Skip to Main Content
Mobile Menu


What is CITI?

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a web-based training program hosted by the University of Miami that offers training in human subjects research protections, animal care and use, biosafety, the responsible conduct of research, and export controls.

Why is CITI training required?

Mandatory CITI education fulfills Boise State University’s commitment to promote ethical conduct in all research projects, funded or unfunded. All investigators and certain key personnel on institutional compliance protocol applications must take the CITI training.

How do I access the CITI training?

To access the training modules, you must first register with CITI.


  • Go to the CITI homepage:
  • Click on, “Register” under Create an Account. DO NOT select “Log in through my institution.” Boise State does not yet have single-sign on capabilities with the CITI program
  • Type in “Boise State University” to search for your organization affiliation.
  • Complete additional registration steps 2-7.
  • When select your training curriculum, choose a group that is appropriate to your area of research. See below for more information.

You can also watch a video tutorial here.

Which training modules should I choose?

Choose the curriculum from the 5 available areas (“questions”) of training that best fit your research needs:

Human Subjects Research Training (IRB)
Required training for PIs, Co-PIs and applicable key personnel listed on IRB protocol applications. Select the learner group appropriate to your research activities.

• Biomedical Researchers
• Social & Behavioral Researchers

Do not select any “IRB Members ONLY” courses as these course are much longer and intended only for IRB committee members.

Animal Care and Use Training (IACUC)
Required training for all investigators and key personnel listed on IACUC protocol applications. Select the learner groups appropriate to your research activities.

• Investigators and Key Personnel (Do not select the “IACUC Members ONLY” option)
• Select the appropriate Species-Specific and Procedure Specific Electives.

Biosafety Training (IBC)
Required for all investigators and key personnel listed on IBC protocol applications. Select the learner groups appropriate to your research activities.

• Biosafety Essentials
• Bloodborne Pathogens
• Animal Biosafety
• Select Agents, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
• Institutional Biosafety Committee Member Training—Intended for IBC Committee members only

Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR)
RCR is NOT REQUIRED for investigators or key personnel listed on IRB, IACUC or IBC protocol applications. RCR modules are offered as investigators with federal funding (e.g. NIH, NSF) may be required to complete additional training. **THIS COURSE ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT FULFILL THE IRB, IACUC, or IBC TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROTOCOL SUBMISSIONS.**

• RCR for Biomedical Sciences
• RCR for Engineering
• RCR for Humanities
• RCR for Physical Sciences
• RCR for Social, Behavioral, and Educational (SBE) Sciences
• RCR for Research Administration

US Export Control Regulations
Should be taken by all researchers who perform research that: (1) contains restrictions on participation based on nationality; (2) involves proprietary technology or technical data which will not be published; (3) includes sponsor restrictions on publication; (4) includes sponsor prepublication review; or (5) will involve travel to a country outside of the United States. This training provides an overview of the United States Export Control regime, including the Department of Defense International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations, and the Office of Foreign Asset Controls country-based Sanctions Program and Specially Designated Nationals List.

For more information please visit the Boise State Export Controls website or contact John McDonald at 208-426-1252 or

How do I pass the training?

In order to successfully pass the training and receive your certification, you must score 80% or higher on each of your quizzes. You may retake these quizzes as many times as necessary to receive a passing score. Once you have successfully passed the quizzes you will receive a completion report. The ORC recommends that you print a copy of this report for your records.

How long is my certification valid?

Certification validation varies depending on selected courses.

Human Subjects Research/IRB


The CITI training is valid for three years. After three years, you will need to complete a “refresher course.” The refresher course will certify you for an additional three years. After the additional three years, you are permitted to take one more “refresher course,” certifying you for three more years. After 9 years, a basic course is required again.

Animal Care and Use/IACUC
The CITI training is valid for three years. There are no refresher courses for the IACUC modules; basic courses must be completed every three years.

The CITI training is valid for three years, except for the Bloodborne Pathogen course; this must be completed annuals. There are no refresher courses for the IBC modules; basic courses must be completed every three years.

There is no expiration for the Responsible Conduct of Research training modules.

Is the CITI training available in different languages?

Yes. The CITI training is available in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You can change the language through the drop down menu in the top left corner of every page.

What if I have more questions?

If you have questions about the Boise State CITI training requirements, contact the Office of Research Compliance, or 208-426-5401.

If you have technical issues with the CITI program, you can contact CITI administrators, or 305-243-7970 option 1.

With the Revised Common Rule in effect, do I need to retake any of my CITI IRB training?

You do not.  CITI simply updated their existing modules to reflect these changes.  Your current training is valid until your expiration.  Next time it is due, you will go through the revised modules.