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CITI Education Information

CITI Education Information

Initial Basic Requirement

Spectrum Health requires all individuals who are involved in the conduct of human subjects research within Spectrum Health, provide evidence of human subjects research protection (HSRP) training. The initial basic requirement can be met by completing the CITI basic biomedical course. This requirement applies to any research personnel involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of the research. Documentation of completed HSRP training must be on file with the Spectrum Health IRB prior to committee consideration of a research submission. IRB submissions will not be processed until the CITI Basic Course is completed by all research personnel listed on the application. This requirement also applies to subcontractors, consultants, students and all other non-Spectrum Health personnel involved in research being conducted at Spectrum Health.

Refresher Requirement

All research personnel who remain engaged in human subjects research at Spectrum Health are required to complete continuing education every 3 years from the date the basic training (CITI Basic Course) was completed. An email reminder of your upcoming expiration will be sent to you using the address specified when originally registering in the CITI course. The email reminder will include a link directly to the CITI Refresher Course. CITI also has an automated username and password retrieval system if you need assistance. If you should have difficulty logging-in to take the CITI Refresher Course, contact CITI Support at 305.243.7970. Research personnel who do not complete this continuing education requirement will be placed on the IRB restricted research personnel list. New IRB approvals will not be granted, active protocols may be suspended, and further engagement in research activities may no longer be permitted for individuals placed on the IRB restricted research personnel list. You can be removed from the IRB restricted research personnel list by completing the continuing education requirement.

Follow these instructions if you have not taken the CITI Course before:

  • Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.
  • Register where indicated.
  • Affiliate yourself with Spectrum Health by typing "Spectrum Health" into the box under "Search for organization: Enter full or partial name", found within the "Select Your Organization Affiliation" screen. Failure to affiliate with Spectrum Health will prevent access to the correct Spectrum Health education modules. – Continue to step 2.
  • Enter your name and email address. – Continue to step 3.
  • Create a user ID and password for ongoing access to the online training courses. Select a security question and give your unique answer in the box below the dropdown list. -- Continue to step 4
  • Enter Gender information, Ethnicity and Race or select “Prefer not to answer” – Continue to step 5.
  • Answer the CME/CEU and survey questions. – Continue to step 6.
  • Complete the required fields in demographic profile and provide accurate contact information to facilitate ongoing communication of continuing education requirements (i.e. CITI Refresher Course). – Continue to step 7.
  • Select your courses as applicable:
    • Question 1: Select "Biomedical Research"
    • Question 2: Select "I have not completed the Spectrum Health Basic CITI Course" for the Refresher Course
    • Question 3: RCR Course: Select "No Thank You"
    • Question 4: Optional Courses: Select "No Thank You" unless your specific research unit requires GCP or HIPS training;
    • Question 5: Biosafety/Biosecurity Course: Select “Not at this time” – Click “Complete Registration”
  • Finalize your registration by clicking “Finalize Registration”
  • Begin your Biomedical Research Course by clicking on the link "Biomedical Research" then by completing “The Integrity Assurance Statement”
  • Complete all the required modules and obtain a cumulative score of 85% or greater. If your cumulative score is less 85%, you'll need to redo the modules until your score is at least 85%.
  • Once your CITI Basic Biomedical Course is completed, a certificate will automatically be sent to the IRB electronically
  • Retain a paper copy of the certificate for your records.

Follow these instructions if you have taken the CITI Course at another institution:

  • Login to the CITI course at http://www.citiprogram.org/ under your account.
  • On your Learner Menu go to "Affiliate with Another Institution" and select "Spectrum Health" from the drop down menu
  • Complete the required member information and click “next”.
  • Select your courses as applicable: 
    • Question 1: Select "Biomedical Research"
    • Question 2: Select "I have not completed the Spectrum Health Basic CITI Course" for the Refresher Course
    • Question 3: RCR Course: Select "No Thank You"
    • Question 4: Optional Courses: Select "No Thank You"; 
    • Question 5: Biosafety/Biosecurity Course: Select “Not at this time” – Click “Submit”
  • Begin your Biomedical Research Course by clicking on the link "Biomedical Research" then by completing “The Integrity Assurance Statement”
  • Complete any modules not completed at your prior institution required by Spectrum Health (non-transferrable).
  • After you complete the additional modules, a completion certificate will be sent electronically to the Spectrum Health IRB.
  • Retain a paper copy of the certificate for your records.

Follow these instructions if you have taken the CITI course before and need to take the refresher course (per policy every 3 years):

  • Go to: http://www.citiprogram.org/
  • Log in with your existing user name and password- this will take you to the main menu
  • If your username and/or password cannot be located, click “Forgot Username or Password” and follow the prompts
  • Under 'My Courses select 'Add a Course or Update Your Learner Groups- this will take you to the course selection page
  • Select your courses: 
    • Question 1: Select "I have completed the Spectrum Health Basic CITI Course" 
    • Question 2: Select "Biomedical" for the Refresher Course
    • Questions 3and 4: Select "No Thank You"
    • Question 5: Biosafety/Biosecurity Course: Select “Not at this time” – Click “Submit”
    • Click “Submit”
  • Begin your Biomedical Research Course by clicking on the link "Biomedical Research" then by completing “The Integrity Assurance Statement”Once your CITI Biomedical Refresher Course is completed, a certificate will automatically be sent to the CITI administrator, but please print a copy off and retain for your records.
For questions, additional information, or comments regarding the CITI Course please contact the Spectrum Health CITI course administrator at 616.391.3291. CITI also has an automated username and password retrieval system if you need assistance. If you should have difficulty retrieving your information, contact CITI Support at 305.243.7970.