Training and Education

All UMASS Amherst human subject investigators must complete an online training program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The required training modules are divided in two categories, Group 1 Biomedical research Investigators and Key Personnel; and Group 2 Social Behavioral and Education Research Investigators and Key Personnel.  Please select the one that best corresponds to the nature of your research. The CITI program must be completed prior to submitting protocols to the IRB. 

PLEASE NOTE: All human subjects researchers at UMass are required to complete a CITI Training refresher every 5 years.   The refresher takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. If CITI training is expired (over 5 years) IRB submissions such as new studies, revisions, renewals will not be processed until the CITI refresher has been completed.  (Note: Those who were grandfathered in with other training such as the NIH or VA training, must now complete the CITI training.)” 

CITI Human Subjects Training (Required)

IRB application materials must include the certificates of completion of the CITI Training Course for all investigators - including faculty, staff and students - who are engaged in the planning, conduct, or analysis of research that includes the use of human subjects.

Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) Educational Videos (Optional)

OHRP has created educational videos on the Health & Human Services YouTube channel. The videos are accessible through the OHRP Playlist and include:

  1. General Informed Consent Requirements (Research Subject)
  2. General Informed Consent Requirements (Research Investigator)
  3. IRB Membership
  4. Research Use of Human Biological Specimens and Other Private Information
  5. Reviewing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems and Adverse Events.


Human Research Protection Office (HRPO)
110 Research Administration Building
70 Butterfield Terrace
University Of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9242

Phone: (413) 545-3428
FAX: (413) 577-1728