Human Subjects Protection Training Requirement

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.). 

If you have never taken human subjects protection training before:

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.

If you have previously taken human subjects protection training: 

CITI training taken previously through another institution satisfies the SBS IRB’s training requirement as long as that training included similar modules to ours. We also accept the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online course entitled "Protecting Human Research Participants.” If you took NIH or CITI training previously, please upload your completion certificate to your protocol. 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


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 may have additonal 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.