CITI Certification Program

Required Training for University of Arizona Investigators and Study Personnel who are conducting Biomedical Research and Social/Behavioral research involving Human Subjects.

The Human Subjects Protection Program office is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, commonly called the CITI Program. CITI will allow the University of Arizona to fulfill its obligation to provide investigators with initial and continuing education in the area of human subjects protection.

Log onto the CITI modular based, on-line system, that is customized to meet the needs of both Behavioral and Biomedical researchers. To complete the log in you will need to register with a user name and a password of your choosing. You can then log on as many times as needed to review all of the required modules and take the quizzes. You can complete the training a little at a time, or all at once. (You will be associated with the University of Arizona). This program also allows for collaborators, not affiliated with the University of Arizona, to take the training on-line so they can be part of your research team.

Requirements for research personnel:

All new researchers will be required to use this system for completion of their human subjects training, effective May 15, 2006. Research personnel will be required to update their training every four years in order to meet continuing education requirements. Effective October 1, 2006, Verification of Human Subjects Training Forms submitted for new projects, continuing review of existing projects, or personnel changes may not contain training dates more than four years old.

NOTE: for purposes of being listed on the VOTF for the UACC Biospecimen Repository (Tumor Bank), you only need to take the Biomedical component.

Q? Who should be listed on the Verification of Training Form (VOTF)?
Any person who will be “engaged” in research should be listed on the VOTF. These individuals 1) intervene or interact with living individuals for research purposes, or 2) obtain individually identifiable private information for research purposes.

In 2008, a new, rather extensive, and required module was added as the last component: Native American populations.

When you get to this module, be sure to READ THE DIRECTIONS carefully! You will need to view a slide show (click on the link) titled “Respecting Culture and Sovereignty” first AND read the three ensuing Case Studies BEFORE taking the quiz for the module – the quiz questions won’t make sense without background from the slide show and the case studies. (You might want to print out the slides and case studies to refer to as you take the quiz). The slide show contains 28 slides (4/page x 7 pages). The tribes described are not Arizona tribes, but the concepts are global to all respecting all Native American cultures.

On their website you can read more about the Human Subjects Program or go to the UA home page, search on Human Subjects Protection Program, then find the CITI program link.