions

Additional Instructions

Click the scenario that best describes you to find further instructions:

If you have never taken a CITI Course

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website (www.citiprogram.org)
  2. Click the gray “Log in via SSO” button on the right-hand side of the screen
  3. A list of institutions will appear.  Click “Northwestern University”
  4. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password
  5. Click the blue banner labeled “Northwestern University Courses”
  6. Click “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”
  7. 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)
  8. Click Submit
  9. Click the blue “Northwestern University Courses” banner on your Main Menu page
  10. A table will drop down below with “incomplete” in the status column
  11. Click the name of the course to be redirected to the content
  12. 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 completion on behalf of CITI. 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 update your profile in eIRB+ to reflect completion of training.  If you have not registered in eIRB+, please see the eIRB registration instructions.

the refresher course

Follow these instructions if you have completed training before and need to take the refresher course (per policy every 3 years).  Please note, you may only take the refresher course 3 times.  After that, you are required to complete the Basic course again. 

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website (www.citiprogram.org)
  2. Click the gray “Log in via SSO” button on the right-hand side of the screen
  3. A list of institutions will appear.  Click “Northwestern University”
  4. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password
  5. For Biomedical and Social Behavioral courses, 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 or to recertify for the GCP course, please see instructions below*
  6. Click the blue “Northwestern University Courses” banner on your Main Menu page
  7. A table will drop down below with “incomplete” in the status column for Biomedical or Social Behavioral courses (GCP will not have this note)
  8. Click 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.

*to recertify for Good Clinical Practice, Biomedical, or Social-Behavioral courses before the refresher is available in your CITI account

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website (www.citiprogram.org)
  2. Click the gray “Log in via SSO” button on the right-hand side of the screen
  3. A list of institutions will appear.  Click “Northwestern University”
  4. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password
  5. Click the blue “Northwestern University Courses” banner on your Main Menu Page
  6. A table will drop down below showing your current course completions
  7. Click the name of the course to access a list of the modules
  8. Click the name of each module to be redirected to the content and the quiz
  9. When you have completed all the required modules and save/print a copy of your completion certificate, the first page (with a green stripe) will still display the original date you completed the modules.  The second page (with a blue stripe) will list the most recent date you completed each module.

NOTE: The NU IRB Office does not issue certificates of completion on behalf of CITI. 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. Send a copy of your previous CITI completion certificate/s to irbtraining@northwestern.edu 
  2. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website (www.citiprogram.org)
  3. Click the gray “Log in via SSO” button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  4. A list of institutions will appear.  Click “Northwestern University”.
  5. An NU validation screen will come up.  Enter your NU NetID & password.
  6. As part of the account setup, you will be asked if you have an existing CITI account. Answer yes and provide the requested information.
  7. Your existing account will be affiliated with NU and you will be able to log in via SSO with your NU NetID & password going forward.

If you are unable to log in using the instructions above

Send an email that includes the information below to irbtraining@northwestern.edu and an IRB staff member will contact you.

  • Your name, as listed on your CITI account
  • Your CITI username
  • Your CITI account number
  • Your NU NetID

If you do Not have a Northwestern University NetID