Continuing Education and Training

[updated 23 February 2017]

Persons who conduct investigations and research with humans must have an appreciation for the significance and impact of their work on the subjects. To that end, training is required before any research can be initiated both by federal mandate and Cal Poly Pomona policy.  As of January 1, 2007, all persons (students, faculty, collaborators, etc.) listed as investigators on the protocol must show evidence of human subjects training before the protocol will receive approval by the IRB to conduct the project.

A frequent question to the CPP IRB is "who needs training?".   It depends upon the role.  Those engaged with the participants - e.g., administering consent forms or obtaining data - are required to have CITI training about protections in human subjects research (HSR).   Training/Experience with equipment may need to be documented if a risk is present.   Statisticians analyzing data usually do not need HSR training.   Review the Policy and Procedures manual section 14.17 on "Clarification of investigator roles and level of engagement".   Contact the IRB so we can assist with interpretations.


Mandatory Human Subjects Research and Ethics Training for Investigators:

In 2006, the Cal Poly Pomona IRB adopted the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) series of modules as the means of training.  Collectively, it is called the “CITI course in the protection of human research subjects” and is available on-line at  It consists of more than 30 modules addressing topics in both social science and bio-medical research with people, followed by quizzes to test your knowledge.  The IRB has grouped these modules for various educational purposes at Cal Poly Pomona.  Though you may already have experience and background with human subjects, the IRB could ask that you take additional training appropriate to your proposal application as part of the approval process.

Follow this link for instructions from the CITI group on how to obtain your CITI training and determine whether your research ethics training needs to be renewed/updated.

CITI training presents the facts and history about ethical research and the regulations.  The IRB members and office administration personnel read your protocol and associated documents to assess and assure the application of that knowledge in the protection of human subjects being used in research.


Training to use Cayuse IRB:

While the Cayuse IRB software for protocol processing (submission, review, approval, and upkeep) is intuitive to use, it's worthwhile to spend time learning its ins-and-outs.  Use the guideline for the Cayuse training website and practice in the Cayuse IRB training site at  Utilize the various tutorials like “Submitting a New Protocol” as included in the "5 Steps to IRB Success" on the Getting Started With a New or Existing protocol webpage.

PIs are also encouraged to make an appointment with the IRB office for one-on-one training sessions to learn to navigate IRB.


Presentations on the IRB processes:


Other sources of training:

Bioethics training:

US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (DHHS/OHRP) items:

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research,