Instructions to Complete CITI Compliance Training

Winthrop University has subscribed to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) maintained at the University of Miami for provision of required training in the areas of Human Subject Research, the Care and Use of Animals in Research, Biosafety, and Responsible Conduct of Research.



You will begin the process by clicking "Register" under the "Create an account" heading in the blue box on the right side of the page.

Username and Password

You will be asked to create a username and password. Please understand that the GSRD Office will have access to this information and you should not use a password that you also use for other Web sites. Make a note of your username and password!

University Affiliation

You will be asked to affiliate with an institution and you should select Winthrop University. Please note that there is a Winthrop University Hospital right after Winthrop University. Make sure you select the correct institution.


When indicating your first and last name, please use the name that will appear on protocol submissions you make to the IRB, IACUC and/or Biosafety Committees. Do not use nicknames or shortened versions of your name.

Steps 1 through 7

CITI has done an excellent job of streamlining the process of signing up for training. Just follow the steps and if you have any questions, contact Michele Smith.

Finalize Registration

At the conclusion of Step 7, you will be asked to finalize the registration. Once you have finalized the registration, you will need to log into the system using the username and password that you have set up.  Once you login, you will be able to access the training modules according to the choices you made when you registered.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which CITI Modules are required?

  • For projects that require Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review
    • Working with the IACUC
  • For projects that require Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) review
    • Basic Biosafety Training
  • For projects that require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review
    • Faculty/Staff: Basic or Refresher
    • Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate
    • Graduate Students: Basic or Refresher
  • In addition to the required modules, you should complete any "OPTIONAL" modules that apply to your research projects.

What if I have completed CITI training at another institution?

  • If you are listed as research personnel on a WU based study, and have completed CITI training at another institution, (1) log-on to CITI using your existing CITI username and password, (2) click on View/Print/Share next to the appropriate certification course [ex: Social/Behavioral Research Course,] and (3) follow instructions provided.

How much time will it take?

  • This will depend on your experience with the particular research course. Most individual modules will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Researchers familiar with these topics may require three hours or less to complete all of the required modules in a course. You do not have to complete all the modules at once. CITI is designed for you to work at your own pace, and allows you to exit and return at a later date to where you left off.

When do I have to renew my training?

  • CITI certifications are valid for 4 years from the date of completion unless otherwise noted. Faculty and staff members will receive an e-mail notification from the GSRD office 60 days prior to certification expiration dates.