CITI Certification Program

"University of Arizona research faculty, staff, advisors and students must complete the University of Arizona human subjects component of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program. The CITI certification is valid for a four-year period, after which time refresher training must be completed. It is recommended that a copy of the completion certificate is printed and maintained." (1)


  • All research personnel are required to use the CITI system for completion of their human subjects training.
  • Research personnel are required to update their training every four years in order to meet continuing education requirements.
  • Verification of Human Subjects Training Forms (VOTF) submitted for new projects, continuing review of existing projects, or personnel changes may not contain training dates more than four years old. NOTE: for purposes of being listed on the VOTF for the UACC Biospecimen Repository (Tumor Bank), you only need to take the Biomedical component.
  • All TACMASR employees have completed the CITI training and are listed on our VOTF.

To begin the CITI Training
To be able to log into the CITI system you will need to register with a user name and a password of your choosing (instructions for creating a CITI account). You can then log on as many times as needed to review all of the required modules and take the quizzes. You can complete the training a little at a time, or all at once. (You will be associated with the University of Arizona). This program also allows for collaborators, not affiliated with the University of Arizona, to take the training on-line so they can be part of your research team.

Who should be listed on the Verification of Training Form (VOTF)?
Any person who will be “engaged” in research should be listed on the VOTF. These individuals:

  • Intervene or interact with living individuals for research purposes, or
  • Obtain individually identifiable private information for research purposes.

Working with Native American Populations
In 2008, a required module was added to address issues specific to working with Native American populations.

  • Please READ THE DIRECTIONS carefully!
  • It is important to view the slide show AND read the three ensuing Case Studies BEFORE taking the quiz for the module – the quiz questions won’t make sense without background from the slide show and the case studies.
  • You may want to print out the slides and case studies to refer to as you take the quiz. The slide show contains 28 slides (4/page x 7 pages).
  • The tribes described are not Arizona tribes, but the concepts are global to all respecting all Native American cultures.

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