All individuals seeking IRB approval for research proposals must submit a certificate of completion for an ethics training course from either NIH or CITI. This certificate should be included in the research protocol proposal. In order for the certificate to be valid, the course completion date on the certificate must be within three years. A valid certificate of completion must be submitted for all research team members involved in data collection, or with access to the data. All individuals must be recertified every three years.
CITI Program Ethics Training
In order to complete the online ethics training modules, please visit the CITI Program website:
The training will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete, depending upon your reading speed, familiarity level with research ethics, and number of modules being completed.
If you are a returning user, please login with your username and password. If you have not done so already, you will need to add an affiliation to the University of Lynchburg.
If you do not have an account, you will need to register by creating a username and password (registration is free for those affiliated with the University of Lynchburg).
After successfully completing and passing the modules on protection of human research participants, please keep a copy of the certificate of completion on file for three years.
ALL researchers will need to include a copy of the certificate at the end of the research protocol proposal.