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Required Education in the Protection of Human Research Participants

Individuals who will be involved in the design or conduct of human subjects research must fulfill the education requirement. These individuals are considered to be "key personnel" and include Principal Investigator(s) on research involving human subjects, all individuals responsible for the design or conduct of the study, and those individuals identified as key personnel of consortium participants or alternate performance sites if they are participating in research that involves human subjects. 

All IRB applications to the Committee must contain a copy of the Assurance Training Certificate for all personnel who are to participate in the proposed research. Certificates must be current within 5 years.

Caltech accepts Assurance Training Certificates from two organizations:  NIH or CITI.

 NIH Protecting Human Research Particpants

The NIH provides training at:

CITI (available through access.caltech)

Caltech also provides training via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). You may access the CITI Protection of Human Research Subjects course by logging into access.caltech and clicking "Research Ethics Education (CITI)."  To add the Human Research Subjects courses, click "Add a course."  You will be directed to taking the appropriate courses and modules that Caltech requires for the type of research you will be conducting:

  • Social & Behaviorial Research - Basic/Refresher
  • Students - Class Projects (for students conducting no more than minimal risk research)
  • Biomedical Data or Specimines Only Research - Basic/Refresher
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) for Clinical Investigations of Devices 
  • GCP -  Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research

In addition, ff you are receiving DARPA, DOD, or DON support for your human subjects research at Caltech, you will be obligated to take additional CITI training specific to your sponsor. Please contact if you need this training.

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