IRB: Researcher Training

Faculty and Staff

SJSU policy requires that faculty and staff who intend to conduct research involving human subjects or who will supervise student research complete a training course prior to the first-time submission of a protocol to the IRB. Refresher courses are required by the Office of Research every five years.

San Jose State University has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to fulfill the mandatory training requirement. CITI provides different types of courses for human subjects research depending upon the discipline area of the researcher.

To access the human subjects research training courses:

  1. Visit the CITI website.
  2. After you have created an account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses.
  3. Click on "add a course or update learner groups."
  4. Select any one of the courses under question #2 that most closely matches your discipline. NOTE: CITI offers courses on a variety of topics related to responsible conduct of research. While you may complete any of the courses available, only a course selected under question #2 will count towards fulfilling the human subjects research training requirement.

    Screenshot of human subjects research course options in CITI

  5. Once you have completed the course, either attach the transcript report to your protocol submission or email a pdf copy of the transcript to the Human Protections Analyst. The course transcript is not automatically delivered to the Office of Research.

If you have previously completed the training, it is not necessary to include the transcript with every protocol submission. The Office of Research will keep your transcript on file until it is time for you to complete a refresher course (every five years).

Faculty may also choose to assign a training course to students in a research methods class or to students preparing a protocol for submission to the IRB.


Completing a training course in humans subjects research is not mandatory for students submitting a protocol to the IRB, but it is highly recommended.  The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) provides a course specifically for students who wish to conduct human subjects research. To access the student course:

  1. Visit the CITI website.
  2. After you have created an account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses.
  3. Click on "add a course or update learner groups."
  4. Go to question #2 and select “Students conducting no more than minimal risk research.”

Students are required to have a faculty supervisor who has fulfilled the training requirements sign off on a protocol submitted to the IRB. SJSU policy regards the faculty supervisor as the primary investigator for student research.