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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Training Requirements

Who needs to complete the training?

The Liberty University Institutional Review Board requires that the following individuals complete CITI training prior to conducting research:

  • Faculty Researchers
  • Student Researchers
  • Research Assistants
  • Faculty overseeing student projects

Please note: You will not be given IRB approval until you have successfully completed the required training modules.

What courses do I take?

You will need to complete one of the following Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses, listed under Question 1:

  • Biomedical & Health Science Researchers
  • Social & Behavioral Researchers

Either course will be accepted. However, please select the course that aligns best with your academic discipline.

Please note: When registering, you can skip or select “no/not at this time” for all other questions.

CITI Completion Guidelines (PDF)

How to Enroll

To begin taking CITI courses, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CITI Program website.
  2. In the upper right corner, select “Register” or “Login.”
  3. Select “Log in through my institution.”
  4. Select “Liberty University.”
  5. Sign in with your Liberty username and password.
  6. Select the appropriate course(s).

Need help with enrollment?

Text Instructions

Video Instructions


  • Each course contains a set of core modules and a set of electives.
  • Each module consists of written material, followed by a short quiz.
  • Training is self-directed, but typically can be finished in less than one day.


  • Liberty University has partnered with CITI to provide courses free to affiliated individuals.
  • There are fees for participants wishing to obtain continuing education credits.


Additional CITI Courses

Are other courses available through CITI?

Although it is not a comprehensive list, some of the options include the following:

  • Essentials of Statistical Analysis (EOSA)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • IACUC Researchers
  • Initial Biosafety Training
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