Recertification

All BUMC/BMC human researchers must be recertified every three years. Individuals with expired training will not be permitted to submit new protocols to the IRB, nor be named on any new protocols, nor added to existing protocols until the recertification requirements have been met.

Details of the certification requirements can be found on the page entitled Human Subjects Protection Training.

Also see Who Does and Who Does Not Need Recertification.

This current page provides directions for accessing the CITI web site which is where the courses are offered that allow investigators to become “Recertified.”  We suggest that you print this page before navigating to the CITI website.  The instructions below will be helpful to you as you navigate on that site.


I am registering to CITI for the first time

  1. Navigate to: https://www.citiprogram.org/
  2. To register for the first time, click on “Register”.
  3. Complete the registration form: Please note these important steps:
    • In Step 1, in the “Select Your Organization Affiliation” field, type in the word “Boston” and all institutions with “Boston” in their name will be displayed in the drop down list; select “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center” (make sure you don’t select “Boston University” which is for the Charles River Campus).
    • In Step 2 “Personal information”, for the primary email address, enter your BU email address (@bu.edu) if you have one; otherwise, enter your preferred email.
    • In step 6, for the Institutional Email Address, enter your BU email address (@bu.edu) if you have one; otherwise, enter your preferred email.
    • In step 7 question 1, select “Medical Campus Biomedical Researchers” or “Medical Campus Sociobehavioral Researchers”, whichever is better aligned with your type of research.
    • In step 7 question 2, either select “Yes, please enroll me in the Biomedical Refresher Course” or “Yes, please enroll me in the Social & Behavioral Refresher Course. “, whichever is better aligned with your type of research.
    • In step 7 question 3, select “BUMC HIPAA Module”, which is required for all researchers.
    • When you’re done filling out the form, click on “Complete Registration”.
    • Click on “Finalize Registration”. This will finalize the registration and log you in into the Main Menu of your CITI account.
  4. Click on “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center Courses” to show the available courses.
  5. Click on a course name to take that course.
  6. If this is the first time you are visiting this page, then you need to click on “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course”; select “I agree…”; and then click “Submit”. If you have already done this, skip this step.
  7. You should notice that the first module listed under “Required Modules” is clickable now. Click on the module to start reading it and taking the quiz.
  8. As soon as one module is completed, the next module (if there is one) will be available or clickable.

Once you pass a course, the system will email your certificate to the IRB on the next morning. There is no need for you to send the IRB a copy of your certificate unless specifically requested to do so by the IRB. Your CITI training information will automatically be uploaded the next morning directly into the IRB’s INSPIR system and into your INSPIR account if you already have one.


I am already registered to CITI under Boston University Medical Center

  1. Navigate to: https://www.citiprogram.org/
  2. Log in into your existing CITI account using the username and password you previously registered with. This should take you to the Main Menu of your CITI account.
  3. If there are no options visible under “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center Courses”, click on “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center Courses” to show the available courses.
  4. If the course(s) that you want to take are listed here, skip to step 5. If the course(s) that you want to take are not listed here, then:
    1. Click on “Add a Course or Update your Learner Groups”.
    2. In question 1, select “Medical Campus Biomedical Researchers” or “Medical Campus Sociobehavioral Researchers”, whichever is better aligned with your type of research.
    3. In question 2, either select “Yes, please enroll me in the Biomedical Refresher Course” or “Yes, please enroll me in the Social & Behavioral Refresher Course. “, whichever is better aligned with your type of research.
    4. In question 3, select “BUMC HIPAA Module”, which is required for all researchers.  Note:  if you had previously completed this module, you will not have to repeat it.  It will show up in your profile as already completed.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Submit”. This will take you back to the Main Menu page.
  5. You will see the selected courses listed under “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center Courses”. Click on a course name to take that course.
  6. If this is the first time you are visiting this page, then you need to click on “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course”; select “I agree…”; and then click “Submit”. If you have already done this, skip this step.
  7. You should notice that the first module listed under “Required Modules” is clickable now. Click on the module to start reading it and taking the quiz.
  8. As soon as one module is completed, the next module (if there is one) will be available or clickable.

Once you pass a course, the system will email your certificate to the IRB on the next morning. There is no need for you to send the IRB a copy of your certificate unless specifically requested to do so by the IRB. Your CITI training information will automatically be uploaded the next morning directly into the IRB’s INSPIR system and into your INSPIR account if you already have one.


I am already registered to CITI under a different institution other than Boston University Medical Center

  1. Navigate to: https://www.citiprogram.org/
  2. Log in into your existing CITI account using the username and password you previously registered with under the other institution. This should take you to the Main Menu of your CITI account.
  3. Click on “Click here to affiliate with another institution”.
  4. Click again on “Click here to affiliate with another institution”.
  5. Complete the registration form: Please note these important steps:
    • In the “Select Your Organization Affiliation” field, type in the word “Boston” and all institutions with “Boston” in their name will be displayed in the drop down list; select “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center” (make sure you don’t select “Boston University” which is for the Charles River Campus).
    • For the “Preferred Email” field, enter your BU email address (@bu.edu) if you have one; otherwise, enter your preferred email.
    • In question 1, select “Medical Campus Biomedical Researchers” or “Medical Campus Sociobehavioral Researchers”, whichever is better aligned with your type of research (see image below).
    • In question 2, either select “Yes, please enroll me in the Biomedical Refresher Course” or “Yes, please enroll me in the Social & Behavioral Refresher Course. “, whichever is better aligned with your type of research.
    • In question 3, select “BUMC HIPAA Module”, which is required for all researchers.
    • When you’re done filling out the form, click on “Next”.
  6. Click on “Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center Courses” to show the available courses.
  7. Click on a course name to take that course.
  8. If this is the first time you are visiting this page, then you need to click on “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course”; select “I agree…”; and then click “Submit”. If you have already done this, skip this step.
  9. You should notice that any modules already taken under the other institution’s training will show up as completed, and only modules that were never completed under any institution, will show up as “Incomplete” and they are clickable now. Click on the module to start reading it and taking the quiz.
  10. As soon as one module is completed, the next module (if there is one) will be available or clickable.

Once you pass a course, the system will email your certificate to the IRB on the next morning. There is no need for you to send the IRB a copy of your certificate unless specifically requested to do so by the IRB. Your CITI training information will automatically be uploaded the next morning directly into the IRB’s INSPIR system and into your INSPIR account if you already have one.