Training & Education

Video Presentations Library

HRP conducts many different types of educational programs.  Please visit the Index to find course descriptions, slides, and recordings when available.


CITI Access


For human subject research, please start with the CITI training portal.  

Training Courses

At a minimum, the IRB requires successful completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research course and one of the Human Subject courses prior to accessing the IRB application (PittPRO) and prior to any interactions/interventions with human subjects or identifiable private information. It is the Principal Investigator's responsibility to ensure that all members of the study team complete the required training based on the research being conducted and complete the refresher courses before they expire.

CITI offers two human subjects training courses. The learner has the opportunity to select the course most relevant to their discipline.

  • Biomedical
  • Social-Behavioral-Educational

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced a new policy that requires Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for all NIH funded “clinical trials” effective on January 1, 2017. The University is extending this requirement to all research studies that meet the definition of a clinical trial regardless of the funding source. All Investigators and research team members who are engaged in the conduct, oversight or management of clinical trials (as defined by the NIH) must complete the CITI GCP training course before they participate in any research activities effective January 1, 2017.

Refresher Courses

All Learners will be required to complete Refresher Courses for the Responsible Conduct of Research and Human Subjects Research courses every 4 years. Learners required to complete the GCP course must complete the Refresher Courses every 3 years. CITI will send an email reminder before the courses are due to expire.  It is important to remember that current training certifications must be maintained throughout the conduct of the research and cannot be expired at any time during the research process.

Continuing Education Credits

HRPO provides continuing education credits (CEUs) for all our programs through the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences office. Credits are awarded only if attendees complete the CEU form available at the registration table for each event. Credit transcripts can be downloaded from the Center for Continuing Education.