Instructions to Register for CITI Training

The NAU IRB uses The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program as its required training in compliance with federal guidelines. All NAU faculty, staff, students, and other researchers planning to conduct or serve as key personnel on research involving human participants must successfully complete the training. All faculty who advise students on research must also take the CITI training.

The CITI program is an online collection of learning modules focusing on different aspects of human subjects research and responsible conduct of research. At the end of each module is a short quiz. Updated quiz results are required every three years. 

Directions for getting started with CITI:  This process may take up to 15 minutes to complete.

  1. Click on the link that takes you to the CITI Program (
  2. Click on Register under Create an account.
  3. Under Participating Institutions, find Northern Arizona University in the drop down box and click on Continue to Step 2.
  4. Fill in your first and last name and email address and click on Continue to Step 3.
  5. Select a User Name and password according to the guidelines. Select a security question and answer and click on Continue to Step 4.
  6. You can choose whether or not to respond to the questions on gender, race and ethnicity. Click on Continue to Step 5.
  7. Unless you are interested in the Continuing Education Unit credits so, you should answer No to these questions and click on Continue to Step 6.
  8. Provide your NAU email address, gender, highest degree obtained, role in research (most likely “Principal Investigator; only NAU IRB board members should select “IRB Member”), office phone, and select a course from among three “Basic Human Subjects” courses depending on your area of focus. If you are conducting research funded by NIH or NSF, select “Responsible Conduct of Research.”  Click on Continue to Step 7.
  9. Check the box that states you will be conducting research with human beings, even if you are not conducting the research yourself. Again, if you are conducting research funded by NIH or NSF, also select “Responsible Conduct of Research.”
  10. If you are registering for the first time, select “No, I have NOT completed the Basic Course…” If you are returning, you can elect to take the refresher course.
  11. Select the Learner Group that most appropriately applies to you (Health & Human Services, Social & Behavioral, or Engineering & Natural Sciences) and click on Next Question. Group 4: IRB Members is only for people serving in the Institutional Review Board only. Do not select this group if you are not on the board. Click Next.
  12. If you indicated that you need to take the RCR, you will be directed to a list of the available RCR courses. Select the one that is most appropriate for you (e.g., RCR for Biomedical Investigators: Undergraduate Students).
  13. You will come to a screen that states that your registration with NAU is complete. You can either affiliate with an additional institution or go directly to Finalize registration.
  14. CITI will send you an email message with a link to finalize your registration and begin taking the modules. Click on the link when you are ready to take the modules.
  15. To begin reviewing the modules and taking the quizzes, enter your new user name and password.
  16. Click on Northern Arizona University Courses.
  17. Click on the title of the Course in blue.
  18. Click on the Integrity Assurance Statement and read the information. You must respond to the item at the bottom in order to move ahead with the quizzes. 
  19. Once you have responded to the Integrity Assurance Statement, you will be brought back to a screen with your list of modules and the first module highlighted in blue. You need to score 80% or better in each module to be considered passing. Each module will become available once you have taken the preceding one. CITI does not allow you to take the modules in a different order.
  20. Once you have completed the required quizzes, you may also elect Optional modules such as Research with Children or Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, among others. The Optional modules become available only after you have taken the core course.
  21. The IRB no longer requires you to produce your CITI completion report because office staff will look you up through CITI. You can print or save your completion report for other purposes.
  22. You can log back into CITI to 
    • take unfinished modules; 
    • change your learner group; 
    • access your tutorial completion; 
    • add or change your affiliated institution.

**Remember that your CITI login and password may not be the same as your NAU login and password.