Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

CITI Training

California State University, Chico and Chico State Enterprises has several training programs available for our research community. Some trainings are required for compliance purposes. Others are offered to help our research community gain a deeper knowledge of research and grants. If you have questions about specific training modules, please contact Sharon Ruggirello at smruggirello@csuchico.edu.

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  • Human Subjects Research

    Who is required to complete ethics training?

    Ethics training is required for all Key Personnel. Key Personnel is defined as:

    1. Any Principal Investigator (PI), other investigators, and research personnel conducting human subjects that are (1) directly involved in conducting research (i.e., interacting and/or intervening) with human subjects; and/or (2) directly involved with handling private information and/or personally identifiable data related to human subjects during the course of a research project; or

    2. Chico State faculty and staff who oversee undergraduate or graduate student PIs in their conduct of human subjects research; or

    3. Collaborators from other institutions if Chico State serves as the IRB of record.

    Site-based supervisors (e.g., cooperating teachers, master teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, etc.) who are supervising or mentoring a student PI who is completing a site-based research project, but who are not involved in data analysis are exempt from CITI training requirements. Similarly, individuals who may provide or work with de-identified data are exempt from CITI training as long as they have no knowledge of or access to identified data. Individuals not classified as Key Personnel (e.g., administrators, department chairs) may elect to complete relevant CITI training courses. PIs are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all Key Personnel on their studies have met the CITI training requirement.

    What ethics training coursework is required?

    Depending on the nature of the research, Key Personnel who have not previously completed CITI training will be required to complete either the Basic Course in Biomedical Research (13 modules) or the Basic Course in Social & Behavioral Research (9 modules). Once started, Basic Courses can be saved and completed at one’s convenience. Basic Courses may take 1-2 hours to complete. In addition to the Required Modules, Supplemental Modules are available. PIs are encouraged to identify Supplemental Modules that are relevant to their research. CITI training certificates remain active for 3 years, after which Key Personnel are required to renew their training via the appropriate Refresher course (Biomedical Research or Social & Behavioral Research). Please note that additional CITI training (e.g., Responsible Conduct of Research) is required for Key Personnel affiliated with NIH- or NSF-sponsored projects or research funded by other agencies.

    Accessing CITI Training for IRB (PDF)

  • Vertebrate Animal Research

    Who is required to complete ethics training?

    Ethics training is required for all Key Personnel. Key Personnel is defined as:

    1. Any Principal Investigator (PI) as well as other investigators and research personnel that are directly involved in conducting research including interacting with, caring for, feeding, and handling animal subjects during the course of a research project.

    2. Chico State faculty and staff who oversee undergraduate or graduate students in their conduct of animal subjects research.

    3. Individuals not classified as Key Personnel (e.g., administrators, department chairs) may elect to complete relevant CITI training courses. Principal Investigators are ultimately responsible for ensuring that all Key Personnel on the study have met the CITI training requirements.

    What ethics training coursework is required?

    Key Personnel will answer a few questions about their research when they login to the CITI website that will guide their course selection. In addition to the Required Modules, Supplemental Modules are available. Principal Investigators are encouraged to identify Supplemental Modules that are relevant to their research. CITI training certificates remain active for 3 years, after which Key Personnel are required to renew their training via the appropriate Refresher course. Please note that additional CITI training (e.g., Responsible Conduct of Research) is required for Key Personnel affiliated with NIH- or NSF-sponsored projects or research funded by other agencies.

    Accessing CITI Training for IACUC (PDF)

  • Responsible Conduct of Research

    Training must be completed under the following circumstances:

    Projects Funded by NSF

    All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF funding, on a part-time or full-time basis, are required to complete RCR training. Training must be completed no more than ninety (90) days after a student, or postdoctoral researcher is hired to work on the project, and at least every four (4) years thereafter for the duration of the project.

    Projects Funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture

    All program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a NIFA-funded research project are required to complete RCR training. Principal Investigators and project directors must complete the training within 90 days after acceptance of funding. Any others (students/staff/postdocs/etc.) must complete the training within 90 days after they first participate in the research. A refresher course is required at least every 4 years thereafter for the duration of the project.

    Select NIH projects per solicitation/award guidelines

    Live training is required for all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by select NIH funding, on a part-time or full-time basis, are required to complete RCR training. Training must be completed no more than 90 days after a student, or postdoctoral researcher is hired to work on the project, and at least every 4 years thereafter for the duration of the project. The training plan must be provided to Chico State Enterprises (CSE). Since training will be live, the PI must provide appropriate evidence (agenda, sign-in-sheet, and/or certificates) to CSE.  However, if the RCR management plan includes online CITI training, then students must complete training on the CITI website in addition to live training.

    * Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course (basic/refresher)

    * Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course (basic/refresher)

    * Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers (basic/refresher)

    * Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators (basic/refresher)