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Institutional Review Board Training for Investigators and Staff

Under federal regulations, any research activity involving a human participant cannot commence until all persons involved in the research are appropriately trained. All investigators who submit protocols are required to have IRB training regardless of whether the project is funded or unfunded. This educational requirement includes not only training for the principal investigator but also training for co-investigators, students and any personnel on the project who will be collecting data, intervening with the human participant or who has access to identifiable data. This requirement comes as a condition of UA’s IRB registration and Federalwide Assurance (FWA) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Training must be completed every three years. The Office of Research Compliance will notify investigators of when their training expires.

The training requirement may be fulfilled by completing the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program training module for either medical or non-medical research. CITI training is valid for three (3) years.

University of Alabama faculty, staff, and students can access the CITI Program’s Human Subjects Research Training through their existing myBama accounts. Access to CITI via myBama is ONLY for individuals with valid myBama accounts. UA users should log into the myBama CITI Login Portal using their myBama username and password (NOTE: a separate CITI login is no longer required individuals with myBama accounts)

All other non-UA investigators should go to to access the training.

Select the appropriate training course: 

Medical Research Investigators


Non-Medical Investigators

from the UA curriculum list within the CITI Program.

Training must be completed/updated every three (3) years.

Please note: The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training will not substitute for the basic human subjects training course.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training

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