Educational Requirements

All principal investigators, co-investigators, and research staff are required to receive training regarding the protection of human research subjects prior to beginning any human research-related activities. This training will be verified prior to iRIS access being granted.

Required Training

Each person conducting or assisting with a research project that involves human participants is first required to complete training on ethical and regulatory issues.

The course approved by TTUHSC El Paso is the web-based Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects-Human Subjects Research administered by the University of Miami through the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI).

To begin the online course, go to and select "Register for the Course." After selecting Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso (not Texas Tech University) as your institution, you will be directed to select a username and password. You do not need an eRaider account to complete the training. If you have a TTUHSC email, please use this as the main email. You should include a secondary email as well. “On the CITI registration page you will need to select "Human Subjects Research Course” and “Conflict of Interest Course.  Research personnel (investigators and staff) who are working in a coordinator role will also need to complete the Clinical Research Coordinator Course.”

Please use your TTUHSC email for registration.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a course transcript. TTUHSC El Paso is also notified of your successful completion of the course, but we are not provided with a copy of it. You will be required to achieve an overall score of at least 80% to successfully complete the course. You can also log back in at any time to print your completion report by clicking on “View previously completed coursework.”

All investigators and research staff are required to renew their education training on the protection of human research subjects at least once every three years. The ability to submit new projects or continuing reviews of ongoing projects may be limited if more than three years elapse between completion of the course. The renewal training is identical to the initial CITI course.

As of August 31, 2013, training regarding financial conflicts of interest in research is required of all investigators and research staff involved in non-exempt human research.

TTUHSC El Paso is also using CITI ( for this training. Instructions for completing the training can be found here.

TTUHSC EP OP 73.09 requires that principal investigators and research staff update their financial disclosure forms on at least an annual basis, or within 30 days of a change in significant financial interests. The link is at: