IRB Human Subjects Training Requirements

Weill Medical College of Cornell University (WCMC) requires that researchers and research staff engaged in human subjects research complete specialized training in human subjects protections regardless of the funding source.

WCM currently utilizes the CITI platform of courses. You may access all available CITI courses offered by WCM at https://www.citiprogram.org.

Please e-mail the IRB office at irb@med.cornell.edu or call 646-962-8200 with any comments or questions.

Getting Started

Please Read These Instructions Carefully

The CITI program is completely web-based and can be accessed by any researcher anywhere in the world with internet access.

  1. Go to https://www.citiprogram.org.
  2. Click on the Register tab to create a new account.
  3. Select Your Organization Affiliation. WCM is listed as “Weill Cornell Medical College” and will appear when the word “Weill” is typed. Click on this and AGREE to the Terms of Service. Skip the section for Independent Learner Registration. Continue to step 2.
  4. You will be asked for your name and email address. Please use your WCM email. You may or may not choose to add a secondary email address. Continue to step 3.
  5. You will be asked to supply a username, password, and security question and answer. When choosing a username, we suggest you use the first 7 figures in your WCM email address (e.g. abc2001@med.cornell.edu would be abc2001). Non-WCM users or those without a WCM email address should use a unique username. Continue to step 4.
  6. You will be asked your country of residence. Continue to step 5.
  7. If you are interested and eligible for Continuing Education Unit Credit (CEU) you must answer “Yes” here. You cannot obtain Credits after you start your course if you have chosen “No” at this step. Continue to step 6.
  8. Here you will need to fill out your institutional information and institutional address. Please input your WCM email address and WORK address, not your home address. Please note: it is very important that you provide us with an email address and that you carefully fill out the registration information using your work contact information. This is the record that the IRB will use to confirm that you have completed training. If you need to modify your information later, please use the link "Contact Information" to make changes. Continue to step 7.
  9. Step 7 is where you choose your curriculum. All WCM human subject researchers and key personnel are required to take the course for Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel, and the CITI Good Clinical Practice course. All NIH funded WCM researchers and key personnel must take the Conflict of Interest course. Your department and other research projects may require you to complete other courses on this list. You may add another course at any time after registration.
  10. Complete and finalize your registration.

To Complete the Course

  1. Log into your account with your user name and password. This will bring you to the main menu with your list of chosen courses.
  2. Click on the name of the course you need to complete. If you do not see the courses you are required to take (Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel, Good Clinical Practice and, Conflicts of Interest (NIH funded Investigators), click on “Add a Course” at the bottom of page. This will bring you back to the full list of WCM CITI courses where you can choose the required course to be added to your Menu. For full instruction for the Conflict of Interest Course please visit the COI website.
  3. Click on the link “The Integrity Assurance Statement” and complete before beginning the course.
  4. Complete all required modules and quizzes for the course with a score of at least 80% to successfully complete the course.

You may stop and restart the program at any point but you will need to recall your username and password in order to log-in. The program can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world and requires no special software other than a web browser like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

When you complete all required modules you will:

  • Have the opportunity to view and print a Course Completion Report that documents your training.
  • Receive your "Test Number" (Completion Report #), a series of numbers beginning with Ref # which is located at the top of the page, above the list of completed modules on your course Completion Report.
  • Have the ability to apply for up to 6 CME/CEU Credits through the University of Miami School of Medicine.
  • Have the opportunity to complete a voluntary, anonymous user satisfaction survey.

Please note: the CITI Program will automatically notify the test taker and the IRB office when an individual has successfully completed training. You will be able to print a completion certificate containing a certification number (CR#) which serves as your proof of completion of Human Subject Training. Please keep this for your records. The CR# will act as your "test number" for protocol submission. The CR # is noted as a Ref # on the CITI Completion Report.

If you misplace your certificate or need to print additional copies, you need only log into the CITI Program website to access your account. From there you will be given the chance to print a new certificate by clicking on the "My Reports" heading in the main menu.

If you have recently come to WCM from another institution, you are still required to affiliate with WCM on the CITI website and complete the Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel course and the Good Clinical Practice course. However, any CITI modules previously completed that overlap with these courses will automatically carry over, and will not need to be repeated. To determine if a module has been completed, please follow the above steps and then click on the course name (e.g. Good Clinical Practice). Once the course is opened, a list of modules will appear and it will indicate whether the module has been completed under “date complete”. Only modules listed as “incomplete” must to be completed; all previously completed modules do not need to be taken again until renewal is required for the course.

If you are an external investigator listed on a WCM IRB protocol, you will not be required to complete the WCM CITI courses. An external investigator is defined as an individual at an institution not affiliated with WCM/NYP, who will be performing research activities (obtaining consent from subjects, collecting data, etc.), in direct collaboration with investigators at WCM/NYP for a human subjects research study. While the WCM IRB does not require external investigators complete the WCM-required CITI courses, this does not preclude any requirements imposed by regulatory agencies, grantors or sponsors, and a record of training in the protection of human subjects in biomedical research must be provided. This record should be uploaded to the Attachments section of the eIRB protocol, in addition to a document listing your name, contact information, and protocol role, and a completed study specific report for external investigators.

Continuing Education – CITI Refresher Course

Refresher courses are available for both the Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel, and the CITI Good Clinical Practice course. After completing the initial training the refresher courses must be completed as follows:

  • Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel – Refresher course must be taken every 4 years while engaged in research.
  • Good Clinical Practice – Refresher course must be taken every 3 years while engaged in research.

If you have not taken the refresher course in the time specified you must take the full basic course again.

Please feel free to email the IRB office or call (646) 962-8182 with any comments or questions. For additional information on trainings offered by the Office of Research Integrity, please view our Educational Programs page.