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Boise State uses the CITI Program to deliver online training for its research compliance programs:

  • Animal Care and Use
  • Biosafety
  • Export Controls
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

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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.

Does a learner have to pay to take the CITI training?


How does a learner access the CITI training?

To access the training modules, the learner must first register with CITI.  Step by step guidance is available in the CITI Registration Job Aid.

Which training modules should a learner choose?

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

QUESTION 1 – 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.

QUESTION 2 – 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.

QUESTION 3 – 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
• USDA Permits

QUESTION 4 – 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 to investigators with federal funding (e.g. NIH, NSF) may be required to complete additional training.

This course 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

QUESTION 5 – 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 can a learner add their Boise State ID number to an existing account?

Boise State is transitioning to a electronic protocol modules within InfoEd and moving towards pulling in CITI completion records for each person.  The link between the applications is the Boise State ID number so this must be included in everyone’s CITI Boise State profile.  Step by step instructions are in this job aid.

How does a learner pass the training?

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

How long is a learner's certification valid?

Certification validation varies depending on selected courses.

Human Subjects Research/IRB

The CITI training is valid for three years. After three years, the learner will need to complete a “refresher course.” The refresher course will certify the learner for an additional three years. After the additional three years, the learner permitted to take one more “refresher course,” certifying them 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 annually. 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. A learner can change the language through the drop down menu in the top left corner of every page.

More questions?

Questions about the Boise State CITI training requirements can be sent to the respective committee email address or or 208-426-5401.

Technical questions or issues with the CITI program, contact CITI administrators at or 305-243-7970 option 1.

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

No. CITI simply updated their existing modules to reflect these changes.  Current training is valid until the expiration.  Next time it is due, the learner will go through the revised modules.

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