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Instructions for CITI Certification Ethical Research with Human Subjects

All faculty, staff and students preparing to submit a protocol to the HSRB must first complete the online training course at .

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is the main ethical research certification program in the US. RWU subscribe to the service. CITI’s courses are designed to teach, test, and certify persons conducting research on human and animal subjects. The online program is also a good complement to teaching ethics to students.

It is recommended that faculty complete a course prior to assigning it. Students should leave themselves ample time to complete a course.

What to do?

  • Go the website:
  • Register as a new user (make sure to affiliate with Roger Williams University).
  • Select from the following modules (similar names, but distinct subject matter; there is an automated checklist that guides you):
    • Social & Behavioral Research, Basic Course
    • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Basic Course
    • Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators Basic Course
    • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers Basic Course
    • HSRB Members, Basic Course
  • Take the exam. Exams are broken into sections so you can log in and out at your own pace. Basic exams take 4-6 hours.
  • Students may print a copy of their certificate of completion and provide this to their professors.
  • Faculty may request student certification confirmation from Professor Judith Platania.
  • Each certificate is valid for three years.

Judith Platania ( is the RWU Human Subjects Administrator for CITI. If you have questions on registering or using the CITI system please contact her.