IRB CITI Instructions

IRB CITI Instructions

CITI Instructions

Initial Registration for New Learners 

Step 1 - Go to

Step 2 - Click on "register" in the Create new account box on the CITI webpage

Step 3 - In the box titled "Select Your Organization Affiliation" type in Rowan. Rowan University will appear in a box under the type. Click on Rowan University and then click on "Continue to Step 2"

Step 4 - Type in your First and Last Name. In the email box, input your Rowan University email address. Your secondary email address can be a personal email address, such as gmail or other email provider. Click on "Continue to Step 3" when completed.

Step 5 - Type in your Rowan NetID. Complete the sections for the password and security question. Click on "Continue to Step 4" when completed.

Step 6 - Complete the information for Country of Residence, Gender, Ethnicity and Race. Click on "Continue to Step 5" when completed.

Step 7 - Complete the information for Continuing Education Credits and Survey. Click on "Continue to Step 6" when completed.

Step 8 - Complete the information for Information Requested by Rowan University. Select the role that is most applicable to your purpose of creating a CITI account. Click on "Continue to Step 7" when completed.

Step 9 - Select the training to be completed. For IRB requirements, select Human Subjects Protections and then select the Group that best suits your research (Group 2 or Group 3)  Users can select multiple training programs. For example, if you need to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Human Subjects Research Protections then you would select both. Click on "Continue" when completed.


Completing the Course

1. Go to and logon with your username and password.

2. Return to the Main Menu and click on the title of the CITI training located in the column labeled ‘Course’. The column labeled ‘Status’ will appear as ‘not started’ or ' incomplete - Re-enter'. Click on this link to gain access to the required modules and associated quizzes.

a. Each module of the required Basic Course takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete. You may log in as many times as necessary; however, you may only print a ‘Completion Report’ after all required modules / quizzes are completed.

b. The minimum passing aggregate score is 80%. A running tally is automatically compiled for you by the CITI system.

c. The average time to complete the human subjects protections training is roughly 3 to 4 hours. However, those times may vary depending on additional modules required to be completed and/or an investigator/researcher prior knowledge of human subject research protections.

Note: The Course status options are listed below:

  • Not started - Enter
  • Incomplete - Re-enter (at least one required module is complete) or
  • Passed - completion date (All required modules are complete) Follow the link to "Print" a Completion Report.

CITI Completed at Other Institution

If you have taken the CITI education at another institution within the last three (3) years, you may not need to repeat the Basic Course at this time; however, Rowan University needs to verify that the CITI modules you have completed meet the Rowan University human subjects protection education requirement.

To do this, you must update your affiliation in CITI to include Rowan University.

1. Go to and logon with your username and password.

2. Return to the main learner menu and select 'Affiliate with another institution'. You then should complete a Rowan University information screen (see Step 8 in the webpage section titled: Initial Registration for New Learners). Upon being able to or directed to identify the training required, please go to the appropriate curriculum and select the training that is most appropriate to your research purposes, and if you have a previous CITI certificate, select that training that you have already completed at another institution and which is documented in the CITI program.

For example, after affiliating with Rowan University, you are required to select the appropriate modules/courses. Since I have a current certificate in the Social and Behavioral Basic training with another institution in the CITI program, I will select Social and Behavioral Basic training in my Rowan University Affiliated CITI account. That will bring in our required training modules, and of those modules that are the same pertaining to your past certificate, you will be given credit. If some modules that Rowan University requires, but was not required at your other affiliated institution, then you need to complete those modules ONLY. You will receive a certificate in CITI upon completion. However, there are some instances in which an affiliated member may not be required to take additional courses / modules.

You must return to the ‘Learner’s Menu’ to determine whether you have completed the Basic Course modules required by Rowan University. The column labeled ‘Status’ will appear as either ‘ Incomplete - Re-enter’ or ‘Passed - completion date’. Click on the re-enter link to gain access to any outstanding modules needed to complete Rowan University’s specific education requirement.

If your ‘status’ appears as Passed - completion date, this means there are no additional modules you need to take at this time; simply print a completion report.

Refresher Requirements

Rowan University requires that once you have completed a Rowan University-approved Basic Course, you must complete the Rowan University CITI Refresher Course every three (3) years.

You will receive an automatic reminder from CITI approximately 90 days prior to your anniversary date.

You may return to the CITI site once you have completed the Basic Course.

In order to begin the refresher course, go to and logon with your username and password.