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Required Training

ALL personnel named in an existing or new “Application for Approval of Research with Human Subjects” must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based training on the protection of human subjects (this includes faculty sponsors on student studies).

The CITI training is valid for four years from the date of completion. After four years, the “refresher” modules will need to be completed (you will receive a reminder from CITI).

It is estimated that the training will take 2 hours. Passing score for quizzes is 80%. The components of the CITI training include:

  • Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.  While there are four choices, the one that should be taken for the majority of UMaine faculty, staff, and students is Social and Behavioral Research Investigators (it is the second choice under Question #1 Human Subjects Research)
  • Electives: Select the area(s) pertaining to your research. You might need to take more than one, but you are required to take at least one.  These electives do not appear until you have completed the main course.  If none of the electives seems relevant to your research, we suggest Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects or Internet Research.

Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects
International Research
Internet Research
Research with Children
Research with Prisoners
Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (we recognize the heading states “Public,” but please take this module if your research is conducted in private elementary/secondary schools)


NEW USER Instructions for Accessing Training (SUGGESTION: print instructions before going to the CITI site):

  • Go to
  • Click on “Register Here” next to New Users.
  • From the drop down menu, select University of Maine System.
  • Fill in the remaining (member) information. Remember to keep your log in and password for future use.
  • Next, you will be asked to select one learner group based on your role. The Human Subjects choices are listed under Question 1 of the menu (Social and Behavioral Research Investigators will be the one most often chosen and is the 2nd choice under Question 1). Once you have completed your selection, complete the curriculum and associated tests you have selected. (You will be able to go back and add another learner group if needed.)
  • After you finish the learner group, you will be asked to select an elective (Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects, International Research, Internet Research, Research with Children, Research with Prisoners, Research in Public (or private) Elementary and Secondary Schools,). You may need to take more than one elective based on your research. Note: You must take at least one elective.  Also review the optional modules, as there may be one that is pertinent to your research.
  • You may exit and re-enter the CITI site as often as needed to complete the selected curriculum. Each time you exit, your progress will be recorded, so that you can continue where you left off.
  • Once you have completed a course, you will be able to print out a completion report(s) from your learner’s menu. We suggest you print the reports and keep them on file. A copy is automatically sent to the IRB Office, so you do NOT need to send copies.

Be sure to log back into your existing CITI account (!  Do not create a new account.  You may have an account created for a different compliance requirement (e.g., animal care, conflict of interest).  If you have forgotten your username, contact the IRB office at 1-1498.  If you create a new account, you will not get the refresher course, but the one for first time users.  Once you are logged in, click on “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups.”  This brings you to the list of possible courses to choose from.


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