CITI Program at Penn State

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.

CITI trainings are provided on the following topics:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Vertebrate Animal Research (IACUC)
  • Human Subjects Research (IRB)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens (IBC)
  • Yearly Biosafety (IBC)
  • Shipping Biohazardous Biological Materials
  • Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
  • Export Control

Note: RCR training cannot replace the required IRB or IACUC CITI courses. However, the IACUC and IRB training can be accepted in lieu of RCR training for SARI@PSU requirements.

To begin a CITI course, visit If you are unsure which training to take, use this tool to determine which CITI course is required for your research activity and your role at Penn State. For instructions on how to navigate CITI, see here

CITI Course Expiration

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

CITI from Another Institution

Penn State may accept CITI training from another institution if it has not expired and fulfills Penn State training requirements. Generally, IRB and GCP CITI trainings from other institutions are accepted. To transfer your training, download your completion certificate and send it to IACUC training from another institution is reviewed for acceptance on a case by case basis. Please contact for more information.

Non-Penn State Individuals

Non-Penn State individuals should access the CITI Program via New CITI users without Penn State credentials should 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 should log in with their current account, then click on “Affiliate with another institution” to select the appropriate PSU courses. Follow these instructions for affiliating with Penn State.


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 the "View Previously Completed Coursework" link in CITI

Picture of course history and score in CITI