Training Requirements

Swarthmore College subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a self-paced, online training program in human subjects research protections that provides content and quizzes relevant to the primary types of research conducted at Swarthmore.

Any Principal Investigator, Faculty Advisor, or key research personnel listed on a  research protocol submitted to the IRB is required to complete and submit a certificate of completion from the CITI "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators" course at the time of submission.  This certificate is valid 48 months from the date of completion.

To register and complete the training:

  1. Go to www.citiprogram.org
  2. Click on "Register", under "Create an Account"
  3. Under "Participating Institutions", select "Swarthmore College" and continue to step 2
  4. Provide your "Personal Information" and continue to step 3
  5. Create your username, password and provide a security question/ answer and continue to step 4
  6. Answer any of the required "Gender, Ethnicity and Race" questions and continue to step 5
  7. Answer the questions in step 5 and continue to step 6 (NOTE: you do not need to receive Continuing Education credit for CITI and it is up to you if you would like to opt into CITI research surveys)
  8. Answer the questions in step 6 and continue to step 7
    1. NOTE (in step 6):
      1. Question: "Role in human subjects research", select the response that will most often describe your role in research
      2. Question: "Which course do you plan to take":
        1. If it is your 1st time taking CITI, select: "Basic Human Subjects- Social & Behavioral Focus"
        2. If you are retaking the course, select: "Refresher Course- Social & Behavioral Research"
  9. Depending on your role, you are required to take different courses:
    1. If you are an IRB Committee Member, you should check the following, but you are only required to take the "IRB Members" and "Social and Behavioral Research Investigator" courses:
      1. Question 1: Check "IRB Members" and "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators"
      2. Question 2: Check "Physical Sciences/ Responsible Conduct Research Course"
    2. If you are a human subject researcher (student, faculty, staff) or a faculty advisor/ department chair signing off on any student human subject research (whether it is going through department review or IRB) you should check the following, but you are only required to take the "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators" course:
      1. Question 1: Check "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators"
      2. Question 2: Check "Physical Sciences/ Responsible Conduct Research Course"
  10. Decide if you need to "Affiliate with another institution" or "Finalize registration" (most will "finalize registration" here)
  11. You will then be prompted to validate your account by accessing the link sent to the email address you provided, then log in with your user name and password on the CITI website
  12. Once logged in, select "Swarthmore College Courses"
  13. Click any of the blue links under "Courses" to begin an individual course. There is a minimum passing grade of 70%. You may repeat any quiz for which you would like to improve you score and you may opt to complete the courses/ modules over several sessions if needed.
  14. Depending on your role, you should provide the IRB with your Completion Certificate the following way:
    1. If you are an IRB Committee Member, you are required to:
      1. Email your certificate to irb@swarthmore.edu (The IRB office will upload your certificate into IRB Manager)
      2. You should also save and/ or print your certificate for future records
    2. If you are a human subject researcher (student, faculty, staff) or a faculty advisor/ department chair signing off on any student human subject research (whether it is going through department review or IRB) you are required to take:
      1. Upload your certificate into IRB Manager
      2. You should also save and/ or print out your certificate for future records

*Required courses are only specific to what Swarthmore College and the IRB has chose to require. Sponsors of funded research may have additional requirements you must comply with (i.e., National Science Foundation (NSF) researchers are required to also complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training).