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Training

Required for those involved with human subjects research

The WSU HRPP requires investigators, co-investigators, coordinators, and key personnel involved in research with human participants to complete training in the ethical and equitable treatment of participants in research.

All faculty, staff, and students involved in Human Subjects Research must have the following CITI training courses complete:

  1. “Social/Behavioral Research Course” OR “Biomedical Research Course” – This depends on the type of research being conducted, please choose whichever applies to your research.
  2. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)*  – Several options are available; choose whichever course most applies to the research. Similar to the courses above, we recommend the “Social and Behavioral” or “Biomedical” RCR.
  3. ONLY Clinical Investigations and Trials: “Good Clinical Practice” (GCP) is also required. Please note that many NIH-Funded studies may be required to have this training.

*WSU requires all faculty and staff conducting research activities to have RCR training, regardless of the category or funding. For further information, please go to the link below:
Office of Research – RCR Training
ORSO Guideline 8 (pdf) will list the specific policies regarding the RCR requirement.

If you have any further questions, contact the IRB at irb@wsu.edu. The applications will not be processed until all personnel have completed CITI training.

Complete the required training by visiting the CITI website. Please also refer to our CITI Training Registration Guide (pdf)

CITI training is mandatory for investigators submitting exempt, expedited, or full-board review applications to the HRPP.

  • The principal investigator is responsible for training and its documentation for all personnel listed on the IRB application.
  • If Non-WSU personnel do not have access to commensurate CITI modules, please contact the HRPP for further guidance: irb@wsu.edu. In most circumstances, the IRB will review and accept training completed by researchers for other universities’ IRBs.

When training needs to be complete

Ideally, training should be completed prior to submission. The IRB is able to review a protocol while investigators are completing their training, however, the protocol cannot be approved until it is complete. If a member is unable to complete the training before the research needs to begin, they can be omitted from the application and added later via an amendment; approval can be granted as long as the rest of the members have completed the training.

If a project has been previously approved and new research personnel are being added via an amendment, training must be complete prior to approval of the amendment and prior to the new members engaging in human subjects research activities.

Single Sign-On (SSO) for WSU

There is a single sign-on option which allows WSU faculty, staff, and students to sign in using their WSU account information. On the CITI homepage , choose “Log in through my institution” and find Washington State University in the list. Once you click on the link for WSU, it should take you to a WSU sign in page. Log in with your WSU credentials and you will access your CITI account.

Register for training

For those that are unable to sign in with SSO, please see the subsequent section detailing registration steps. If you have completed the SSO process, please follow the steps below to register for the courses.

  1. On your account homepage, under “Institutional Courses,” click on the blue “View Courses” next to “Washington State University.” This will take you to your WSU courses page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to a section titled “Learner Tools for Washington State University” and click “Add a Course.”
  3. Follow the questions below to register for the necessary courses:
  • Question 1: Select yes, confirming that you will be working with live human beings, human samples, or data derived from human beings. Also select “Yes, I need/want to take the course on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).”
  • Question 2: Indicate whether or not you have previously completed the basic course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.
  • Question 3: Select your learner group. Choose between Biomedical Research Investigators and Social & Behavioral Research Investigators.
  • Question 5: Select the RCR course that best fits your category of research: Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, OR, if you’re unsure, RCR for Administrators.
  • Question 6: The Good Clinical Practice course is only required for biomedical research investigators conducting NIH research. Otherwise select No, thanks.
  • Question 8: It will now ask if you wish to enroll in the IRB Chair or Institutional/Signatory Official, select Not at this time.
  • Finalize registration.

You should now be enrolled in the following course programs—the ones that align with your field of inquiry, plus an RCR course:

  • Biomedical studies: Biomedical Research Course (and Good Clinical Practice for NIH funded research)
  • Social/behavioral studies: Social/Behavioral Research course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research: Social and Behavioral, Biomedical, or Administrators

Please also refer to our CITI Training Registration Guide (pdf)

Registering an account for CITI and human subjects training

If you were unable to sign in via the single sign on (SSO) process described earlier, please use the steps below to register for a CITI account. Please also refer to our CITI Training Registration Guide (pdf)

Step 1

Go to the CITI Program website. Select Register.

  • To select your organization affiliation, enter Washington State University.  This ensures that your certificate of completion will be sent to the WSU IRB.
  • Review and agree to the Terms of Service.
  • Click Continue to Step 2.

Step 2

Personal information

  • Enter your first and last name.
  • Enter and verify your WSU email address.
  • Enter and verify a second email address.
  • Click Continue to Step 3.

Step 3

Create your username and password

  • Create a username. Must be 4-50 characters, NOT case sensitive.
  • Create a password. Must be 8-50 characters, IS case sensitive.
  • Choose a security question and provide an answer that you will remember.
  • Click Continue to Step 4.

Step 4

Country of residence

  • Select your country of residence.
  • Click Continue to Step 5.

Step 5

Are you interested in the option of receiving Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit for completed CITI Program courses?

  • CEU registration is not required for WSU course training. Select No.
  • Click Continue to Step 6.

Step 6

Please provide the following information requested by Washington State University.

  • Continue to fill the selected fields.
  • When prompted, select your role in human subjects research from the drop down menu.
  • When prompted, select Which course do you plan to take?
  • Select either Basic Human Subjects—Biomedical or Basic Human Subjects—Social & Behavioral.  If you have completed the course previously, select the corresponding refresher course.
  • Click Continue to Step 7.

Step 7

To enable CITI to present the appropriate coursework for your needs, you will be asked a series of questions. Please read the questions carefully and provide the most appropriate answer.

  • Question 1: Select yes, confirming that you will be working with live human beings, human samples, or data derived from human beings. Also select “Yes, I need/want to take the course on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).”
  • Question 2: Indicate whether or not you have previously completed the basic course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.
  • Question 3: Select your learner group. Choose between Biomedical Research Investigators and Social & Behavioral Research Investigators.
  • Question 5: Select the RCR course that best fits your category of research: Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, OR, if you’re unsure, RCR for Administrators.
  • Question 6: The Good Clinical Practice course is only required for biomedical research investigators conducting NIH research. Otherwise select No, thanks.
  • Question 8: It will now ask if you wish to enroll in the IRB Chair or Institutional/Signatory Official, select Not at this time.
  • Finalize registration.

You should now be enrolled in the following course programs—the ones that align with your field of inquiry, plus an RCR course:

  • Biomedical studies: Biomedical Research Course (and Good Clinical Practice for NIH funded research)
  • Social/behavioral studies: Social/Behavioral Research course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research: Social and Behavioral, Biomedical, or Administrators

Each of these course programs fulfills training requirements.

Additional educational resources

The following resources may serve as a valuable adjunct to CITI training. However, they do not fulfill HRPP training requirements.

Questions?

Please contact the HRPP: irb@wsu.edu