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RADFORD UNIVERSITY HUMAN SUBJECTS TRAINING Overview

All Radford University faculty, staff, students, and research associates conducting research involving human subjects must complete an appropriate Human Subjects Training course prior to submission of their IRB protocol. 

The training status of incoming faculty, staff, students, or collaborators from other institutions who have completed their human subjects training at another institution or through a training source other than CITI or NIH's Protecting Human Research Participants Training will be reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis.

 

Radford University Human Subjects General Training Requirements

Human Subjects Training completion certificates are valid for 3 years.

Radford University currently utilizes the CITI Program training service as our human subjects training source.

Other institutions' training sources are accepted on a case-by-case  basis but the three year training interval is mandatory, regardless of the other institutions' training policy.

 

About the CITI Program Human Subjects Training

Please do not use your Radford University log-in credentials (e.g., username and password) to attempt to log in to CITI.  Please create a CITI account using a separate username and password as CITI is not integrated with the RU central computer system.

To create an account in CITI, please view CITI's New Learner Account Registration 2.0 tutorial.

If you already have an account and are new to RU, please affiliate yourself with RU in the CITI system.  For assistance, please view their Knowlege Base article entitled "How to add/change your affiliated institution?"

CITI Program offers a shorter "refresher" course for returning learners who are renewing their IRB training from within CITI.

To check your training status for courses completed through CITI Program, log onto https://www.citiprogram.org with the username and password you used to complete your training.

CITI Program will also send you reminders of expiration of your training after you complete a required course in the system.

NOTE: certificates earned through CITI do not need to be printed or otherwise submitted with IRB applications. The IRB Office will verify training online from the CITI database.

 

About NIH Human Subjects Training

Radford University is not currently using the NIH human subjects training but has utilized it in previous years. 

Those who completed the NIH course or another relevant couse may submit their training information to the IRB Administrator for review. The Radford University IRB Administrator has final determination over any substituted human subjects training course. 

To access the NIH website to view previously completed trainings, please go to http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php.

Only complete the specified CITI Program courses for all new trainings for Radford University IRB submissions:

  • Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher, Basic Course (for Faculty and Students conducting greater than minimal risk research)
  • Students - Class projects, Basic Course (for Students conducting minimal risk research)

Please do not complete new trainings at this website for IRB submissions.

 

Human Subjects Training Requirements for All Faculty and Staff Researchers - All Review Categories

To locate and complete the correct CITI Human Subjects training, please view CITI's tutorial to create your account and follow the appropriate steps below:

  1. Go to https://www.citiprogram.org,
  2. Log in or enroll in CITI, affiliating yourself with Radford University,
  3. Select the Learner Group* entitled "Social and Behavioral Investigators", and,
  4. Complete ONLY the course entitled "Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher, Basic Course".

*To change your Learner Group once a course has been selected, log in and select "Add a Course or Update Learner Groups", located just below your existing course options.

 

Human Subjects Training Requirements for Students

Students must take either of the below courses, based on the type of research project with which they will be working:

Students - Projects Involving Minimal Risk** to Participants (Exempt and most Expedited Submissions)

To locate and complete the correct CITI Human Subjects training, please view CITI's tutorial to create your account and follow the appropriate steps below:

  1. Go to https://www.citiprogram.org,
  2. Log in or enroll in CITI, affilitating yourself with Radford University,
  3. Select the Learner Group* entitled "Students conducting no more than minimal risk research", and,
  4. Complete ONLY the course entitled "Students - Class projects, Basic Course".

 

Students - Projects Involving Greater Than Minimal Risk** to Participants (Some Expedited and All Full Board Submissions)

To locate and complete the correct CITI Human Subjects training, please view CITI's tutorial and follow the appropriate steps below:

  1. Go to https://www.citiprogram.org,
  2. Log in or enroll in CITI, affiliating yourself with Radford University,
  3. Select the Learner Group* entitled "Social and Behavioral Investigators", and,
  4. Complete ONLY the course entitled "Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher, Basic Course".

*To change your Learner Group once a course has been selected, log in and select "Add a Course or Update Learner Groups", located just below your existing course options.

**Meaning that participants are not expected to encounter any more risk than in everyday life.