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Human Subjects Protection Training

Initial Training

  • NDSU IRB Standard Operating Procedures requires all investigators and research team members engaged in the conduct of human subjects research to complete training on protecting the rights and welfare of research participants.  Documentation of training is verified at initial and continuing review of the protocol. as well as when adding research team members to a protocol.  More information can be found in SOP 5.3 Training, Education and Outreach:  Research investigators and team members.
  • Training options include:

    • Completion of the online course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program:

      • Human Subjects: Social/Behavioral Research Course
      • Human Subjects: Biomedical Research
      • Human Subjects: Research Assistants and Team members (for individual whose involvement is limited to data analysis).

    • Attendance of a one-hour in-person session offered by the IRB office.  General campus sessions are offered a few times per semester (Fall/Spring).  Invited sessions are also offered to groups of 5 or more; contact the IRB office for additional information.

  • Conducting an NIH-funded clinical trial requires completion of training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).  To complete this training, register by clicking "Add a course" on your CITI page Main Menu and choosing "Good Clinical Practice."

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Online Training Course for Human Subjects Protection/IRB

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI):

Courses which fulfill the requirements for conducting human subjects research include:

  1. Human Subjects Course: Basic course for Social Behavioral research
  2. Human Subjects Course:  Biomedical Research.
  3. Human Subjects Course:  Extension Agents

Non-NDSU collaborators engaged in NDSU research may still create an account with the CITI Program.  Instructions can be found below in the section "Mayville State and other Non-NDSU Collaborators."

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NDSU Single Sign On (SSO) Users

CITI training is now a single sign on application so NDSU employees will be able to use their NDSU electronic IDs and passwords when logging into the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.   From the CITI Home page, Click 'Log in' and then choose ‘North Dakota State University’ from the list of institutions.

  • If you have an NDSU email account and have previously created a CITI account with a non-NDSU email account, you can request that CITI merge the accounts by sending an email to with the following information:

     - Your first and last name.
     - The name of your institution.
     - The username or Member ID for the account to keep.
     - The username or Member ID for the account to merge.

Online Training Support for new and returning learners:
How do I know when my course expires
Need technical support?  Contact CITI toll-free at 888.529.5929 or

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Mayville State and other non-NDSU Collaborators

Due to the collaborative review arrangement between NDSU and Mayville State University, Mayville faculty, staff and student researchers may affiliate with NDSU in the CITI program to complete the required Human Subjects Training.  Additionally, collaborators on NDSU or Mayville State research may also complete the training to fulfill the training requirements.

To set up a CITI account:

  • From the CITI homepage, Click on "REGISTER."
  • Select Your Organization Affiliation as 'North Dakota State University.'  NOTE:  Do not select the 'North Dakota State University (SSO) option if you do not have an email address.
  • Click that "I AGREE to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for accessing CITI Program Materials."
  • Click that "I affirm that I am an affiliate of North Dakota State University."
  • Select "Continue to Create Your CITI Program Username/Password."


Continuing Education

  • The NDSU IRB requires all members of the research team maintain current knowledge of ethical principles and policies related to human subjects research.
  • Options for refresher training include:

    • online session (CITI training for Human Subjects Research - initial or refresher),
    • in-person training session on the protection of human subjects offered by the IRB Office,
    • instruction of a course including at least 1 hour class discussion of human subjects protection principles (this option may be used once every 6 years). Complete the Investigator CE: Course Instruction Option Form.

Individual online training records can be accessed through the CITI program.  Instructions on viewing your CITI training expiration dates can be found here.

For questions about your last in-person training date, please contact the IRB office.

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