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CITI Certification

  • In addition to HSRB approval, for departments that use CITI as part of the training in ethics and Responsibility for Conducting Research, it is necessary to take the "ethics in research" tutorial and certification through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative), whether your work with humans is exempt or not. Sample tutorials are shown below to help you train your student researchers and to help you assess whether your work is categorized as "research." See the last bullet point below about HOW to take or add CITI courses to your CITI account. You'll get a notice to take the ethics refresher CITI tests near your 3-year expiration date. New researchers take the BASIC Social and Behavioral course. If your research is biomedically related, take the Biomedical course. Everyone should take the Responsibly Conducting Research course. Continuing researchers take the Refresher courses.
  • Click here to read the rationalization for the CITI tutorials and tests and to read more about exemptions. Taking the CITI tutorials is Hope College's active attempt to prevent any unanticipated problems/violations that have to be reported to the federal government and could shut down your research and/or could threaten all research at Hope College.
  • Some Hope staff have already taken their ethics training through the Cancer Institute (CI), which the HSRB deems as equivalent to CITI's training. Your training is good for 3 years. Submit proof of training (from CITI or the CI) along with your application to the HSRB. If we already have your certificate on file, note the date you completed your training on your HSRB application. When you take your refresher course in three years, please take the CITI course unless doing so violates other regulations that you are under.
  • Teachers who want their students to only read certain parts of the CITI tutorial, can have their students click on the relevant tutorials below to see the material. Being "certified" means that a person has clicked on the CITI link, registered with Hope College, and successfully completed all tutorials and tests related to his/her discipline. Then CITI will notify Hope College and the person completing the test that the test taker is "certified."
  • How do I take the CITI tests? Click here to go to the CITI Login and Registration Page. Enroll with your Hope College email address, add relevant courses. Social Behavioral Research is a must for all, as is Responsible Conduct of Research. People with Biomedical interest add more. Read and take the tests at your leisure, stop and start as needed. Once you pass, Hope College is notified. If you are looking to add and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) tutorials, go to CITI, login, click on Add A Course, add RCR.

    When you enter a proposal in the HSRB system, you will need to type in your date of completion. If you have collaborators, their names and CITI completion dates are to be entered too. Faculty are responsible for training their student researchers with CITI training and keeping a paper copy of their own and their students’ CITI completion certificates.

    Some of the topics covered in CITI training modules are listed below:

    • History and Ethical Principles
    • Defining Research with Human Subjects
    • Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Research
    • Informed Consent
    • Privacy and Confidentiality
    • HIPAA and Human Subject Research (Biomedical research)
    • Social and Behavioral Research for Biomedical Researchers
    • Research in Public Elementary & Secondary Schools (FERPA law)
    • Research with Children
    • What Every HSRB Member Should Know
    • Internet Research