CITI FAQs

  1. Which CITI course should be completed for human subjects research at GW?
  2. CITI Completed at another Institution?
  3. Need to take CITI for your program or to graduate?
  4. CITI Technical Questions?
  5. How can I Request CITI Completion Reports?
  6. I Forgot my CITI Username or Password.
  7. How Often do I need to renew CITI?

Which CITI courses should be completed for human subjects research at GW?

All researchers must complete either the Social & Behavioral Research OR Biomedical Investigators “Basic Course." 

You should select the basic course that is relevant to your research. For example, biomedical research includes studies designed primarily to increase the scientific base of information about normal or abnormal physiology and development and studies primarily intended to evaluate the safety, effectiveness or usefulness of a medical product, procedure or intervention. All CITI courses are found on the CITI website.

(Note: The Responsible Conduct of Research Modules do not satisfy these training requirements)

Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) training is required for any research team members who are obtaining, viewing, or otherwise handling Protected Health Information (PHI) (e.g., reviewing medical records).

Data and Specimens training may be completed instead of Social & Behavioral Research OR Biomedical Investigators basic course IF the researcher's only activity is data or specimen analysis or handling and there is no direct interaction with subjects. 

All courses can be found on the CITI website after creating and affiliating an account with GW.

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CITI completed at another Institution?

If you have taken CITI training or some other form of human subject protections training at another institution, please submit documentation of training to OHR. We will review the completed training, when it was last completed, and if it meets GW training requirements.

If CITI training was completed through another institution, we recommend that you “Affiliate” your CITI account with GW to enable GW OHR staff to view your completed training directly.

Please note, that because every institution can design their CITI modules differently all course work does not always transfer over, and could make it appear as though your courses are incomplete.  It will be best to keep the completion reports from your original institution saved and submit them with any IRB paper work you plan to submit to our office even after affiliating with GW.

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Need to take CITI for your program or to graduate?

OHR does not track program CITI requirements for CEs, Practica, or Graduation, you will need to contact your department to determine which course(s) you will need to take.

OHR ONLY determines if the CITI requirements have been met for researchers involved in human subjects research that is under the purview of The George Washington University IRBs.

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CITI Technical Questions?

For technical questions regarding the CITI webpage, please contact the CITI support desk at 888-529-5929 or support@citiprogram.org or follow the links below for assistance.

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How can I Request CITI Completion Reports?

It is the responsibility of the PI and research staff to keep track of CITI completion reports. These reports can be obtained by selecting the "Print Completion Report" button found when viewing your completed courses.

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I Forgot my CITI Username or Password.

If you have forgotten your username or password, please contact the CITI Support Desk.

If you have affiliated your account with GW, the OHR staff will be able to view your username and password.  Do NOT create a new account!

CITI Support Desk: 888-529-5929 or support@citiprogram.org

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How Often do I need to renew CITI?

To participate in ongoing research activities, the Social& Behavioral Research Basic, Biomedical Investigators Basic, or Data and Specimens module(s) must be renewed every 2 years by taking the corresponding Refresher Course.  Initial IRB approvals, modifications, renewals and other mid-research submissions will not be approved without verification of up-to-date researcher training.

Health Information Privacy & Security (HIPS) training does not require renewal.

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