The Office of Research provides research-related courses to the SJSU community at no cost through the online external vendor Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Course topics range from human subjects research, animal care and use, responsible conduct of research, and conflicts of interest. 

To access the CITI 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. Answer the questions provided to determine which courses are applicable to you.
  5. Select Human Subjects Research (Question #2 on the CITI page)
  6. Students only: select “Students conducting no more than minimal risk research.”

Human Subjects Research Training


SJSU policy requires that faculty who wish to conduct or advise students on research involving human subjects complete a training course prior to submitting a protocol to the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB).  An optional training course is also available for students, though faculty may require students to take the course as part of a class assignment. The training requirement can be fulfilled by completing any one the human subjects courses available through CITI.  Refresher courses may be requested from time to time (currently every five years).


A student training module for conducting research involving human subjects is available through CITI. The training for students is recommended but not mandatory unless it is part of a class assignment or you are receiving federal funding for the research. Students should be aware that the advising professor who signs off on protocols submitted to the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) must have completed the training requirement. If the professor has previously completed the training, it is not necessary to include the certificate with every student IRB application.

Only a course selected under the human subjects section will count towards fulfilling the human subjects research training requirement.

Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) Video Tutorials

Our online IRB video tutorials describe everything investigators need to know about the IRB process, including when IRB approval is needed, how long it takes to get approval for different kinds of human subjects research, and what kinds of forms are needed. The tutorials also cover ethical considerations for research involving human subjects.

For additional information about the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board please visit our IRB pages.

Animal Care and Use Training

Providing proof of successful completion of online training in animal welfare policy is a requirement imposed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for all personnel associated with an activity as a matter of securing approval for an animal use protocol. Successful completion of CITI training is required for investigators and graduate students involved in planning and executing the research. Refresher courses may be requested from time to time (currently every three years).

To access courses on animal care and use, follow steps 1-3 at the top of this page, then select Laboratory Animal Research (Question #6 on the CITI page), and select all of the options that apply to you.

For additional information about the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee please visit our IACUC pages.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Important Notice No. 140: Training in Responsible Conduct of Research A Reminder of the NSF Requirement.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

CITI Program’s RCR series consists of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course. Both courses contain modules that cover core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have policies that require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding. 

To access courses in responsible conduct of research, follow steps 1-3 at the top of this page, then select Responsible Conduct of Research (Question #5 on the CITI page), and select any one of the courses under this section that most closely matches your discipline.

Conflicts of Interest Training

A course covering the revised Public Health Service (PHS) regulations associated with financial conflicts of interest and an investigator's responsibilities relating to the disclosure of "Significant Financial Interests" is also available through CITI.

To access the conflicts of interest course, follow steps 1-3 at the top of this page, then select "Yes" under Conflicts of Interest (Question #1 on the CITI page).