Human Research Protection Program

Required Training

The University of Georgia (UGA) has chosen to subscribe to the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) for all of its online based human research training. All UGA researchers who are engaged in human research must complete an educational program on ethics and procedures for the use of human subjects research from CITI before the IRB may review a submission.


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Access the portal
To complete the IRB training, you must access the Professional Education Portal (PEP).
Log in using your UGA MyID and password.
Using the search box in the top-right corner of the screen, search for “CITI” and choose a course.
Click “Launch.” This will take you to the CITI website.
Click “Add a course” under “My Learner Tools for University of Georgia” in the lower left
part of the screen.
Select a Human Subjects (IRB Course) in Question 1
Since several courses are available, be sure to select a course under Human Subjects Courses (IRB) in Question 1, not Responsible Conduct of Research/RCR which is Item #2.
Select a training modules/group(s) appropriate for your research activities.
This should take you back to the home screen, and you should see the course you
selected listed under University of Georgia Courses. Click on the course to begin. Follow
on-screen instructions from there.
Complete the training
Complete all the required modules and associated quizzes.  A passing score of 80% or better is needed for successful completion of the course. Important: If you do not complete all the required modules in one session, you can re-enter the course as needed to complete the training.
If you need to provide proof of completion to your instructor for credit, make sure to
use the completion certificate from within CITI, not the completion screen from the PEP

Researchers should select the track that is most appropriate to the type of research that will be conducted. The Social and Behavioral Research Module (S&BR) relates to studies on sociological, psychological, anthropological, or educational investigations including observational and survey research and work with population and/or epidemiological studies. There are also specific S&BR tracks if your research involves children, foreign countries (international), internet, pregnant women, or prisoners. The Biomedical Research Module would apply for medical, physiological, or pharmacological studies. Note: if you become involved in more than one project and the population or procedures are different, you may be required to take additional courses):

  • Social & Behavioral Research
  • Social & Behavioral Research – Children
  • Social & Behavioral Research – International
  • Social & Behavioral Research – Children & International
  • Social & Behavioral Research – Internet
  • Social & Behavioral Research – Pregnant Women
  • Social & Behavioral Research – Prisoners
  • Bio-Medical Research

Yes, but your records need to be associated with UGA. To do this, you must access the Professional Education Portal (PEP).
Log in using your UGA MyID and password.
Using the search box in the top-right corner of the screen, search for “CITI” and choose a course.
Click “Launch.”  This will take you to the CITI website.
Choose the option that instructs you to link your SSO (Single Sign On) account.
Login with the credentials you used to access CITI at your former institution.
Following this action, your UGAID will be associated to your CITI account and your CITI account will be affiliated with UGA. After you have completed this process, you will be able to access the list of modules required by UGA IRB. The list will update to include any that you’ve already completed and show those that will still need to be completed.
See “Required CITI Training” and “Which CITI modules should I take?” above for additional instructions.

1)      Go to

Professional Education Portal – Welcome to the new PEP

Welcome to the new PEP Log In. The Professional Education Portal (PEP) is a cutting-edge tool to support your professional development and research-related educational needs at the University of Georgia

and log in.

2)      In the search bar on the top right of the page, enter “Social & Behavioral Research” and click the first option that appears.

3)      On the page for Social & Behavioral Research, the right side of the screen will show a red bar that says View Completion Page. Click the Down Arrow on the right side of this bar, then click Launch.

4)      This should bring you to the CITI page that says University of Georgia. Click the View Courses button.

5)      On the next screen, you should see your Refresher Course listed there. Once you complete the course, please wait 24 hours for the IRB Portal to update with your new training.

This individual may take the CITI training through UGA but must have a UGA affiliate account.
Affiliate MyID accounts are sponsored by a UGA office, or by a current faculty or staff member. These sponsorships are typically created by first contacting the UGACard Office or Office of Research for a UGA ID.
The principal investigator’s department business office my request the MyID from EITS.

If you are required by sponsor contract or federal granting agency to complete Good Clinical Practice training, also choose one of the following in Question 4 (see the NIH Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-Funded Clinical Trails or FAQs at ):
Refresher training is required every three years.

  • Basic GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices (U.S. FDA Focus)
  • Basic GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics (ICH Focus)
  • GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research

Bloodborne Pathogens training is required for all University System of Georgia employees and students who have the potential to be exposed to human blood or other potentially infectious material.  Completion records must be included in project records.  The training is available through the Professional Education Portal. Log in using your UGA credentials and search for UGA Right to Know: Bloodborne Pathogens Training.

Principal Investigators are responsible for compliance with the Research Occupational Health and Safety Program Policy More information about the institution’s Occupational Health and Safety Program can be found on the website.