Loyola University Chicago

Office of Research Services

CITI Course

Loyola University Chicago uses the online training course, provided by the University of Miami, called the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) course to provide convenient web based training programs to the research community.  Completion of the CITI course quizzes with an overall score of 80 percent is required for certification.   Please use the instructions below to access the course site, which is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later.  Researchers at Loyola University Chicago may be required to complete some or all of the online CITI modules described below.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Begin Your On-line Training

  1. Go to http://www.citiprogram.org/
  2. Click on “Register Here”
  3. To select your Institution, go to the first drop-box labeled “Participating Institutions” and select Loyola University Chicago; you do not have to select any other options
  4. Select a user name and password (you will need these to re-enter the site)
  5. Enter your first and last names
  6. Enter your preferred email address -  Please use your Loyola University email address (if you have one)
  7. Provide responses to questions 6, 7, and 8; then click “Submit”
  8. Provide the information requested on the next screen; then click “Submit”
  9. You should be ready to complete the Course Enrollment Questions page; select “Continue to Question 1 at this time”
  10. For Question 1: Select the group appropriate for your research activities: Select Group 1 or Group 2
  11. For Question 2:  Skip this section of you are not working with live vertebrate animals; if you are working with animals select The “Working with the IACUC Course” and any additional courses that apply to your research plans/interests; If you are an IACUC member or an IACUC coordinator/administrator, you are required to complete the "Essentials for IACUC Members" course
  12. For Question 3:  Indicate if you are required to take the LUROP RCR course or to complete online RCR training; click “Submit”
  13. For Question 4:  Indicate if you are required to take the Financial Conflict of Interest online training by selecting “Yes”, if not select “No”
  14. Next CITI asks if you need to take training for more than one institution,  Select No
  15. You are now at the Learner’s Menu page
  16. Under “My Courses,” select the course you want to start
  17. After all modules for a section are complete, the CITI program will email you a completion report and a copy will automatically be sent to the Office of Research Services (ORS).  It may take 5-7 business days after you complete the course for ORS to have your training record show up in the CAP system (if applicable). 

 About the Courses

Although you have to take the modules in sequence, you do not have to complete them at one time.  It is preferable to do several at one sitting and then return to complete the unfinished modules.*  The software will keep track of the quizzes you have completed so that when you re-enter the site you will know where to begin.  The passing score on each module is 80 percent; if you do not pass the first time, you can retake it until you get a passing grade.  For further information about the course or Loyola’s requirements, call ORS at (773) 508-2471.  If you experience problems with the program software, call CITI Support at (305) 243-7970 for assistance.

*To complete unfinished modules return to the CITI website, enter your user name a password, and at the Learner’s Menu select “CITI Basic Course”; click on the incomplete module to resume training.


For IRB Certification

All personnel engaged in research with human subjects must obtain IRB certification by completing an on-line training course.   IRB certification is valid for three years and is required for IRB approval of a research project.   The CITI on-line training course replaces the IRB workshops that were offered in the past.   If you received IRB certification at a workshop within the last three years, you do not need to complete this CITI course until your certification expires.   

For IACUC Certification

All personnel engaged in activities with live vertebrate animals must obtain IACUC certification by completing an on-line training course.  IACUC certification is valid for three years and is required for all personnel included on the IACUC application before approval of a research project.  IACUC members are also required to obtain CITI training by completing the module specifically for IACUC members.

For RCRS Distance Learner Certification or LUROP RCR Certification

For most researchers at Loyola, the RCR training is done in person as part of the UNIV370 RCRS course.  Visiting students (defined as students that are not enrolled in a Loyola University Chicago degree or certificate program) and students in programs that do not require them to be “on-campus” at any point (“Online” degree or certificate programs) can satisfy the RCRS training requirement by completing the online RCR CITI Program. Completion of this program should be done prior to the student’s involvement in formal research activity and the RCRS CITI Program completion certificate should be on file with the Loyola University Chicago Office of Research Services. Following completion, please forward copies of CITI training records to Andrew Ellis, Asst. Dir. of Research Compliance, at aellis5@luc.edu.

This RCR training program is also required by some LUROP programs.  If the LUROP office instructed you to complete the online RCR program, please complete this training.

For Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Certification

All personnel engaged in activity supported by, or proposed to be supported by, a Public Health Services (PHS) agency are required to complete this online training.   Financial Conflict of Interest certification is valid for four years.  When you have successfully completed the FCOI program, the CITI program will email you a certificate of completion.  For FCOI certification, you need to forward this email to the Interim ORS Director at avaca1@luc.edu.