Human Subjects Training

Human Subjects Training

Human Subjects Ethics Training
All investigators (faculty, staff and students) are required to complete the CITI Program training in human subjects protection prior to conducting research using human subjects. The CITI Program is an on-line training program and can be found at This training requirement applies regardless of whether such research receives external funding, and it applies to all academic levels. The IRB requires researchers who have active IRB protocols to complete human subjects training every four years. Four years after completing the Basic course, the CITI Refresher course will be required. The Basic and Refresher courses will alternate every four years thereafter. The CITI Program website will prompt researchers to take the appropriate required course at the time of training expiration. Contact with any questions about on-line training.

How to Register and Access the CITI Training Program

  • To begin the CITI program go to 
  • The first time you access the site, click “Register Here” to create an account.
  • Select “George Mason University” from the Participating Institutions drop down menu.
  • Complete all enrollment information.
  • Click the Submit button.

Curriculum Selection:

  • Select “I am interested in Human Subjects Research Courses” – click next
  • Select “I need to enroll in a Basic course” or “I need to enroll in a Refresher course” – click next
  • Select the appropriate human subjects course (Group 1 or Group 2) that is relevant to your discipline and research area – click next
  • If enrolling in the Basic course, select “I have not previously completed an approved Basic course”
  • Affiliate with another institution if applicable, if not, select “No”
  • Click the submit button

Basic Course Instructions 
Prior to conducting any research at Mason using human subjects, you must complete the Basic Human Subjects Research Course, which consists of several user modules.  You must take the modules in the order they are shown and complete a short quiz following each one. You will not be allowed to move to the next module until you have completed each one. You do not have to complete all modules at one time. You may return to the program as many times as you need to complete the course.

In addition to the required modules, there are Optional modules. If the information in any of the optional modules relates to your research, you are required to complete the appropriate optional module. For example, if your research involves minors, you must complete the module on research with children.

When you have completed the basic course, and any applicable optional modules, you will receive a Completion Report. ORIA staff will also receive notification that you have completed the course. Please print a copy of the completion report for your records, and submit a copy of it with your Human Subjects Application.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires education on the protection of human research participants for all key personnel submitting NIH applications for grants or proposals for contracts or receiving new or non-competing awards for projects involving human research participants. The training is required for both exempt and nonexempt research involving human subjects. Mason faculty, staff and students who are key personnel for NIH funded human subjects research can fulfill the NIH training requirement by completing the CITI training.

For Questions about CITI Training

Please contact ORIA at or 703-993-4121 for questions about online training.

Additional In Person Training (Classroom Presentations)

Please contact Sarah Clark, Director, Human Research Protection Program at or 703-993-6801 if you would like to arrange in person training.