All individuals seeking IRB approval for research proposals must submit a certificate of completion for the CITI program ethics training course. 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 included in the research protocol proposal (item #11) for all research team members involved in data collection, or with access to the data. All individuals must be recertified every three years. Please note: A valid NIH certificate will be accepted through August 2021.
CITI Program Ethics Training
In order to complete the online ethics training modules, please visit the CITI Program website: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/
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). Please see below for step-by-step instructions for CITI registration.
Step 1: Go to www.citiprogram.org and Click “Register” in the top right hand corner.
Step 2: Type in “University of Lynchburg” as the organization affiliation. Click to two check-boxes to agree to the terms of service and to affirm your affiliation with UL. Next, hit continue to create username/password.
Step 3: Enter First and Last Name and University of Lynchburg Email Address. Then click Continue.
Step 4: Create username, password, and security question and answer. Then click Continue.
Step 5: Select country of residence, then click Continue.
Step 6: Answer questions about Continuing Education (CEU) credits, if applicable. If not needed, select No and then click Continue.
Step 7: Select language preference and enter required information. Then click Continue.
Step 8: Select appropriate CITI Ethics course based on content area. Then click Continue.
Step 9: Click Finalize Registration to be taken to the course modules.
Step 10: Click View Courses