Training on the Protection
of Human Research Participants
Instruction on the historical background, principles, and regulations that govern the protection of human research participants (HRPs) is important for understanding IRB activities and meeting ethical standards in the conduct of research that involves HRPs. At this time, the CGU IRB requires that every Principal Investigator and co-Principal Investigator submitting an application for review must submit certification of training in the ethical management of studies with HRPs as specified below (or a pre-approved equivalent) before the IRB application will be processed. We currently recommend and prefer that that all research personnel in contact with HRPs or with access to personally identifying data from HRPs should obtain the same training. Implementation of a requirement for submission of training certification for research personnel outside of project PI's is pending.
Online training in this domain, including certification that training has been completed successfully, should be obtained by registering and logging on to the CITI Program website:
If you are new to the CITI Program website, click REGISTER under Create an Account on the home page, then specify Claremont Graduate University as your affiliated subscriber organization, complete the registration process, and select Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher (ID: 73610) from the course menu. If you are conducting research with clinical biomedical populations, you should also complete the appropriate Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) course.
All of the CITI program online course modules are self-paced and may be interrupted and resumed. Training time varies depending on your prior preparation and other factors, usually entailing a couple of hours. There is no cost to CGU-affiliated applicants for the use of this site.
Training certification at the NIH site has been phased out in favor of the CITI Program training. For all new or renewal applications after June 1, 2016, NIH certification is no longer accepted.