Training and Education


Northwestern University requires all individuals involved in the conduct of human subjects research to complete human subjects protection training and to recertify every 3 years. IRB approval will be withheld if these training requirements are not met.

These requirements apply to all persons with a significant role in the research, such as those designated as:

  • Principal Investigator and Co-investigators,
  • Individuals named on a study grant or contract proposal,
  • Individuals listed on an FDA form 1572 for the conduct of the research at NU or at an affiliate institution,
  • Individuals named as a contact person in the informed consent document(s) or recruitment materials for research,
  • Individuals who obtain informed consent from prospective participants in research, and
  • Individuals who obtain individually identifiable health information under an NU Business Associate Agreement.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing training through CITI does NOT register you with eIRB+. NU/NU Affiliate staff must create an eIRB+ profile separately.   You can find instructions here: Registration Process

  • Instructions on how to be added to studies can be found here: Personnel Changes
  • Screenshots and instructions to navigate the CITI website can be found here: CITI FAQs

Verify training status

CITI Training Report (current through 08/31/2019)

This file contains only research personnel at NU who have completed training through the CITI website (initial or refresher course) within the last 3 years. Training completed elsewhere (NIH, a live Investigator 101 session, CITI training through another institution) is not listed. Email or contact the IRB office with questions. 

PLEASE NOTE: This spreadsheet is updated on a monthly basis, but individual eIRB+ profiles are updated daily.

Initial Training

Any one of the following satisfies the initial training requirements and meet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) education requirements.

  • CITI Basic Course

  • Investigator 101 - Live training with IRB staff

  • NIH online training* (Please note as of September 26, 2018, this training is no longer available)

Previous Training

If training was completed at another institution, please send a .pdf copy of the training certificate to to determine if it meets NU’s training requirements.


Recertification is required every 3 years.  Please note, the CITI refresher course may fulfill this requirement 3 times.  The CITI basic course will be required on the 4th recertification. Any of the options below satisfy NU’s recertification training requirements.

  • CITI refresher

  • Investigator 201 - Live recertification training with IRB staff

  • NIH online training* (Please note as of September 26, 2018, this training is no longer available)

* Updating Training in eIRB+:   If training is completed through NIH, you must send a copy of your completion certificate to in order to update your eIRB+ profile.