Human Subjects Research Training

Researchers at SUNY Brockport must complete online training focused on the protection of human subjects in research via an institutional subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI provides convenient and comprehensive online training modules for all students, faculty and staff.

Please Note: Academic advisors of student researchers are required to have up-to-date CITI certification.


A living individual about whom an investigator conducts research and

  • Obtains information, or through intervention or interaction with the individual, and uses, studies or analyzes the information; or
  • Obtains, uses, studies, analyzes or generates identifiable private information

Intervention: Includes physical procedures by which data are gathered and manipulations of the subjects or the subjects’ environment that are conducted for research purposes.

Interaction: Includes communication or interpersonal contact between investigator and subjects. The interaction may be as remote as an anonymous, online survey

About whom: The investigator must be gathering information about the individual.

Definitions provided by the Office of Human Research Protections: 45 CFR 46.102.


You can access the course at any time and you do not need to register for a course in advance.

  1. Go to the CITI website
  2. Click “Register” near the top of the page
  3. Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation,” enter “SUNY - College at Brockport” Enter the name exactly as it appears here
  4. Continue to follow the directions on the screen
  5. Take the appropriate modules listed below (students and faculty will have different requirements)

*Notes to ensure your CITI training will link to your IRB proposals:

  1. Enter your name the same way you will enter it in the IRB module. IE: If you use a middle initial in CITI, you must use a middle initial in IRB. If you use your given legal name, rather than a shortened version (Michael versus Mike) or vice versa, use the same version in the IRB module.
  2. Ensure your CITI training is up-to-date (needs to be renewed every three years.)
  3. You must wait 24 hours between completing your CITI training and submitting an IRB for CITI to run overnight and connect with IRB.

Each module will have a brief quiz at the end in which you need to receive a score of 80% to pass. If you don’t pass the first time, you can retake each quiz until you earn a passing score.

CITI Program issues “Completion Reports” for every course completed by a learner and are valid for up to three years. The IRB office does not keep CITI certifications on file, but your record of completion is available indefinitely for you to access online through the CITI website.

In response to many requests, CITI Program now also issues course “Completion Certificates” that learners may print or share. More information about CITI transcripts and Completion Reports are available here.