IRB Training & Certification

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers an online IRB training course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program For The Protection of Human Research Subjects. The course was designed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to cover issues relevant to research at UAA.

This training is up-to-date and meets the federal requirements for training in human subjects protections. We suggest that you remember your login, so you can always go back in and complete as time allows. 

Access to the CITI IRB training course

The training course can be accessed here:

  1. Click the "Register Here" link on the main page. Select "University of Alaska Anchorage" as your participating institution from the drop down menu. Complete the registration process.
  2. In the CITI Course Registration page, enter your contact information. If you do not have a UAA identification number, enter "0000000" (no quotation marks).
  3. Once you've completed registration, click on the "Go Back to Learner's Main Menu" link. This will display CITI courses that you have not started or may have already completed. On the Learner's Menu page, under Status, click on the "Not Started-Enter" link to access the training course.
  4. If you have not selected any courses, click the "Add a course or update your learner groups" link. Select the course titled, "University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty, Staff and Students, Basic Course." 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I see a lot of courses offered that do not pertain to human subjects research. Do I have to complete any other courses for IRB training?
A: No. If a) your instructor requires you to complete human subjects training for a course or b) you are submitting a study for IRB review, complete the course titled "University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty, Staff and Students, Basic Course."

Q: How long does it take to complete the online training through UAA?
A: The training can take approximately 6-10 hours to complete. You must pass the course with a minimum 80% completion score.

Q: Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?
A: No. You can save and complete sections of the course as long as you remember your CITI username and password.

Q: How long is my training certificate good for?
A: An IRB Training Certificate is good for three years.  This certificate is included when submitting a proposal to the IRB. The Principal Investigator should include training certificates for all others involved with implementing the actual research when submitting a proposal for review.

Q: What happens when my online training expires after three years?
A: Once your CITI training course in human subjects research has expired, you will be able to complete a refresher course using the original login and password. To access your original login information, click the "Forgot login information" link on the front page.

Q: How do I save a PDF copy of my certificate to my computer?
A: Click the "Print Completion Report" link next to the course you completed. If you do not see this link next to a completed course, click the link "Modules Completed" next to the course you completed. Select File. Select Print. Under the Printer Name drop down menu, select "Adobe PDF." This should be your first option to select in the menu. Click OK. This should allow you to save a PDF file to your computer.

Q: If one of my research collaborators, associates, or assistants completed IRB training through an outside institution, will the UAA IRB accept it?
A: Yes. If the training certificate is within the three year period, the UAA IRB will accept the certificate. However, all UAA faculty, staff, students, and employees who conduct human subjects research should complete the UAA IRB training.