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Training Information

Federal guidelines require that the investigator and colleagues provide evidence of human subjects research training for the purpose of protecting the human subjects involved. Prior to Drake IRB approval of an Expedited or Full-Board proposal the investigator and her/his colleagues must provide Drake IRB with proof of training completion.

As of Fall 2018 Drake accepts training from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Your Drake email address will allow you to register and select the certification necessary for your research.

This training is designed to prepare investigators involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human subjects to understand their obligations to protect the rights and welfare of subjects in research. The course material presents basic concepts, principles, and issues related to the protection of research participants. a research ethics training collaborative. You can access the website at this link:

 To access a CITI course, you must first register by clicking on the button in the top right corner of the screen. Enter “Drake University” as your institutional affiliation, agree to the terms of service and privacy policy, and affirm your affiliation with Drake. Then click “Continue to Create your CITI Program Username/Password.” The following screens will present you with a series of steps that you must complete to register your account with CITI.

You should now be able to sign into the CITI training program using the username and password that you have created. After you sign in, scroll to the bottom of your personalized welcome page and locate the section titled “Learner Tools for Drake University.” Click “Add a Course.” Answer the four questions on the next page, which will enable you to access training modules for biomedical or social/behavioral research. First-time investigators should take either the “Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research” or the “Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research” course, depending on the nature of the intended research. Clicking the “Submit” button at the bottom of this page will return you to your personalized welcome page. The course(s) that you selected should now be available for you to take.

If you have questions about the CITI training, please contact IRB Administration at or 515-271-DIRB (3472).

Individuals in the following categories must complete the Drake University Human Subject Research Education Program:

  • The Drake University Institutional Official (Provost of the University)
  • All IRB members
  • Drake University faculty serving as Principal Investigators
  • Any Drake project staff conducting the informed consent process
  • All Drake project staff designated by the Principal Investigator
  • Drake University faculty serving as teaching faculty to Drake students who are involved in exempt or non-exempt research projects
  • Drake students who are conducting non-exempt research (i.e. research that is subject to either expedited review or full IRB review; See Section 5.2)
  • Principal investigators from non-Drake facilities who do not have certification of education from another institution's IRB and who are conducting research with the consent of the Drake IRB or under the responsibility of the University and
  • Project staff from non-Drake facilities who are conducting the consent process either within Drake or with the consent of the Drake IRB and who do not have certification of education from another institution's IRB
  • Anyone serving as a Principal Investigator in a non-exempt submission

Mandatory education and certification must be completed before IRB approval of any new project, revisions or amendments to existing projects or renewals of existing projects. Training must be renewed every three years. Individuals are responsible for sending IRB a copy of their training certificate of completion to

The following individuals are exempt from human subject's research education requirements:

  • Research staff who perform standard of care procedures in connection with a protocol
  • Research staff who analyze data, if the data do not contain identifying information (e.g. name, social security number)

Please contact the IRB with any questions or concerns
515-271-DIRB (3472)

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