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Required Training

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers and study team members who conduct human subject research must complete required training before OPRS/IRB will approve a project.

The University of Miami Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) is an interactive set of modules designed to improve knowledge of the Common Rule and other human subject research regulations. 

UIUC requires the CITI “Core IRB Training” module for all individuals engaged in human subject research. For all researchers and study staff, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will honor a valid training certificate for three (3) years from the date of completion. After three years, training will need to be repeated. 

How to Complete CITI Training

Via OVCRI Training Portal

  1. Go to the OVCRI website, and select “Training Login” in the upper right corner.

  2. Login to the OVCRI Training Portal using your NetID.

  3. In the lefthand menu, select “Training Library”.

  4. Use the Search box and search for “Core IRB Training”.

  5. Click on the button for “Take Training Online”. This will take you directly to the CITI website.

  6. View Courses associated with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  7. Use the Add Course option at the bottom of the page.

  8. For Question 1, select Core IRB Training.  All other courses are optional, you can choose any you would like to take, or select “Submit” at the bottom of the page.  

  9. You will now be able to start the course.

Via CITI Program website

  1. Go to

  2. Select “Login through my organization” and select “University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign” from search box.

  3. Use the “Continue to SSO Login” and you will login using your NetID through UIUC.

  4. Midway down the page is a section Institutional Courses ensure you have University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign listed as an affiliation.

  5. Select “View Courses”.

  6. If you do not have Core IRB Training listed as a course available, select “Add a course” at the bottom of the page.

  7. For Question 1, select Core IRB Training.  All other courses are optional, you can choose any you would like to take, or select “Submit” at the bottom of the page.  

  8. You will now be able to start the course.

NIH Training Requirements

NIH requirement: All NIH investigators who receive funding, including new awardees, and those who receive continuing or competing renewals for projects involving human subjects, must provide a description of education completed in the protection of human subjects for each individual identified as "key personnel" in the proposed research.

Key personnel: All individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study are considered "key personnel." This may include personnel from subcontractor institutions, consultants, fellowship applicants, and training grant trainees if they are involved in the design and conduct of research involving human subjects. Individuals do not necessarily have to be paid on the NIH award to be considered "key personnel" if they are involved in the design and conduct of the study.

Frequently asked questions: Consult the NIH Web site for answers to frequently asked questions.

Competing proposals and competing renewals: Just-in-time procedures will be followed. If a proposal is in a fundable range, NIH will request a letter documenting education (see below) and IRB approval. These will need to be provided before an award can be issued.

Noncompeting renewals: A statement should be included in the annual progress report identifying key personnel for purposes of the education requirement along with a description of the education completed (see below).

Meeting the training requirement: NIH will permit several options to satisfy the training requirement.

  • NIH has an intramural Web-based training program (the link was broken on the IRB website) that is medically oriented but presents basic information on the ethics of human subject research. It provides a certification of completion.
  • For subcontracts and consultants, completion of either a training program at their home institution or completion of the Urbana campus training module will be sufficient. Principal investigators should maintain documentation of completion.
  • Other organized educational programs are acceptable to NIH (see their Web site), but it will be the principal investigator's responsibility to maintain documentation of content and completion by all key personnel.

Letter to NIH documenting training: The principal investigator should prepare a letter with the following format:

"In compliance with NIH Notice OD-00-039, the required education in the protection of human subjects has been completed by the key personnel listed below. The description of the education that each named personnel received is also included."

The principal investigator must sign the letter and submit it with other material required for a proposal renewal or award to Illinois Office of Grants and Contracts. The required institutional signature will be coordinated through that office.