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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 either at Virginia Tech or at another institution, they can affiliate with Virginia Tech through their CITI account to transfer completed courses without retaking them.

Click on a topic below to learn more about the training provided by CITI in regards to human research protections.

As of January 21, 2019, Virginia Tech requires new investigators (including those formerly affiliated and now returning as an external collaborator) to complete the Virginia Tech-specific human subjects protection training via the CITI program. If you are currently affiliated with another institution that requires CITI training and already have a CITI account established, please log in and affiliate with Virginia Tech. Once you select the appropriate human subjects protection basic course (biomedical or social/behavioral/educational, depending on the focus of the research) all of the modules required by both Virginia Tech and your institution that you’ve completed previously should automatically populate and you will not need to re-take those modules. You will need to complete only the remaining modules required by Virginia Tech (if any).

If you have not previously used the CITI training program, please register on the CITI website and affiliate with Virginia Tech. Please see the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the CITI website at: www.citiprogram.org
  2. Select “Register” at the top right side of the screen
  3. For “Select Your Organization Affiliation”, search for “Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University”.
    NOTE: Please select the SSO option if you are a Virginia Tech faculty, staff, or student. Please do not select the option that has “SSO” at the end if you are a guest.
  4. Create your CITI Program Username/Password
  5. You will be asked a number of questions regarding courses that may apply to you.
  6. The first question, regarding Conflict of Interest, is required by all who will be completing federally funded research at Virginia Tech. Therefore, if this training is applicable and has not been completed then you will need to select this option and complete this training.
  7. Next, in Question 2, there are two courses listed that are bold “Basic Biomedical Research” and “Basic Social and Behavioral Research”. You will need to select one of the bold options in Question 2 to complete, depending on which one applies more to the research you will be conducting/participating in. These are the courses that meet the training requirement for Virginia Tech, therefore you will need to complete one of them.
  8. Questions 3-7 can be answered based on the type of research you will be doing and what is required from your department or study.
  9. Complete the Human Subjects Research Basic Course (either biomedical and/or social/behavioral/educational, depending on the focus of the research)
  10. Select the option to share your completion information, as this allows the CITI program to automatically send the completion information to the Virginia Tech IRB Protocol Management system
  11. If the share option described above does not automatically updated your profile, please send a copy of your CITI completion report as an e-mail attachment to irb@vt.edu

If you have previously used CITI, you will need to affiliate with Virginia Tech and select the appropriate courses. Please see steps below to affiliate and add course(s):

To add Virginia Tech affiliation:

  1. Log-in to your existing CITI account.
  2. At the top of the page, under "Welcome, [your name]", there is an option that states "Add Institutional Affiliation".
  3. Once you have selected "Add Institutional Affiliation", begin typing "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)"
  4. Agree to terms of service.
  5. Affirm affiliation.
  6. Continue

***Please ensure that your email address used in CITI is the same email address used for your Virginia Tech Protocol Management account***

To add courses (the underlined portion shows which courses meet the requirements):

  1. When you log-in to Citi, there is a tab at the top that says “Courses”. Please select Virginia Tech from the drop down menu. If you scroll down, there is an option that states “Add a course”.
  2. You will be asked a number of questions regarding courses that may apply to you.
  3. The first question, regarding Conflict of Interest, is required by all who will be completing federally funded research at Virginia Tech. Therefore, if this training is applicable and has not been completed then you will need to select this option and complete this training.
  4. Next, in Question 2, there are two courses listed that are bold “Basic Biomedical Research” and “Basic Social and Behavioral Research”. You will need to select one of the bold options in Question 2 to complete, depending on which one applies more to the research you will be conducting/participating in. These are the courses that meet the training requirement for Virginia Tech, therefore you will need to complete one of them.
  5. Questions 3-7 can be answered based on the type of research you will be doing and what is required from your department or study.

 

  • 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 you want to improve a score on a quiz, you may repeat any quiz that you 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 your records as evidence that you have met the Virginia Tech requirements. A copy will be sent automatically to the Virginia Tech CITI administrator. You may return to the course site in the future to obtain a copy of the completion report. The My Reports page will allow you to access any completion reports you have earned.

  • You may submit an anonymous user satisfaction survey at the end of the course if you wish.

Technical issues should be addressed to support@citiprogram.org or to 888-529-5929.

Questions regarding your requirements should be addressed to the Virginia Tech Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at irb@vt.edu.