Required Training for Investigators

ALL investigators, students, and research staff conducting research with human subjects must complete training and education requirements prior to submitting an application to conduct Human Subjects Research to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and complete refresher training every 3 years thereafter.  Research will not be approved until the training requirements are met and documented by Office of Research Administration.

Core required education and training will be completed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program.  The link to the webpage is  In the upper right corner, click on the “Register” button, which will take you to the “CITI – Learner Registration.”  The first question is “Select Your Organization Affiliation.” All UIS researchers will enter University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the subscriber organization.  Follow the instructions to complete the registration.  Once the registration is complete, secure your login and password information. You will need to keep this information for future use.

When logged onto the CITI Program training site you will select the CITI Program course appropriate to your research.  For UIS, the Curriculum Group is “Course in the Protection of Human Subjects.”  The Course Learning Group is “Social and Behavioral Research.” The Stage is “1 – Basic Course.”

The minimum “passing” aggregate score for the quizzes has been preset.  You may repeat a quiz to improve your score on any quiz in which you did not receive 100% correct.

When you have successfully completed the required courses, download a Completion Report and send/email a copy to the Office of Research Administration.

You may select Additional Elective modules that may be necessary and related to your specific research. Modules related to Social and Behavioral Sciences will have a – SBR following the title of the module.  Here is a list of additional courses to consider:


Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences Informed Consent
Defining Research with Human Subjects Internet Research
Privacy and Confidentiality International Research
Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Research with Children
Research with Protected Populations – Vulnerable Subjects: An Overview Research with Prisoners
Students in Research