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Who is required to to take the CITI training?


All Key Research Personnel must complete the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (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." Once you log on to the CITI website you will be prompted to select a learner group. 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 for Human Research Protection Program
  • Highest level 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 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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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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CITI Refresher Course


CITI training must be renewed every 3 years 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 Subjects Protection 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.


IMPORTANT NOTE: You may now "add" any course, including the Refresher Course, to your profile/gradebook directly once you log into the CITI website. Simply choose the "Add a course or update your learner group" link, which appears on your home page.


HIPAA Research Training Certificate 

Follow the link for information on the CITI HIPAA Training for research.


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

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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 CITI training, contact Gianna Calabro in UCLA OHRPP at 310-206-7081 or, or Annie Hilo at 310-825-1291 or


For general training comments, please email 

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Page Last Updated: Febuary 21, 2013