The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is an organization that provides online research ethics education to all members of the research community, including more than a thousand U.S. and international institutions. Provided at no cost to researchers, this training includes several training courses with options for different disciplines.
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Students admitted to their UCF doctoral program in Fall 2011 or a later term must complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. However, CITI training is open to all UCF graduate students and postdoctoral associates, and they are encouraged to take advantage of this free educational resource. Students should consult their faculty adviser and the UCF Institutional Review Board (IRB) for guidance on CITI training required for specific research projects (see CITI Protection of Human Research Subjects training).
Creating a CITI Account for the First Time
- Go to www.citiprogram.org
- Follow the instructions on the CITI Main Menu to create a user account for yourself, giving special attention to these fields
- Select “University of Central Florida” as your institution
- For your name, enter the same First Name and Last Name that displays in your myUCF Student Center (my.ucf.edu)
- On the second registration page, provide the information requested by UCF, giving special attention to these fields
- Institutional email address – Enter your Knights e-mail address, which is your official UCF student e-mail address
- UCF Employee Number – Enter your PID (UCF Personal Identification Number, example: a1234567)
- On the Select Curriculum page, scroll down to section 4, Responsible Conduct of Research, and select the course in the appropriate disciplinary area for you
- On the next registration page, you may also affiliate yourself with another institution, if you wish. Otherwise, select No.
- You have now completed CITI registration. In the My Courses section on the CITI Main Menu, you should see the Responsible Conduct of Research course. To start the course, click the red Enter link in the Status column.
Read the instructions carefully before you begin so you will know what you must do in order to receive credit for completing the Responsible Conduct of Research training.
You may choose to complete the training in one session or in multiple sessions. Always follow the instructions carefully in order to save your work and remember to check your progress as you go.
Once you have completed your CITI training, please send a copy of your certificate of completion to email@example.com.
The CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training should be completed by the end of a student’s second major (Fall/Spring) term of enrollment.
Contact the College of Graduate Studies (407-823-2766 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about academic integrity training.
CITI Protection of Human Research Subjects Training
Federal regulations pertaining to the protection of human subjects require that all researchers on a study that involves human participants have current training. The UCF Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides more information about this training. Students should consult their faculty adviser and the IRB for guidance on CITI training required for specific research projects.
IRB Online Training Program Information
Group 1. Biomedical Research Investigators and key Personnel Group
Group 2. Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is also available on the UCF CITI menu and graduate student researchers are encouraged to complete this RCR training. However, this RCR training is not currently required by the IRB for those conducting human subjects research.
Contact the IRB office at 407-823-2901 or 407-882-2012 or e-mail IRB@ucf.edu.