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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):

Single sign on with your NDSU electronic ID and password is now available on the CITI training website at: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.  To complete IRB Training, register for the Human Subjects Course: Basic course for Social Behavioral research OR Human Subjects Course:  Biomedical Research.

Non-NDSU collaborators engaged in NDSU research may still create an account with the CITI Program.  Instructions for enrolling in a CITI course for the first time can be found here.

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Affiliating With North Dakota State University in the CITI Program:

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 following link: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative and choose ‘North Dakota State University.’

Affiliating with North Dakota State University in the CITI program:

  • Check that you are affiliated with North Dakota State University in CITI as a primary or secondary institution. If you are not, fill out the “click here to affiliate with another institution” section within CITI.
  • Ensure that your institutional email has a NDSU email domain in the CITI Program Profile (use your NDSU email address): If not, change the email by going to My Profiles in CITI.
  • If you have not yet used your NDSU email to create a CITI account, CITI will create an account with key pieces of profile information the first time you log in through the single sign on.
    • If this is the first time you have logged into CITI, fill out additional profile fields after your new account is created.
    • 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 to enroll in a course for the first time
How do I know when my course expires
How to access CITI technical support

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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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