CITI Program at Penn State

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Certain trainings required by the Offices for Research Protections and Export Compliance are completed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, known as CITI. These requirements include research compliance and protections trainings, as well as training for the completion of SARI@PSU requirements.

Note: RCR training cannot replace the required IRB or IACUC CITI courses.


Researchers cannot submit their individual CITI certifications to PSU/COM. Certifications must come directly from the CITI office. Please use the information below to either create or connect your CITI account with Penn State.


CITI Course Expiration

  • IACUC, IRB, and GCP trainings are valid for 3 years, whether the initial course or refresher.
    • For expiring IACUC or IRB training, complete the refresher course. For expiring GCP, retake the full course.
  • Biosafety and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training must be completed annually. 
    • For expiring OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training, retake the full course.
    • For expiring Yearly Biosafety training, add a new Biosafety course.
  • RCR training does not expire. 
  • When training is about to expire, an email notification will be sent from the CITI Program.

CITI from Another Institution

  • Note: do NOT create a a new CITI account, as that will result in duplicate records
  • IRB:
    • First, follow the instructions for affiliating your existing CITI account with Penn State. 
    • Second, register for the Penn State basic human subjects research course, even if you've already completed the basic course at a different institution. Registering for the basic course will transfer applicable modules into your profile. 
    • Finally, complete any remaining Penn State modules to fulfill your training requirements. 
  • IACUC:
    • At University Park, training from another institution is reviewed for acceptance on a case by case basis. Please contact for more information.  For College of Medicine, see here.
  • IBC:
    • Penn State's Regulated Biohazardous Materials program does not accept outside training. Please take/retake any required Safety training via CITI. Be sure to log in using your appropriate PSU location. 

Affiliate with Penn State 

Non-Penn State individuals should access the CITI Program via

  • New CITI users without Penn State credentials: Click “Register” to create an account, then select either “Pennsylvania State University” or “Pennsylvania State Univ – Hershey Courses.”
  • Previous CITI users without Penn State credentials: Log-in with current account, then click on “Affiliate with another institution” to select either “Pennsylvania State University” or “Pennsylvania State Univ – Hershey Courses.”
  • Enroll in the appropriate PSU courses.
  • Need more help?  Follow these CITI instructions for affiliating with another insitution.


CITI Course History

To view your CITI course completion history,  click “View Previously Completed Coursework” from the Main Menu page under “My Learner Tools.” A history of your courses, scores, completion dates, and expiration dates will appear. To share this information, find the appropriate course, and then choose “View/Print” to download or print the record; choose “Share” to create a link to your completion record.

Picture of course history and score in CITI