Human Subjects Research Training for Investigators
All individuals (PNWU students, faculty, staff as well as investigators who are not affiliated with PNWU) conducting human subject research, whether on the PNWU campus or elsewhere, must have training in responsible conduct of research and protection of human subjects.
PNWU’s preferred educational training in human subject research protection is provided by the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program (citiprogram.org) for social & behavioral and biomedical research. CITI education certificates are accepted at most institutions across the country and are easily transferable to these other institutions. The formal CITI educational training in human subject research protection certifications are valid for four years from date of certification. If outside the four-year time frame, re-training must be obtained before an IRB application is submitted. Human subject training certifications must remain current throughout the period of the study.
In rare cases, other training in human subject research protection, such as NIH Office of Extramural Research Protecting Human Subject Research Participants, may be considered at the approval of the Institutional Official (IO). Other non-certificate based programs of educational training in human subject research protection are valid at PNWU for only one project and for one year from the documented date of completion and signed attestation statement. This type of educational training in human subject research protection is generally not easily transferable to other institutions. If outside the one-year time frame, re-training must occur and be documented.