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Training for human subjects research  |   Additional training

In support of scientifically sound and ethical conduct, and to meet regulatory and accreditation requirements, Research Integrity requires training in human subject research and funding-specific responsible conduct of research, when applicable.


Training for human subjects research

Training will help researchers and others involved in human research

  • Understand the relevant issues at play in human subjects research
  • Formulate studies with the intent of upholding the social contract with research participants and with the perspective of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in mind

Anyone working on a study involving human participants is required by the University to complete Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities or Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities

Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities is comprised of modules that include detailed content, images, supplemental materials such as case studies, and a quiz. Learners may complete the modules at their own pace. Each module varies in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete the module based on their familiarity and knowledge of the topic. In general, modules can take 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The modules cover the historical development of human subject protections, as well as current regulatory information and ethical issues. Additional modules cover topics related to human research protections, including cultural competence, advanced issues in informed consent, and population-specific content. The training was developed and reviewed by human research experts to help organizations and individuals understand human subjects research protections and fulfills the human research protection training requirement. Training is valid for five years with renewal required by the Human Research Protection Program accrediting body, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities modules are accessible for individuals with sight and hearing impairment and offer review of the content in close-captioned video, audio and written text.

Instructions for Training for Human Research Oversight Responsibilities (THOR)

For non-clinical researcher appointments

Enrollment information for University faculty, staff and students:

  1. Go to WebCampus and log in as you normally do to access courses with your NetID/Password.
  2. While logged into WebCampus, open the IRB training course at  in a new tab or window in the same browser.
  3. You should then see a link to complete the enrollment without having to re-enter your username and password.

Contact Research Integrity for enrollment assistance if you do not have a University netID/Password.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

See below for more details on how to enroll.

For non-clinical researcher appointments

CITI Group 1: Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group

For clinical researcher appointments

CITI Group 2: Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel Group

Initial Education Requirement to Conduct Human Subjects Research

All persons involved in the design, implementation, review, and oversight of human research conducted or supported by the University must complete and maintain the required training to fulfill their obligations to conduct ethical and scientifically-sound research; and to adequately protect human subjects (see the RIO policy manual for training requirements or follow the links below for specific information).

University and affiliate* researchers are required to complete one or more Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) ethics training courses.

All researchers are required to complete Human Subject Research training. This training is required for all study personnel and must be taken at least every five years. A passing score is 80%.

*Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers must comply with VA training requirements. For information, see the VA human subject research page of the Research Integrity website.

Waivers or Alterations for Researcher Training Requirements

On a case-by-case basis, the Director, Research Integrity Office, may waive or alter training requirements for researchers.

Instructions for Human Subject Research (Basic Course) CITI Training for Research Study Team

  1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative login page.
  2. Register as a new user
    Note: if you already have a log in and password, skip to # 6 (below)
  3. Be sure to locate University of Nevada, Reno in the drop down options
  4. When you get to the options for which training you would like to take, scroll down to Question 1: Human Subject Research (Basic Course) choose either Group 1 or Group 2, whichever most closely matches your discipline
    Note: For Human Subjects Research, this is all that is required from the IRB as a Basic Course
    Note: You may have other requirements such as Conflict of Interest (COI) or Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training from other sources
  5. Scroll down and click on continue. You will be taken back to your home page where you will see " Not Started - Enter."
    Note: You may start and stop the modules as many times as needed, log out and back in as time permits, it will pick up where you left off.
  6. Log in using your registered username and password. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, send an e-mail to and she will e-mail the information back to you.
  7. From your homepage, click on: "Add a course or update your learner groups"
  8. Scroll down to question 1: Human Subject Research (Basic Course) and choose the module that most closely matches your discipline
  9. Return to #4 (above) and complete through #5 (above)

Additional Training

Additional requirements for researchers, IRB members and Research Integrity staff

Please refer to Research Integrity Policy 21 for the human subjects training requirements for researchers, Research Integrity staff and IRB members.

IBRNet training and access

All protocols must be submitted through IRBNet.  View step-by-step guides to setting-up and navigating IRBNet