CITI Training Instructions

Lewis & Clark researchers, faculty, staff, and students can access a variety of online training courses offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) via L&C’s institutional subscription. CITI’s course modules have been developed by national experts and are widely used by colleges and universities around the country. Lewis & Clark currently subscribes to approximately 75 courses (see complete list below) relevant to the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR), research involving human subjects, Animal Care and Use, Financial Conflict of Interest, and Laser Safety.

The following instructions will help you register as a new user, add required and/or optional courses to your portfolio for completion, and complete the online training modules. 

Create an Account (New Users)
  1. Click on the Register button at Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  2. Select Your Organization Affiliation: Type in/select Lewis & Clark College.
    You must affiliate with Lewis & Clark in order for your test score(s) to count.
  3. Follow the instructions to register: you’ll need to agree to the terms of service, affirm your affiliation with L&C, create a user name and password (your L&C password will not work), and provide the requested information.
Add Required and Optional Courses
  1. If you’re not already logged in, login to CITI. Review the detailed Instructions page.
  2. Select your learner group(s): faculty/staff researcher, student researcher, IACUC/IRB committee member, and/or laser user
  3. Answer the questions based on the work you’ll be doing: your responses will add the required courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to add any optional/additional courses of interest.
  4. You may add more courses at any time by clicking on the “Add a Course” button under “Learner Tools for Lewis & Clark College (on the “My Courses” page).

Complete the Online Training 

Click on “My Courses” to begin the course(s) that have been added to your profile. Click the Title of the Course to begin or continue the course. The system will allow you to start the class after you agree to the Integrity Assurance Statement presented at the top. Proceed through the course modules and associated quizzes (some are required and some are optional). There is typically a short quiz (4-10 questions) at the end of each module. Please note:
  • Lewis & Clark requires at least an 80% passing grade on each module. Training is valid for 3-5 years, after which a “refresher” course may need to be taken or the course repeated.
  • You may return to the module and re-take the quiz if necessary.
  • You do not have to complete all of the modules at one time. Your quiz score(s) will be stored and you can return to complete the remaining modules at any time.  
  • Once a course that you’ve taken has expired, CITI will send you an automated email reminder invitation to take any additional required courses in the series (e.g. a refresher course).
  • Your completion certificate(s) will automatically be emailed to the Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance Office, IRB, and/or IACUC. There is no need to forward your certificate.
  • Please contact SPARC if you have questions about the training requirements or need assistance adding courses. Technical issues should be addressed to CITI at or 888-529-5929.

Additional Resources:

Research Training Presentation

In late 2020 the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) launched new Human Research Protection Training that may be of interest to research personnel.

Please contact the Sponsored Projects and Compliance (SPARC) Office with any questions or if you need assistance.