Mandatory training

To comply with a federal requirement to provide training and education in the protection of human participants in research, SUNY Oswego requires mandatory and continuing education for all investigators and research personnel involved with human participants.

There are two acceptable training certification programs available, CITI and NIH training. The CITI training is the preferred program and the NIH training will be eliminated as an option next year. Existing NIH certificates will remain acceptable but once they expire (3 years) holders will need to take the CITI training.

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program can be accessed at

This is the page to use to login to the CITI program. It requires an initial registration. A document that will step you through that registration can be found here - Starting Your CITI Training.

There are a number of courses that you can take, once logged in to CITI. For the purposes of demonstration that you have completed an acceptable training program, research personnel should complete the Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher course. This course contains 13 modules and will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Once completed, a completion record can be viewed and printed and submitted with HSC proposals.

Research personnel can complete NIH (National Institutes of Health) Training, Sections 1 - 6 and save and print your certificate. This free training course should take approximately two hours to complete. NIH certification is good for three years.

Register for the NIH course or sign in

The Human Subjects Committee is reviewing other training opportunities and if appropriate they will be added as approved alternatives to the NIH program. For students and faculty who have come to Oswego having completed a different training program while at another institution, that certification may be an acceptable substitute. A copy of the appropriate certification must be included in any submission.