Online CITI Research Training

All individuals conducting human subjects research are required to pass an online research training course. This includes not only the principal investigator but also all co-investigators, research technicians, research assistants, or student assistants who have contact with the research participants or identifiable data.

A course completion report will be issued upon completion of either course. The report must be submitted with the protocol materials. The reports are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. Certificates that expire before the 1-year protocol approval period will not be accepted for review.

The CITI course at is recommended for social/behavioral/educational researchers because of the elective modules which may be tailored to your own field of study. 

CITI is free for SFSU students, faculty, and staff. For first time users, please select "Register" at the CITI homepage and on the following screen, enter "San Francisco State University" for the Organization Affiliation. 

Please note: The Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course does not fulfill this requirement. Please select Social/Behavioral Research Course or Basic Human Subjects - Social/Behavioral Focus

Please note that we will not be accepting NIH training certificates as of 9/26/18 since NIH is retiring their online trainings. For all new IRB submissions, please complete the CITI training course at

For those who have protocols approved with NIH trainings in the past, you will need to update your human subjects research trainings through CITI program by August 1, 2019. The IRB requires current (not expired) completed human subjects training certificates for IRB approvals.