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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.



The HSRC uses the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program for required training in human subjects research.  Recertification is required every 5 years.

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

CITI training for all research personnel and faculty sponsors must be completed before submitting your application through IRBManagerIRBManager recognizes CITI training based on your CWU email address.  System updates are done overnight.

NOTE: If your CITI training is not recognized in IRBManager, there are two possible reasons:

  • You are attempting to submit an application through IRBManager on the same day that you completed CITI training;
  • You used a non-CWU email address when completing CITI training.  You must change your email address in CITI to match your CWU email address.


CITI Program 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 access the on-line tutorial.



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