Training

Training for Research with Human Subjects

Human subjects' training must be renewed every three years, i.e., before the three-year anniversary of the investigator's most recent human subjects in research training. The online refresher course provided by CITI takes approximately one hour to complete. The completion report for the refresher will be due at the time of expiration. CITI provides a 30, 60, and 90 day reminder on expiration dates. Once an investigator's training has expired, any approvals or exemptions will be withdrawn until training is updated.

Initial and continuing reviews require an up-to-date study personnel form in which you will list all the personnel on the project and their CITI completion dates. Completion records of all study personnel should be maintained by the principal investigator and are subject to periodic inspection. Follow the steps below to sign up for the CITI course:

  • Step 1: Go to www.citiprogram.org
  • Step 2: Select "New Users"
  • Step 3: Participating Institutions: Texas A&M University
  • Step 4: Create a username and password
  • Step 5: Enter your name
  • Step 6: Enter email address
    • When you set up or update your CITI account information, the email used needs to match the email address in My Assistant information in iRIS. CITI allows two email addresses to be given in case a researcher wants an additional email used.
  • Step 7: Complete contact information fields:
    • 1. Course in the Protection of Human Subjects: Select Group 2: Social and Behavioral Research for Investigators and Key Study Personnel
    • Skip 2. The CITI Lab Animal Welfare Course
    • Select "no" unless you are working with an additional university

    Belmont Report

    All principal investigators and co-investigators are required to read and adhere to the principles contained in the Belmont Report, “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.”

    CITI Online Refresher Course

    Follow the steps below to sign up for the CITI Refresher Course:

    • Step 1: Go to www.citiprogram.org
    • Step 2: Log in with username and password
    • Step 3: Under "My Courses," enter the course entitled "Human Research"
    • Step 4: Complete the "Integrity Assurance Statement"
    • Step 5: Completing the "Integrity Assurance Statement" will allow entrance into each required module:
      • "How to Complete the CITI Refresher Course and Receive the Completion Report"
      • "Refresher Course 101 Introduction"
      • Modules 1-5


    The course may be re-taken as many times as necessary to obtain a 90 percent average overall. Investigators can re-enter the modules with their lowest score and re-take the associated quizzes to reach a score of 90 percent.

    The Human Subjects Protection Program provides educational resources and training opportunities for those involved in human subjects' research. Faculty can arrange for class presentations to discuss ethics, the history of human subjects research, and/or the application process. To schedule a presentation, please contact the HSPP office at 979.458.4067 or irb@tamu.edu.