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Research / Discovery

Human Subjects Protection training offered by the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office

March 27, 2009

Did you know that the IRB training policy for human subjects researchers at CSU has changed? Until recently, certification through on-campus colloquiums or online training was only required for principal investigators.

The new IRB training policy at CSU is that in addition to Principal Investigators , or PI, Co-Principal Investigators, or Co-PI, are also required to complete one of our two methods of training:

  • on-campus sessions
  • via CITI, a Web-based training

Grace period to obtain training

Also,  “key personnel,” on NIH-funded grants are required to complete training.  Although Co-PIs and NIH-funded key personnel are now required to complete training, we will have a grace period during which individuals can obtain human subjects training.

Please note: When creating a protocol on eProtocol, the new online protocol-submission system, the PI and CO-PI are both required to have completed this training. Training must be updated every three years.

On-campus training does not require an exam

CSU’s on-campus training, developed for CSU researchers, consists of the history, ethics, federal regulations, and CSU procedures about protecting human subjects in research. There is no exam, and those attending the entire session will receive a certification of completion.

The training colloquiums are scheduled to take place at the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office, or RICRO, training room located at 340 General Services Building on:

Thursday, April 9, 2009: 9 a.m. – Noon
• Tuesday, May 5, 2009: 9 a.m. – Noon

Registration required

Please note that registration is required. 

Registration information

If you would like to attend a training session, but are unable to attend these sessions, RICRO will soon announce the summer schedule for these training sessions.

Web-based training includes passing quizzes

For those unable to attend an on-campus session, a Web-based training program, the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI), that fulfills the requirement for human subject training, is also available via online registration.

Researchers can choose from the Behavioral/Social Sciences module or the Biomedical module. These modules consist of units related to specific subject matter, taken at one’s convenience and own speed. Quizzes are open-book at the end of each unit, and must be passed at 80 percent or better.


For more information on IRB training, please contact Molly Gutilla at (970) 491-1553 or  

More information on RICRO services, forms and deadlines is available online

Contact: Molly Gutilla
Phone: (970) 491-1553