Human Subjects Protection Training Requirement

News 09/07/2018: The NIH course will no longer be available after September 26, 2018. Please complete the course and/or print your certificate by this date. As of September 27, 2018, NIH will no longer provide access to the course or certificate.

News 08/28/2018: Effective 01/01/2019, Exceptions to SBS Human Subjects Research Training Requirements Will No Longer Be Granted. Please click here for more information.

Who needs to complete training?

The SBS IRB requires human subjects protection training for any research study personnel considered engaged in human subjects research activities (e.g., responsible for overseeing/designing the study, obtaining consent, collecting data, interacting with human subjects, analysis of identifiable data, etc.). 

What satisfies training requirements?

See below to learn more about the CITI course or NIH course that can be used to satisfy the general education requirement. Training taken previously through another institution can also satisfy the SBS IRB’s training requirement as long as that training included similar modules to ours. For questions about whether your previous training satisfies the requirements, please send a description of the training and a copy of your completion certificate to

Please note that SBS IRB policy does not require research personnel to re-certify at intervals or take refresher courses at this time. Sponsors, cooperative agreements, data holders, and other IRBs, however, may impose additional requirements (including refreshers, specific courses, etc.). It is the researcher's responsibility to comply with any requirements beyond the basic training course.

If you have never taken human subjects protection training before:

CITI: Please follow the instructions below to register on the CITI website and complete the course entitled “Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB Human Subjects Protection Training Course.” 

Go to and click on the button labeled "Register." Several options for registration will appear at the top of the page. Please click the option “Log In Through My Institution” and select “University of Chicago” (see diagram below). You will then be prompted to login using your CNet ID. Registering in this manner allows us to see that you have taken the CITI course so that you do not need to provide us with your completion certificate.    


Once logged in, select "Add a Course."  You will be asked a series of questions about which course you want to register for -- select "Social and Behavioral Sciences IRB Human Subjects Protection Training Course." This course takes about 2-3 hours to complete and does not need to be finished in one sitting.

NIH Training: *Note--the course itself will be discontinued by NIH on 09/26/2018. We also accept the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online course entitled "Protecting Human Research Participants.” The course can be accessed online at!/. This course is available to anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation. Once completed, the completion certificate should be provided to the SBS IRB office at and uploaded with the application submission in AURA. 

Expiration: The SBS IRB does not require research personnel to re-certify or take refresher courses; taking the CITI course once satisfies the SBS IRB requirement. Sponsors, departments, and labs may have additional requirements.

Other CITI course requirements:

Please note that while the SBS IRB only requires the "SBS IRB Human Subjects Protection Training Course," other CITI courses may be required from other entities involved in your study. The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), and several other federal agencies require grant recipients to take the "Responsible Conduct of Research" Course. Investigators conducting a clinical trial are required to take the "Good Clinical Practice" course. Additionally, these entities may require investigators to take periodic refresher courses. It is the researcher's responsibility to comply with requirements for CITI training from other entities.