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Training Requirements

The Human Subjects Office requires that all "key personnel" in a proposed research project, whether FSU faculty, staff, students (graduate or undergraduate) or outside collaborating researchers, complete either the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research course or the NIH Human Subjects Training Course before protocols for research can be approved by the IRB.  Key personnel include all individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study.  For researchers new to the University who have completed CITI training and who are transferring projects to FSU, current training certificates are required with initial project transfer.  Once the project and PI are at FSU,  the institutional affiliation within the CITI course must be updated to FSU.   The affiliation must be initiated for the CITI course; please affiliate with "Florida State University".  Evidence of having completed the CITI training or NIH training must be provided to the IRB when a study is submitted for IRB review.

Please note:  After September 26, 2018, the NIH will no longer be providing their version of the Human Subjects Training course.  Therefore, after this date, CITI training will be required by the FSU Human Subjects Office.

CITI training must be re-certified every three years.

Note: always check with your sponsor regarding human subjects research training requirements.  There are specific requirements for NIH and other sponsored human subjects research that will require additional trainings to be completed.  Please contact The Office of Research Compliance Programs (ORCP) at FSU to ensure these required trainings are completed as appropriate.  The ORCP may be contacted by phone at 850-644-8648 or email at

The Human Subjects Office can be contacted for clarification and assistance with human subjects research training.  


CITI Program Website

Guidance on HIPAA Privacy and Research