Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course

All investigators, faculty advisors, research staff*, and IRB Board Members are required to have completed the appropriate CITI online training modules on Human Subject’s Protection.  The training is required to be taken every 4 years.  IRB applications will not be processed or reviewed until this requirement has been fulfilled.

Please use the visual guides provided below for reference on registering for the require CITI course:

Students, Faculty, Staff, and External

Question 1: Social & Behavioral Research Investigators, take the course entitled “Social and Behavioral Research – Basic/Refresher”. Biomedical Research Investigators, take the course entitled “Biomedical Research – Basic/Refresher”

New User – Human Subjects CITI Quick Visual Guide (pdf)

Return User – Human Subjects CITI Quick Visual Guide (pdf)

If you have taken a CITI training external to the University of Maine System (UMS), log into CITI and add an association with UMS.  Otherwise, provide a list of individual modules taken regarding human subject research.

In addition, so long as an approved protocol is active, investigators must also update their qualifications at least every 4 years. This qualification must be maintained in order for investigators to continue research activities.

If a member of the research staff * has completed CITI training with another university, institution, organization, etc. within the last 4 years, then a completion certificate must accompany the application. Please contact Research Compliance Administrator with questions at . Any training other than CITI will be considered on a case-by-case basis. HRPP 031 Education Requirements (pdf)

*research staff are considered to be persons who 1) obtain data about living individuals for research purposes through intervention or interaction with them; 2) obtain individually identifiable private information for research purposes; 3) obtain informed consent of human research participants.

Note: National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees are also required to take the Responsible Conduct in Research online training.

Cutler Institute /Muskie School of Public Service

The CITI Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) Course for Researchers is required for all Cutler Institute staff by January 1, 2020. 

The HIPS training is required annually, whether you work full or part-time, across all program areas. It is also required for any temporary and student staff members who will be accessing regulatory data. This includes faculty of the Muskie School that work under projects funded through Cutler.

If you have questions about whether this applies to you, please talk to Elizabeth Gattine, Cutler’s Security Coordinator. 

How do I access the CITI  training?

New User – HIPS CITI Quick Visual Guide (pdf)

Return User – HIPS CITI Quick Visual Guide (pdf)

IRB Protocol Review CITI Course

Although this CITI training is not required it is an excellent basic training of human subject research and submitting projects to the the Human Research Protection Program. Both the Social Behavioral and Biomedical Case Studies have merit to learn something. This is ideal for students in a basic research methods course. Question #10 when adding a course in CITI.

Asking the Right Questions for Effective Protocol Review – Biomedical Case Study

Asking the Right Questions for Effective Protocol Review – (Social Behavioral) SBE Case Study

IRB Regulatory Review Criteria

IRB Review of Informed Consent