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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

CITI courses are intended to provide researchers (faculty, staff, and students) with an overview of human subjects research and protections.  The CITI training is the minimum requirement for researchers who are submitting materials for IRB review.  Basic course trainings are valid for 3 years from completion.

Are you new to the CITI program?

Click on the box below for step-by-step instructions on registering for the training.

1.  Go to the CITI website ( and register as a new user. 

2.  To complete CITI training, you must be affiliated with a participating institution.  Please select "Metropolitan State University of Denver" from the participating institutions dropdown list.

3.  You will need to create a user name and password.  Keep track of this information as it will allow you to log in and out of the program and complete the training modules at your own pace.

4.  The program will ask you if you will be requesting CME/CEU credits for the course(s) you are about to complete.  Choose "No" for this question, so the training is free.

5.  Fill out all the required fields, including your institutional email address (

6.  When you select your curriculum, in Question 1 for Human Subjects Research learner groups (see below), most researchers at MSU Denver are conducting social and behavioral research and should select that learner group. 

If you have any questions on the type of research you may be conducting and what CITI training modules would best apply to your studies, please contact the HSPP.

7.  For ALL other questions under the curriculum choices (Questions 2- 6), select "Not at this time" or simply leave the choices unchecked when "Not at this time" is not an option. 

Please Note: Researchers are welcome to add and complete other courses and training in the CITI program, but only the basic course in Human Subjects Research is required for IRB submissions.  Once you register for the CITI program, you can always change learner groups or additional modules later.  This is helpful for researchers who may need to complete additional training in CITI for other MSU Denver offices or programs. It is recommended that ALL researchers complete a Responsible Conduct of Research course which includes a training module on Conflicts of Interest.

8.  The program will ask you if you want to register with another institution (besides Metropolitan State University of Denver), please select "No."

9.  The Basic Course should appear under your course list in the Main Menu.  Follow the link to access the individual modules.  The Main Menu will show you the status of the training and allow you to access a completion report when the training is complete.  You may log out of the training at any time and the program will keep track of the modules you have already completed. The optional modules are optional and do not count towards your completion report.

10.  Once you have completed all the required modules in the training (including quizzes), you will be granted a completion report.   The CITI basic course training is valid for 3 years.  

As a courtesy, the CITI program will alert you to expiring training via email and provide access to a refresher course as you near the expiration date. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that the required training is complete and current when submitting to the IRB and conducting human subjects research.

Accessibility:  According to the CITI Program website, the course modules are compatible to screen readers.  In addition to English, many of the courses are available in the following languages: Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.

Who needs to complete the required training?

The Principal Investigator and ALL research personnel involved with human subjects in your study. This includes any researcher who:

  • obtains information about living individuals by intervening or interacting with them for research purposes;
  • obtains identifiable private information about living individuals for research purposes;
  • obtains the voluntary informed consent of individuals to be subjects in research; and/or
  • is studying, interpreting, or analyzing identifiable private information or data for research purposes.

For research teams that involve external investigators (from other institutions or community members), the PI may provide alternate, comparable training for HSPP consideration.

CITI Human Subjects Research Learner Groups for MSU Denver include:

Social & Behavioral Research Investigators:  This Human Subjects Research basic course is required for all members of a research team when submitting a social-behavioral research protocol to the MSU Denver Institutional Review Board.  MOST researchers at MSU Denver fall into this learner group.

Biomedical Research Investigators: This Human Subjects Research basic course is required for all members of a research team when submitting a biomedical research protocol (e.g., clinical trial, drugs, devices) to the MSU Denver Institutional Review Board.

Research with Biomedical Data or Laboratory Specimens ONLY: This Human Subjects Research basic course is required for all members of a research team when submitting a protocol involving data repository or laboratory specimen research to the MSU Denver Institutional Review Board.

IRB Members:  These training modules are required for all members of the Institutional Review Board.

CITI Training Affiliation

Please Take Note: As you register for the CITI program, make sure your affiliation is with "Metropolitan State University of Denver" and not simply "Metropolitan State University." 

If you are not associated with the correct institution, you cannot access MSU Denver's required training modules.

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