Every investigator conducting a research project involving human subjects must successfully complete WCU’s Investigator Training course. Training is required regardless of the study’s funding source or the location of the research. All investigators, including faculty, staff, subcontractors, students, research supervisors, and affiliated investigators, are covered by this policy. Training is renewed every five years, and investigators must have current certification as a condition of study approval by the IRB. To read the full investigator training poilcy, click here.
To access the required online training website, click here: http://www.citiprogram.org/.
For a short user's guide that explains how to register for the site and start the course, click here (PDF).
Western Carolina University only requires the completion of the Social/Behavioral Research Basic Course module, but other pertinent courses may be required depending on your specific area of research. Faculty research advisers and IRB members in each academic department can provide more information on additional training courses.
For questions about the training requirements or other IRB issues, contact WCU’s Office of Research Administration at 828-227-7212 or IRB@wcu.edu.
Investigators conducting federally-funded research should also comply with the funding agency’s guidelines regarding additional investigator training requirements (e.g., NIH course located at http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php). WCU does NOT monitor compliance with human subjects training requirements set by external agencies. These federal requirements do not exempt the investigator from completing WCU’s designated course.