Required Training for the Protection of Human Subjects

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).

Instructions for CITI Training (Word)

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 1 hour. Passing score for quizzes is 80%. The components of the CITI training include:

  1. Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects: While there are four choices when enrolling, the one that should be taken for the majority of UMaine faculty, staff, and students is Social and Behavioral Research Investigators. The Biomedical Research Investigators course can be selected for researchers that are conducting mostly biomedical research.
  2. Electives: These electives do not appear until you have completed the main course. 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. 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)