Training | Webster University

Training

The purpose of research ethics training is to ensure that all regulatory and ethical factors are known and considered by all researchers, ensuring the highest standards in human subject protection.

Webster University requires that research ethics training must be completed by all individuals who are conducting research involving human subjects. This includes not only the Principal Investigator, but anyone who will be in contact with human participants or their data, including the faculty sponsor (if the Principal Investigator is a student).

The preferred training course* is administered via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and includes modules on human subjects research and biomedical research ethics. The completed training is valid for three (3) years from the date of completion. 

Webster University covers the cost of the preferred CITI training course for Webster University faculty, students, and staff members only. Researchers who are not affiliated with Webster University are still required to submit proof of training, which must be covered by other financial means.

IRB applications will not be reviewed before proof of training (Completion Certificate) are on file for all researchers and, if necessary, all faculty sponsors. Completion Certificates must be submitted with each IRB application to irb@webster.edu

*If you have completed this or other training at a different institution, you may submit this proof of training (Completion Certificate) in place of completing the CITI training at this time. Outside training certificates are valid to the Webster IRB for three (3) years from the date of completion.

Instructions for accessing the CITI training modules:

University researchers should first visit the CITI website (https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/) to initially register. 

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Note: If you are already a CITI member:

  • Login on the far right hand side of the CITI homepage.
  • Click the tab for Webster University Courses, then click “click here” to add a course, which should take you to the menu of the basic courses.
  • If you took courses through another institution then follow the Affiliate with another Institution instructions.

All Webster University faculty, students, and staff conducting human subjects or biomedical research will need to have a record of their research compliance on file prior to conducting any research.

If you have any questions about CITI, please contact ccorley@webster.edu. Please direct IRB-related questions to the IRB Expeditor (Kara Carline) or IRB Chair (Vicki Coopmans) at irb@webster.edu.