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Training & Education


Northwestern University requires all individuals involved in the conduct of human subjects research to complete human subjects protection training and to re-certify their training every 3 years. IRB approval will be withheld if these training requirements are not met.

These requirements apply to all persons engaged in human research and listed on the eIRB+ study application. Those individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Principal Investigator and Co-investigators,
  • Individuals named on a study grant or contract proposal,
  • Individuals listed on an FDA form 1572 for the conduct of the research at NU or at an affiliate institution,
  • Individuals who are responsible for the informed consent process or recruitment of research participants, and
  • Individuals who obtain individually identifiable health information under a Northwestern Business Associate Agreement.

Initial Training

Any one of the following satisfies the initial training requirements and meet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) education requirements.

Previous Training

If training was completed at another institution, please send a .pdf copy of the completion report to to determine if it meets Northwestern’s training requirements.


Re-certification is required every 3 years.  Please note, the CITI refresher course may fulfill this requirement 3 times.  The CITI basic course will be required on the 4th recertification. Any of the options below satisfy Northwestern’s re-certification training requirements.

* Updating training in eIRB+:If training is completed through any method other than CITI with Northwestern University affiliation, you must send a copy of your completion report to in order to update your eIRB+ profile.


Verify Training Status

CITI Training Report (Current Through 04/30/2020)

This file contains only research personnel at Northwestern who have completed training through the CITI website (initial or refresher course) within the last 3 years. Training completed elsewhere (NIH, a live Investigator 101 session, CITI training through another institution) is not listed. Email or contact the IRB office with questions.

This spreadsheet is updated on a monthly basis, but individual eIRB+ profiles are updated daily.

All training recorded in eIRB+ through 09/19/18

This file contains Northwestern research personnel who have completed any of the training options accepted by the NU IRB within the last 3 years, as recorded in eIRB+. Names of individuals who completed training at another institution or via the NIH online course but have not sent documentation to will not be captured by this report.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing training through CITI does NOT register you to use eIRB+. Northwestern staff and/or affiliates must create an eIRB+ profile separately.   You can find instructions here: Registration Process

  • Instructions on how to be added to studies can be found here: Personnel Changes
  • Screenshots and instructions to navigate the CITI website can be found here: CITI FAQs