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Protection of Human Subjects Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Texas A&M University-Commerce requires all individuals conducting/participating in research projects that involve human participants to complete training for the Protection of Human Subjects and Responsible Conduct in Research.  This requirement is met by the successful completion of the online training module from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.

Who must take the Training?

All individuals, principal investigators, co-investigators, post-docs, research assistants, undergraduate and graduate students and all other personnel engaged in research involving human participants in any way must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. 

Course Information and Requirements

Successful completion of the course is required and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score.  The time to complete the training modules may be 6-8 hours.  Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime.  At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed by the trainee and notification is sent to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

Once successfully completed, a refresher course is required every three years.  A notification will be sent to you prior to the expiration of your training if your email remains current in the CITI program.  At anytime, you may return to the training modules for review, to print a certificate, or update your email address.

Successful completion of the CITI modules (Protection of Human Subjects and Responsible Conduct of Research) is required before submission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Protocol Form for the Protection of Human Subjects.  Protocol forms will be reviewed only after the researcher has completed the CITI training. 

Required Compliance Training

Before protocols are submitted or you have contact with your human subjects, you must complete the training.

Steps to Register and Begin Your Training:

Log into CITI at

If you have not yet logged into CITI, click "Create an Account"
CITI login

Select Texas A&M University-Commerce as your participating institution

Complete the remaining registration form

Select the Learner Group that applies to you

  • Biomedical Research Investigators
  • Social & Behavioral Research Investigators
  • IRB Members
  • Students conducting no more than minimal risk research
  • Research with data or laboratory specimens- ONLY

Actual Course Titles will reflect the learner group designation and end with "- Basic/Refresher" to indicate the course is dual purpose.  You will be notified by email to re-take the same course in three years.

Go to the the Main Menu.  Click Add a Course.


You are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research module.  Please select the appropriate module from the following:

  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course

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Question 2 – Select the Human Subjects Research which fits your research.

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Research with Human Subjects

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Protocol Forms, Guidelines, and other Information

Please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs if you have questions at 903-886-5766  or

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