Human Subjects Research Training

All investigators, key personnel, and faculty advisors are required to complete human subjects research training at least once every three years and provide a copy of training documentation to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) with all applications submitted for review.

EKU provides a subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training system,and the Basic Course is used to satisfy training requirements. Click here for instructions on registering and using the CITI training system. At the end of the training, a Completion Report will be issued. This document must be attached to the application at the time of submission for the principal investigator and all other key personnel. If the Principal Investigator is a student, the faculty advisor must also complete the training and attach a copy of his or her Completion Report.

Individuals must first complete the Basic Course; the Refresher Course is used only for recertification (every three years) of individuals who have previously completed the Basic Course and provided a completion report to the IRB. If a Refresher Course certificate is submitted to the IRB, the individual will be contacted and asked if they have completed the Basic Course at another institution and can furnish a copy of their completion report. If not, the individual will be asked to take the Basic Course and submit a copy of the completion report.

The initial training typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on each individual's familiarity with human subjects research regulations. Once an account is set up, individuals may complete the course modules in as many sessions as needed by simply logging in and resuming work on the course. IRB proposals are not reviewed until all required training completion reports have been submitted.

Certifications are valid for a period of three years, after which time investigators (including all key personnel and faculty advisors) must be recertified. If an expired certificate is submitted with a new protocol, the investigator and the individual whose certificate has expired will be contacted and asked to provide an updated education certificate.