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Training Options for External Collaborators

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is the primary option for completing the Northwestern University IRB human research protections training requirement. For community-based researchers who are unable to access CITI and/or external collaborators without a Northwestern NetID there are multiple training options that satisfy Northwestern training requirements. Initial training and re-certification every 3 years is still applicable to community-based researchers and external collaborators.

Training Options

Community-based researchers or external collaborators unaffiliated with Northwestern who have a Northwestern NetID can compete CITI training to satisfy Northwestern training requirements:

For those external to Northwestern who do not have NetIDs and/or do not have access to CITI the following training options also satisfy Northwestern training requirements:

Upon completion of the above courses, please send the completion certificate to

Additional Trainings

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 and it will be added to your eIRB+ profile in addition to your NU required human participant protection training.