For the trainings, please make sure you are registered with a free CITI account that is affiliated with USC. In order to avoid the paywall, go to www.citiprogram.org and click ‘Register’ in the far right-hand side.
Beneath that, type “University of Southern California” into the “Select Your Organization Affiliation” section. Do not select the option that includes (SSO) at the end.
Check the boxes as they appear and then click the “Create CITI Program Account” button on the right-hand side. Again, avoid the USC/SSO-specified option.
This should set you up with a free USC-affiliated account. The option should be accessible from there.
From your main log-in page scroll down to your affiliations. Next to University of Southern California, click the ‘View Courses’ button.
On the new page, scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the grey box at the bottom, click the ‘Add Courses’ option.
At the top of the page, CITI will ask you if you wish to take the course “COVID-19 Back to Campus (Fall 2020).” This course is optional; you do not have to select ‘Yes’ if you do not wish to take it.
Under Question #2, select which trainings are appropriate. The most commonly selected are Human Subjects Research, Good Clinical Practice and Research HIPAA.
If you selected Human Subjects Research in Question #2, proceed to Question #3 and select your Human Subjects Research training by campus. There is an option to take the Human Subjects training in Spanish, for either campus, in this box.
If you selected Good Clinical Practice in Question #2, proceed to Question #4 and select your Good Clinical Practice based on type of research and/or campus.
Click ‘Submit,’ and you will be done adding courses.
You will be required to take the Human Research Subjects training if you are being added to an IRB protocol. We offer a “Biomedical” and “Social/Behavioral” option. Please select the option that best characterizes the nature of the research you will be doing.
Good Clinical Practice course is required only if you are doing research for a clinical trial. Please select the option that is most appropriate for your research.
Research HIPAA is required only if you are doing research with highly sensitive patient information. This course is separate from the Office of Compliance HIPAA course, and we are happy to look at CITI Research HIPAA certificates from other institutions to determine if they are eligible to transfer.
For more information please view the Education and Certification page on the HRPP website.
Any questions about the above can be sent to email@example.com for any further clarification.
Requests to transfer GCP and/or Human Subjects training certifications from outside Institutions or vendors will be evaluated to determine that course content is equivalent to USC CITI course requirements prior to being accepted.
A copy of the certification and transcript must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you received a notice from iStar indicating your certificate is about to expire, you must re-certify. The human subjects education policy is that investigators/personnel must complete training every 3 years.
Yes. GCP is a separate requirement from human subjects training. GCP training and human subjects education must be taken every three years. Both courses are available at www.citiprogram.org
A refresher course becomes available in CITI 90 days before the three year certificate expires.
Yes, even if a project is exempt, study personnel are still required to take Human Subjects Protections Training.
No. If a project was determined to be “not human subjects research” (NHSR) (e.g., this applies whether coded specimen/data or not meeting the federal definition) study personnel do not need to take the Human Subjects training on CITI.
Yes, you must complete Human Subjects Protections Training even if you completed HIPAA Training.
Amendments for adding “key personnel” on a study require that the added individual(s) complete CITI before the amendment is approved.