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Continuing Education and Training

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 proejct.

Mandatory 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.

Instructions to access CITI are listed under "Basic Instructions to Use CITI."

Suppplemental training (not required):

Bioethics training:

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