Training

The University of Pittsburgh IRB requires investigators to complete the human subjects training program developed by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Institute). Because CITI is so widely used, Pitt/UPMC investigators who fulfill the requirements will likely meet most or all of the training requirements mandated at other institutions (including the VA Healthcare System) or by certain funding agencies (including the Department of Defense).

All students, faculty and staff must complete specific training that may vary depending on their discipline and research activities. University of Pittsburgh training draws on resources provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI), as well as by University of Pittsburgh Internet-based Studies in Education & Research (ISER). Detailed information on training requirements is available on the Research Conduct & Compliance (RCCO) website.

All Pitt/UPMC investigators must access CITI using a designated Pitt CITI Portal available at www.citi.pitt.edu.  Learners do have the opportunity to merge an existing CITI account from another institution during the initial creation of the Pitt CITI account. Credit for modules completed at other institutions may transfer but only if completed within the past two years and were not refresher courses. Learners are strongly encouraged to review the training requirements document on the RCCO website before selecting their CITI curriculum. 

It may take 24 hours after completion of the required modules before access to OSIRIS is granted since reports are generated nightly. Plan to devote approximately 3 to 5 hours to complete the entire curriculum, which can be taken over a period of time. 

Training Courses

At a minimum, the IRB requires successful completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research course and one of the Human Subject courses prior to accessing the IRB application (OSIRIS) and prior to any interactions /interventions with human subjects or identifiable private information. It is the Principal Investigator's responsibility to ensure that all members of the study team complete the required training based on the research being conducted and complete the refresher courses before they expire.

CITI offers two human subjects training courses.  The learner has the opportunity to select the course most relevant to their discipline.

  • Biomedical
  • Social-Behavioral-Educational

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a new policy that requires Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for all NIH funded “clinical trials” effective on January 1, 2017. The University is extending this requirement to all research studies that meet the definition of a clinical trial regardless of the funding source. All Investigators and research team members who are engaged in the conduct, oversight or management of clinical trials (as defined by the NIH) must complete the CITI GCP training course before they participate in any research activities effective January 1, 2017.

Refresher Courses

All Learners will be required to complete Refresher Courses for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Human Subjects Research courses every 4 years. Learners required to complete the GCP course must complete the Refresher Courses every 3 years. CITI will send an email reminder before the courses are due to expire.  It is important to remember that current training certifications must be maintained throughout the conduct of the research and cannot be expired at any time during the research process.

More Information

For direct access to the CITI training portal for human subjects research, click here. Links are also available from the OSIRIS home page. Researchers who are having difficulty accessing or navigating the site should e-mail rcco@pitt.edu.

Continuing Education Credits

HRPO provides continuing education credits (CEUs) for all our programs through the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences office.  Credits are awarded only if attendees complete the CEU form available at the registration table for each event.  Credit transcripts can be downloaded from the Center for Continuing Education website.