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Who/What is CITI Training?


The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content. Their web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world. UCLA has chosen to subscribe to the CITI Program for all its online Research Based Training.


Anyone who is required to take our UCLA CITI courses must first create an account within the CITI website or affiliate themselves with UCLA if they already have an existing CITI account.

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Who is required to take the CITI training?


All Key Research Personnel must complete the online CITI Training Program prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application.

Key Personnel is defined as the Principal Investigator, other investigators and research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with study participants or who are directly involved with handling private information related to study participants during the course of a research project. Key Personnel also include faculty sponsors who provide direct oversight of research with study participants or research using study participants' private information.

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How is CITI training organized?


CITI instructional modules are organized by “Learner Groups.” Select the Learner Group that most closely reflects the main emphasis of your work. The Learner Groups include:

  • Biomedical Researchers & Staff: Investigators/staff submitting to the Medical IRBs
  • Social & Behavioral Researchers & Staff: Investigators/staff submitting to the General IRBs 
  • Basic Scientists/Investigators who work with coded or identifiable data and/or specimens but who do not have contact with research participants 
  • General Campus IRB Committee Members
  • Medical IRB Committee Members 
  • OHRPP Staff: staff employed by UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program ONLY
  • Other University officials (e.g., Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, Assistant Vice Chancellors, Deans) and Research Administrators, as necessary, if not conducting human subjects research


Most users complete the Basic training in approximately 4 hours. You are not required to complete the training all at once. You may stop and start anytime. Just remember your user name and password.

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How to Sign Up or Add a Course to My Current Profile/Gradebook


In order to complete any Basic Course you must first ADD the required course to your profile/main menu. To do this, you must be logged into your CITI account and follow these steps:

  • Under “My Learner Tools for University of California, Los Angeles” click on Add a Course or Update Learner Group.
  • Question #1 is the Human Subjects Protection Basic Courses from which you will need to choose your specific Learner Group (as described above)
  • Question #2 is the UCLA HIPAA course
  • Questions #3-11: Answer as Applicable
  • Click Submit


Once you click submit, all courses chosen will now appear on your Main Menu screen. To access each course, simply hover over each course title to enter the course. Instruction will prompt you to navigate through each course.

Please Note: You will need to click on the “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course”

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CITI Refresher Course


CITI training must be renewed every 3 years (most courses) for all Key Research Personnel. The Refresher Course is comprised of cases and scenarios or summaries of the important concepts for modules in the Human Research Basic Course. Depending upon your Learner Group, you will either complete the preselected refresher modules, or the 2 preselected modules and 5 additional modules of your choice. Each module will require about 5-10 minutes to complete.

You will receive an email notice from CITI 180 days, then 90 days, then 30 days prior to the expiration date for your course, but you may also log on to the CITI website to see when you are due to take your refresher course. You may complete the Refresher course up to 180 days (that is, six months) prior to the expiration date of your current CITI training.

At that time, the Refresher Course in your Learner Group will automatically be populated into your profile/main menu. You will not be able to complete any Refresher Courses until you have completed the Basic Course within your specific Learner Group. 

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CITI HIPAA Research Training Certificate


CITI HIPAA is required for all researchers involving human study: If you have taken the HIPAA Research training certification course that was offered PRIOR TO 2009 and you have the actual certificate, you may upload this document into webIRB and this will meet UCLA’s HIPAA Research requirement.

If not, log into your CITI account at and follow these steps:

  • On your “Main Menu” screen, click “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”
  • Go to Question #2 and click “yes” for the UCLA HIPAA course and then click “Submit”
  • You will be returned to your Main Menu and may begin the UCLA HIPAA course and, when completed, you will have the option to print the completion certificate.


For additional information on HIPAA, please follow this link: HIPAA 

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CITI Training Completion List


CITI Training Completion List - As a courtesy, OHRPP provides a searchable listing of UCLA personnel who have completed the CITI training. The list is updated Monday through Friday. Please allow 24 hours after completing the CITI training for your name to appear on the list. OHRPP cannot guarantee that the list is complete. If you completed the training and your name does not appear on the list, please follow the link at to obtain a copy of your CITI certification of completion.

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For additional information on the CITI training requirements and how to access the training refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Contact Us


For questions about UCLA CITI training, contact Gina Pendergrass at or (310) 206-2015, or Annie Hilo at or (310) 825-1291.
For general training comments, please email    

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Page Last Updated: October 30, 2017