All persons conducting research involving human subjects or engaged in animal research must have on file with the Mercer University Office of Research Compliance a valid certificate of CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) training completion appropriate to their area of research. For questions regarding your specific research training requirements, contact your institutional administrator.
The Office of Research Compliance automatically receives a copy of the certificate. You may return to the course site at any time before the expiration date of your training to obtain a copy of the certificate.
Completion of Refresher Courses is required once every three years for all personnel listed on approved continuing research protocols.
Use the following links to jump directly to a section of information regarding the CITI Training Program and your research requirements as an investigator:
CITI Training Resources
- Download the CITI Instruction Page (Adobe PDF)
- Download the Mercer CITI User Instruction Guide (Adobe PDF)
- Get more information on the CITI Website
If you have technical concerns regarding the CITI Training Program or your training modules, please email Citisupport@med.miami.edu or call 305-243-7970.
IRB CITI Requirements
All Mercer University faculty, staff, and students who are involved in research using human subjects must complete approved education in Human Subjects Protection.
IACUC CITI Requirements
The Animal Welfare Act, Animal Welfare Regulations, and PHS Policy require institutions to provide training for all personnel engaged in animal research to include, but not limited to, the following: Principal Investigators, research associates, post-doctorate fellows, students, animal facility personnel, and IACUC members. Such personnel shall participate in a formal training program which will consist of a Web-based tutorial or one-on-one training as deemed necessary by the Principal Investigator, University Veterinarian, and/or the IACUC. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) documents and confirms the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training.
As of September 27, 2013, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) mandated Animal Facility Emergency Training for all researchers and other personnel involved in animal care, use, or treatment. The IACUC has implemented an animal facility emergency plan training through CITI Program. Animal care facilities have also implemented training for researchers and personnel who are involved with the care of animals and animal users to adhere to the mandated requirement. Please contact your animal facility administration regarding the completion of their emergency training for the animal facility.
All researchers and other personnel involved in animal care or use are required to complete, at the minimum, the following modules:
*Choose the animal-specific course module(s) applicable to your research project including: Amphibians, Cats, Dogs, Ferrets, Fish, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Horses, Mice, Non-Human Primates, Rabbits, Rats, Reptiles, Swine, and Zebrafish
The University Attending Veterinarian or the IACUC will determine, on a project-by-project basis, the need of additional training for the investigator and research staff. To ensure proficiency in all protocol-related animal procedures, specific hands-on training occurs on an individual or as needed basis by qualified staff or by the Veterinarian. For example, training is required, in husbandry procedures for the particular species involved in the protocol procedures performed on the animals.
Any training mandated by the University Attending Veterinarian or the IACUC will be communicated to the principal investigator. Once accomplished, documentation of the mandated training will be on file with the ORC. The investigator should maintain copies of the mandated training and have the training documents available for the semi-annual program and facility inspections.
Refresher Course Requirements
All research personnel listed on approved IACUC protocols MUST complete the CITI Refresher Course training in laboratory animal use once every three years. Training verification will occur at the time of the annual continuation of the existing protocol and at the submission of all new or three-year renewal protocol applications.
The IACUC will not review applications until the CITI training requirement is complete.