Training Requirements

Federal regulations require that key personnel in research involving human subjects undergo training. Key personnel are all individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study. All members of the research team are expected to complete training prior to conducting any activities involving human subjects research. The IRB will not approve protocols in which study personnel do not have current, completed, and appropriate human subjects training.

Please note that training must be appropriate for the study design. HSPP requires all studies conducting FDA-regulated research or projects accessing medical records to complete the Biomedical Research Investigators Basic Course. For non-FDA regulated studies and projects not accessing medical records, HSPP will accept either the Biomedical or the Social Behavioral human subjects research training courses. 

  • Both training courses include the Native American Research Module, which is required training for all University of Arizona researchers.
  • Both CITI certificates are valid for four (4) years, after which refresher training must be completed.
  • Please keep a copy of your training certificate for your records.

Banner Human Subjects Training is accepted for all Banner employees; however, if the project involves Native Americans, the UA Native American Module will also need to be completed in addition to the Banner training.

If you are affiliated with the University of Arizona and have a CITI account, you may log in directly to CITI through the SSO.

Please follow the instructions below to complete the required training:

  1. Go to
  2. If you do not have a CITI account:
    • Click Register.
    • Under 'Select your Organization Affiliation', click University of Arizona.
    • You'll be directed to log in through the SSO system using your UA NetID and password.
  3. If you do have a CITI account:
    • Click Log in.
    • Click Log in through my Organization.
    • Select University of Arizona from the list of institutions. 
    • You'll be directed to log in through the SSO system using your UA NetID and password.
  4. You will need to select Human Subjects from the CITI enrollment web page and click Next.
  5. Select the Biomedical Research BASIC Course or Social & Behavioral Research BASIC Course, depending on the type of research being done. Note that both of these courses also include the Native American Research module, which is required training for all researchers.
  6. Click Submit.

You will be issued a training report after you complete the training program. The HSPP recommends that you print and keep a copy for your records. CITI training records may also display in the University of Arizona EDGE Learning system

Investigators who have completed CITI IRB training at another institution can link their training records with the University of Arizona by completing the steps outlined below:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Register in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Click LOG IN THROUGH MY ORGANIZATION and select University of Arizona.
  4. Log in with UA credentials.
  5. Click already have citiprogram account and log in with CITI credentials.
  6. Select courses as applicable and then click Submit.
  7. A table will be displayed listing the course(s) you are enrolled in. 
  8. Complete any modules that were not previously completed at your prior institution but are required by the University of Arizona. 

The CITI certificate is valid for four (4) years, after which refresher training must be completed. You should receive an email 90 days before your training will expire. Once received, follow the instructions to complete the refresher courses. 

Completion of the GCP for Clinical Trials involving Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices course is mandatory for Principal Investigators overseeing a clinical trial who do not hold a medical license.

In addition, all research coordinators listed on these protocols must complete the Clinical Research Coordinator course. The HSPP will confirm completion of this training for all members of the study team that will be directly involved with research participants.

For assistance with either creating an account or using the SSO system, contact the HSPP. If you are having technical difficulties in signing up or in navigating the CITI Program website, please visit the CITI Program Support web page. For more information about HSPP training requirements, please review our handout: 

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