Human Subjects Training

Last updated on July 28, 2016 5 min read Working with Human Subjects - Human Subjects Training

The Charles River Campus (CRC) IRB requires all individuals involved in human subjects research to complete training in human subjects protection via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program which must be completed by both the Principal Investigator and all study staff listed on the protocol before the protocol can be approved. This training includes an initial certification course and subsequent recertification every three years.

Who is required to take the training?


  • All study staff with human subjects’ responsibilities (interactions/interventions with study participants, or access to their identifiable data, images, biospecimens) are required to complete this CITI training.

Not Required

  • BU CRC Staff who are performing their non-research job responsibilities (e.g., radiology technicians, phlebotomists, physical therapists, etc.). These individuals are not considered research personnel if they will be conducting the same services/practices that they conduct in their day-to-day jobs.
  • Investigators not affiliated with BU who are collaborating with BU investigators on a BU research study, and who will be covered under the review of their own IRB.

Training Requirements

All study staff must complete one of the following courses:

•  Human Subjects Protection Training: Social and Behavioral Focus
•  Human Subjects Protection Training: Biomedical Focus

CITI Training Instructions

For instructions with screenshots, please click here.

Course Modules

*Please note that it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure that all study staff have completed the required training and that it is up to date.

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