Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is a leading online training program maintained by the University of Miami. It offers curricula in human subject research, animal research, and the responsible conduct of research. 
CITI Program is dedicated to serving the training needs of colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, technology and research organizations, governmental agencies, as they foster integrity and professional advancement of their learners. 


Biomedical (Biomed) Comprehensive - This course provides training that covers biomedical-focused areas and concepts for the purpose of conducting research. Also, it offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects. Case studies are used within the modules to present key concepts. This course has been updated to reflect the 2018 Requirements of the Common Rule.

Who Must Take The CITI Certification Course?

Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects (IRB)

As of Fall 2021, all Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students who intend to participate in human subjects’ research and have their protocols approved through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) MUST complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) through  Below are the training requirements:

  • New IRB board members MUST complete the Human Subjects Research Board Member training course. 
  • Continuing board members MUST complete the Social & Behavioral - Basic/Refresher training course.
  • Faculty and Staff who intend on submitting a research protocol through the IRB MUST complete the Social and Behavioral Research – Basic/Refresher training course and have a certificate of completion of the course.
  • Faculty applying for Delegated Review MUST complete the Social and Behavioral Research – Basic/Refresher training course. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who intend on conducting research and seeking approval for their projects through the IRB should complete the Student Conducting Research training course.  NOTE: The completed student certificate must be included in the PI's documents via Axiom for override approval of the auto-uploaded Social and Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher course. 

Faculty, staff, and students conducting research must first register through and link their account to Ithaca College.  Upon completion of the course listed above, the certificate will be linked to Axiom Mentor through which faculty, staff, and students will be able to submit their research protocols for IRB consideration and approval.

Institutional Biosafety (IBC)

  • All board members
  • Students working in labs

Learner Groups:

  • Biosafety board member: Institutional Biosafety Committee Member Course
  • Biosafety students working in labs: Student Training in Biosafety

Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC)

  • All board members
  • Students working in labs

Learner Groups:

  • IACUC board member: Essentials for IACUC Members
  • IACUC students in labs: Responsible Conduct of Research and IACUC demos on specific animals

Academic Funding

  • NSF- or NIH-funded researchers
  • Participating students and postdoctoral researchers

Learner Groups:

  • NSF- and NIH-funded faculty, staff, and students: Responsible Conduct of Research and CITI Conflicts of Interest

Upon successful completion, a CITI Notice of Completion will be sent to Sponsored Research to complete the certification process.


Go to the CITI website.
Click the “Register” link.
Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation ,” type Ithaca College.
Create your own username and password.
Select the appropriate Learner Group (see above).