CITI Training for Human Research is required for everyone engaged in Human Research at Penn. This requirement extends to anyone listed as Principal Investigator, Other Investigator, Study Contact or Key Personnel within the HSERA application.

On your CITI Training Completion Report:

  1. The Curriculum Group must be "Human Research"
  2. The Learner Group must be one of the following:
  • Biomedical Research
  • Social/Behavioral Research
  • IRB Member
  • Students - Class projects

for example:

Other CITI courses (such as Good Clinical Practice or Responsible Conduct of Research) may be required by other departments as part of your role as a researcher within the University. The Penn IRB does not review or accept these trainings as part of the IRB approval process.

Please note: As of April 2, 2019 renewal of CITI training for Human Research is no longer required at Penn. This revision to eliminate the previous standard for renewal every 3 years aligns with external funding requirements as they relate to human subjects’ training (this includes the NIH, Department of Defense, etc.) Given that refresher training is not required to receive funding, the training requirements at Penn are now being revised to remove this additional element of burden after initial training is established.

Obtaining Appropriate CITI Training

Please download and follow these instructions if you need to obtain CITI training.

If you are having trouble with obtaining CITI training please contact IRBCITISupport@lists.upenn.edu

Obtaining updated CITI Certificate

Renewal of CITI training for Human Research is no longer required at Penn. For those who have already completed their CITI Training and would like an updated certificate or report of completion to reflect that it does not expire, please click here to download guidance.

If you are having trouble with obtaining CITI training please contact IRBCITISupport@lists.upenn.edu

Transferring CITI Training from Other Institutions

  • If you have completed CITI training for Human Subjects Research through another institution (i.e your completion report does not say "University of Pennsylvania" in the Institution Affiliation), your completion report will need to be assessed for module content prior to approval.
  • It is possible that you may be required to complete the Penn version in order to engage in research at Penn.
  • Please forward any training reports from other institutions to IRBCITISupport@lists.upenn.edu and ask for an assessment of your modules. The document provided must be a completion report with full list of included modules in order to be assessed (Certificates alone do not include sufficient information for this assessment) 
  • If the modules are appropriate the IRB CITI Support team can manually update your training in Knowledge Link to document reciept of initial training. Renewal will not be required once your training is accepted.

Problems with CITI Training

The CITI program and website is not managed by the University of Penn or the Penn IRB. If you cannot remember your username or password for the CITI training site or are having other technical issues with that site, you must contact the CITI Program Support Center - https://support.citiprogram.org/

If you do not select University of Pennsylvania as your affiliate institution when taking the training, your results will not feed into Penn systems. This may result in multiple individual requests for proof of training.

If you are having trouble with obtaining CITI training please contact IRBCITISupport@lists.upenn.edu