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Human Subjects Research Training

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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 for Human Subjects Research is used to satisfy training requirements. Click here to access the CITI Training Guide for instructions on registering and using the CITI training system. When registering, the responses to Items 1 and 2 under Step 7 in the instructions are critical to registering for the correct course. 

At the end of the training, a completion report and certificate will be issued.  Completion documentation 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 completion documentation.  

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, documentation of a previous completion of the Basic Course must also be included.  

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 documentation has been submitted.

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