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Human Subject Protection Education

As described in HRP-103 - INVESTIGATOR MANUAL, investigators and staff conducting research involving human subjects research must complete human subjects protections (HSP) education. This requirement extends to anyone engaged in the research including individuals who collect data about human subjects, those conducting study procedures or interventions, and those who have access to private, identifiable information. This requirement applies to all human subjects research regardless of funding or source of sponsorship. Members of the research team who have not completed HSP training may not be engaged in human subjects research.

Training is valid for a three (3) year period, after which time the training must be repeated or a refresher course taken.

Choose one of CITI courses listed below to complete at (for CITI registration and course selection instructions click here).  Please note, either the Basic or Refresher version of these courses will satisfy the training requirement:

  • Biomedical Investigators and Key Personnel

  • Social/Behavioral Investigators and Key Personnel

  • IRB Members

  • VA Human Subjects Protection

  • VA Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practices

  • Biomedical Research (for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center affiliated investigators)

  • Good Clinical Practice*

Important Note: The CITI “Responsible Conduct of Research” and “GCP-Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research*” courses are not valid for IRB Certification.

Other courses eligible for IRB certification:

  • USF IRB Annual Study Team Research Retreat

  • USF IRB Student Researcher Workshop

  • "Research Ethics Training Curriculum for Community Representatives" (FHI360) Family Health International Program

  • Some CITI courses from other institutions (validated on a case-by-case basis – contact the ARC Help Desk at for details).


Find & Print Your Certificates - Certificates are posted and ARC Profiles updated within two business days after completion for USF investigators

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