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Human Subjects Review Program

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

The University's Federalwide Assurance (FWA) requires all principal investigators and co-investigators to complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) before receiving approval for and conducting human subjects research. The HSRC also requires faculty sponsors overseeing student research to complete the RCR training.

If research is being funded by NSF or NIH, additional RCR training may be required (see additional CWU Policy and Procedures CWUP 5-90-070 and CWUR 2-30-010). Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for more details.

Transition to CITI program training

In AY 2016-17, the HSRC transitioned to the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program for required training in human subjects research.  Recertification is required every 5 years.

Investigators who completed HSRC's RCR training more than 5 years ago must complete the CITI program training before receiving final approval of new or continuing research protocols.

CITI certification from investigators who completed human subjects training within the past 5 years at another institution may be accepted at the discretion of the HSRC Administrator.  However, a copy of the certificate listing the completed modules must first be emailed to

It is strongly recommended that investigators and faculty sponsors complete the CITI program regardless of neither having nor overseeing an active protocol or whose certification is current under the previous training program.


CITI Program Online Training

1. Log in at the link below using your CWU credentials.

2. In the registration process, 'add a course' depending on the following:

Student Practicum. Students completing the RCR for a class assignment or course-related project should answer affirmatively in question 2 and 'not at this time' for all the other questions.  This training is designed for students whose research will not be presented outside the classroom.

All other persons must choose which learner group applies to your role in human subjects’ research in question 3.  If you have more than one role, you need to go back to the main menu and 'add a course' for the other learner group.

3. The amount of time to complete the training depends on your learner group.  You may complete the tutorial in more than one session.

4. You must achieve an average score of at least 80% on all quizzes to proceed through each module and successfully complete the training.  Depending on your learner group, there are required, electives and supplemental modules to complete.  All groups have required modules; researchers/investigators must choose 3 electives relevant to their research; supplemental modules are optional and available for all learner groups to expand their knowledge.

Click here to link to the on-line tutorial.



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