Training for Human Subjects Research
Virginia Tech’s Human Research Protection program uses industry standard training required at peer universities and federal research institutions. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training is transferrable and meets requirements for collaborative or multi-site studies. If a researcher has previously taken CITI human protections training at Virginia Tech or at another institution, they can affiliate with Virginia Tech through their CITI account to transfer completed courses without retaking them.
The trainings that meet the Virginia Tech Human Research Protection Program training requirement are the Basic-Biomedical OR the Basic-Social and Behavioral course. These are the only courses that meet the initial training requirement.
The researcher should not complete the refresher option if previously taken the Basic course.
The following courses DO NOT meet the Human Research Protection Program training requirement:
- Refresher courses without a previous Basic course
- Responsible Conduct of Research (any variation)
- Conflict of Interest
- Good Clinical Practice
For questions or unsure which course to complete, email firstname.lastname@example.org before completing any courses.
Details on human research protections training provided by CITI:
- The minimum "passing" score for the quizzes has been set by Virginia Tech at 80%.
- A running tally is compiled in the Grade Book. If a researcher wants to improve a score on a quiz, they may repeat any quiz that they didn't score 100% correct. Scores obtained after a completion report has been issued will not be reflected on the completion report.
- Print or download a Completion Report for records as evidence that the Virginia Tech requirements have been met. A copy will be sent automatically to the Virginia Tech CITI administrator. In the future, to obtain a copy of the completion report, return to the course site. The My Reports page will allow the researcher to access any completion reports earned.
- The researcher may submit an anonymous user satisfaction survey at the end of the course if they wish.