Loyola University Chicago

Office of Research Services

CITI Course

Loyola University Chicago uses the online training course, provided by the University of Miami, called the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) course to provide convenient web based training programs to the research community.  Completion of the CITI course quizzes with an overall score of 80 percent is required for certification.   Please use the instructions below to access the course site, which is best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later.  Researchers at Loyola University Chicago may be required to complete some or all of the online CITI modules described below.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Begin Your On-line Training

  1. Go to LUC’s CITI Log In Page.
  2. Login using your UVID and Password.
  3. Click on “Loyola University Chicago Courses” to open the menu.
  4. You should be ready to complete the Course Enrollment Questions page; select “Continue to Question 1 at this time”.
  5. For the first CITI Course Enrollment Question (Select the appropriate user group for the reason you are here today:) Select LUC Sponsored Research Personnel This is the appropriate group for all research personnel working on Loyola University Chicago sponsored research projects, unless they are participating in research subject to the Health Sciences Division IRB.  Continue onto the next page of CITI Course Enrollment Questions.
  6. For Question 1: Select the group appropriate for your research activities: SelectGroup 1 or Group 2 based on the type of human subject research you are conducting, if you are not involved in human subject research select that choice.
  7. For Question 2:  Skip this section of you are not working with live vertebrate animals; if you are working with animals select The “Working with the IACUC Course” and any additional courses that apply to your research plans/interests; If you are an IACUC member or an IACUC coordinator/administrator, you are required to complete the "Essentials for IACUC Members" course.
  8. For Question 3:  Indicate if you are required to take the LUROP RCR course or to complete online RCR training; click “Submit”.  For most research personnel this course is not a requirement and you can skip this section.
  9. For Question 4:  Indicate if you are required to take the Financial Conflict of Interest online training by selecting this training here.  If you are not required to take this online training you can skip this section.
  10. For Question 5: Some researchers are required to take the Community-Engaged Research training online.  If LUROP has required you to complete this online training, select that option.  If not, you can skip this section.  Note: this training is also optional for anyone to take voluntarily and recommended for anyone involved in this type of research project. 
  11. Next CITI asks if you need to take training for more than one institution, select No. (unless you have additional affiliations and need to take training for them)
  12. You are now at the Learner’s Menupage.
  13. Under “My Courses,” select the course you want to start.
  14. After all modules for a section are complete, the CITI program will email you a completion report and a copy will automatically be sent to the Office of Research Services (ORS).  It may take 5-7 business days after you complete the course for ORS to have your training record show up in the CAP system (if applicable). 

 About the Courses

Although you have to take the modules in sequence, you do not have to complete them at one time.  It is preferable to do several at one sitting and then return to complete the unfinished modules.*  The software will keep track of the quizzes you have completed so that when you re-enter the site you will know where to begin.  The passing score on each module is 80 percent; if you do not pass the first time, you can retake it until you get a passing grade.  For further information about the course or Loyola’s requirements, call ORS at (773) 508-2471.  If you experience problems with the program software, call CITI Support at (305) 243-7970 for assistance.

*To complete unfinished modules return to the CITI website, enter your user name a password, and at the Learner’s Menu select “CITI Basic Course”; click on the incomplete module to resume training.


For IRB Certification

All personnel engaged in research with human subjects must obtain IRB certification by completing an on-line training course.   IRB certification is valid for three years and is required for IRB approval of a research project.   The CITI on-line training course replaces the IRB workshops that were offered in the past.   If you received IRB certification at a workshop within the last three years, you do not need to complete this CITI course until your certification expires.   

For IACUC Certification

All personnel engaged in activities with live vertebrate animals must obtain IACUC certification by completing an on-line training course.  IACUC certification is valid for three years and is required for all personnel included on the IACUC application before approval of a research project.  IACUC members are also required to obtain CITI training by completing the module specifically for IACUC members.

For RCRS Distance Learner Certification or LUROP RCR Certification

For most researchers at Loyola, the RCR training is done in person as part of the UNIV370 RCRS course.  Visiting students (defined as students that are not enrolled in a Loyola University Chicago degree or certificate program) and students in programs that do not require them to be “on-campus” at any point (“Online” degree or certificate programs) can satisfy the RCRS training requirement by completing the online RCR CITI Program. Completion of this program should be done prior to the student’s involvement in formal research activity and the RCRS CITI Program completion certificate should be on file with the Loyola University Chicago Office of Research Services. Following completion, please forward copies of CITI training records to Andrew Ellis, Asst. Dir. of Research Compliance, at aellis5@luc.edu.

This RCR training program is also required by some LUROP programs.  If the LUROP office instructed you to complete the online RCR program, please complete this training.

For Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Certification

All personnel engaged in activity supported by, or proposed to be supported by, a Public Health Services (PHS) agency are required to complete this online training.   Financial Conflict of Interest certification is valid for four years.  When you have successfully completed the FCOI program, the CITI program will email you a certificate of completion.  For FCOI certification, you need to forward this email to the Interim ORS Director at avaca1@luc.edu.