Instructions for Accessing the Basic CITI Program for Brown University

If you have never been certified in Brown University’s education program for the protection of human research participants (CITI), please follow the instructions below to take the required Basic program.

1. Go to the CITI home page at

2. New Users:

  • If you have never taken the CITI program, please click on the “Register Here” link for new users and fill in steps 1-7. In Step 1, choose Brown University as your institution. Continue with the registration process filling in all of the appropriate personal information.

  • The next page will be the “CITI Course Enrollment Procedures.” Please read the instructions and continue to scroll down to the “CITI Course Enrollment Questions.”

  • Please answer only Question #1. Do not make any other selections. Additional selections under questions 2 & 3 will force you to complete additional courses that are not required.

  • Brown has created three basic customized tracks to ensure that the education you receive is tailored to your research. Completion of one of the following modules is necessary to satisfy Brown’s requirement for initial human subjects training. You are required to take only one of the modules listed below but may elect to take more modules if you choose.

  • Please complete the track that most closely aligns with your research:

    • Group 1: Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers

    • Group 2: Biomedical Researchers

    • Group 3: Biomedical Data or Specimens-Only Researchers

  • Once you have chosen the appropriate Group, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit”. This will bring you to the main page where you can begin the correct course. You can log out and re-enter the course as many times as you wish.

3. Certification from a comparable program:

  • Brown now accepts CITI certification, or other comparable program certification, from another institution if it has been completed within the past three years. Please submit a copy of your completed training certification to You will also be required to take the following module in CITI to ensure familiarity with Brown’s policies and procedures. New users should follow the steps listed in Section 2 above and returning users should follow the steps listed in Section 4 below.

    • Group 4: Individuals who have completed a basic CITI program at another institution within the past three years

4. Returning CITI Users:

  • Log in using your username and password from your previous institution. Click on the link “Affiliate with another institution.”

  • Choose Brown University as your institution.

  • Fill in the required personal information on the next page.

  • Click “next” to advance to the curriculum selection. Please complete one of the Groups that most closely aligns with your research. You can log out and re-enter the course as many times as you wish.


CITI will notify us automatically once the program has been successfully completed.

To read more about the Brown University CITI program go to:

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need further assistance:

Brown University Human Research Protection Program
(401) 863-3050