IRB Education & CITI

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop a web based training program in human research subjects protections. In response to the June 2000 education policy announcement, the collaboration was expanded to include content experts from 10 institutions who provided the content for the first 12 biomedical modules. In addition to the "Basic" content, the CITI model provides the opportunity for institutions to post additional instructional materials specific to their institution.

The first version of the CITI Course in The Protection of Human Research Subjects, hosted at the University of Miami, was rolled out to the participants on September 3, 2000. In December 2000, the CITI Course site was made available to institutions by subscription.  

As of January 2008, the Kessler Foundation's IRB has required that all participants in IRB-approved studies obtain certification by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) by passing the CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Researchers should contact the IRB office for instructions on how to access the CITI web-based course. CITI certification is provided for a three year period; investigators will be reminded by CITI 90 days before their anniversary date and will be required to renew their certification at that time.

When you are ready to proceed with the Mandatory Training Program, please follow the below instructions and register at the CITI website.

CITI Program Instructions (PDF)