CITI Training for Research Involving Human Subjects

All researchers conducting research involving the use of human subjects must complete CITI training (or equivalent) before the Kent State Institutional Review Board (IRB) will approve a project. This includes:

  • Principal investigators and co-investigators
  • Key personnel
  • Students
  • Faculty requiring students to conduct research for a course.
  • Visiting scholars

Training is valid for three years and can be updated by completing the applicable refresher course. 

For details about how to log into  CITI, visit the  RASP Intranet.

Training for Research Involving Animals

Before the IACUC approves research involving the use of animals, all investigators and key personnel must complete:

  • Online Occupational Health and Safety training
  • Online CITI Animal Care and Use training
  • Research Laboratory Safety training

For detailed information on accessing training modules visit the RASP Intranet.

Refresher Course When Your Training has Expired

  1. Log into CITI training site.
  2. Click on Add a Course or Update Your Learner Groups for Kent State University.
  3. Choose the Human Subjects radio button; then Next.
  4. Choose the Social and Behavioral Research Investigators or Biomedical Investigators radio button; then Next. The refresher course will be added to the “My Courses” section.

CITI Training for Responsible Conduct of Research

All undergraduate students, graduate assistants and postdoctoral fellows supported by National Science Foundation funding must complete CITI RCR training. 

If you have completed the CITI course at another institution and within the past three years, in most cases your credit can be transferred and merged with a Kent State CITI account by completing these steps:

  1. Log into CITI using your previous institution’s log-in credentials.
  2. From the Main Menu on your profile click on the link “Click here to affiliate with another institution.”
  3. In the Search for Organization box type and choose “Kent State University.”

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 330-672-2070 if you have questions.

How to Choose a CITI Module

  1. Register for CITI and choose Kent State University as your affiliation.
  2. Choose Responsible Conduct of Research from the list of training topics.
  3. You may select any subject matter area but we suggest choosing the field that best matches your discipline. The choices are:
  • Biomedical
  • Social and Behavioral
  • Physical Science
  • Humanities

CITI Training for Financial Conflict of Interest

All investigators supported by Public Health Service (PHS) funding, including funding from the National Institutes of Health, are required to complete CITI FCOI training. 

If you have completed the CITI course at another institution and within the past three years, in most cases your credit can be transferred and merged with a Kent State CITI account by completing these steps:

  1. Log into CITI using your previous institution’s log-in credentials.
  2. From the Main Menu on your profile click on the link “Click here to affiliate with another institution.”
  3. In the Search for Organization box type and choose “Kent State University.”

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 330-672-2070 if you have questions.

How to Choose a CITI Module

  1. Register for CITI and choose Kent State University as your affiliation.
  2. Choose Financial Conflicts of Interest from the list of training topics. 

Lab Safety Training

All faculty, principal investigators, staff, students and volunteers who will be working in a research laboratory must complete safety training before beginning their lab research.  Those using radioactive materials must also attend training before beginning their work; the radioactive training must be completed annually.

For information on any of the training sessions listed below or to set up specialized training, contact Tom Bialke, manager, Research Safety and Compliance, at 330-672-4996 or tbialke@kent.edu.

Research training areas include:

  • OSHA Laboratory Safety - includes chemical safety and chemical spills.
  • Radioactive Materials Training - includes ionizing radiation fundamentals, radiation training for non-radiation workers, and regulatory requirements.
  • Biosafety Training - safe work practices in a biological lab.

Find more information on laboratory safety.

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