Training Requirements

Training Requirements

Federal Regulations require institutions to insure that individuals caring for or using animals for research or educational purposes are qualified to do so and are properly trained.  All investigators - principal investigators, co-principal investigators, as well as student researchers and research staff involved in the study and who will have contact with subjects or raw data, must be trained in the protection of animal subjects in research before a project can be approved by the IACUC.

Training will be provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at Training received through other programs will not be accepted in place of the CITI training. The modules investigators are required to complete have been determined by the campus and identified on the CITI website.

After choosing a username and password you will be prompted to complete all of the necessary information required to register. In order to receive credit for completing the course requirements of SUNY Potsdam you must make sure that you chose SUNY – College at Potsdam from the drop down list of choices for institutions.
Effective January 4, 2010, all researchers funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) or The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are required to take additional training on the Responsible Conduct of Researchers (RCR).  These modules are also available through the CITI web site.  These courses are additional training and not a substitute for the animal training modules required for individuals conducting research utilizing animals.

For more information, please see SUNY Potsdam's Policy on the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Upon completion of the required modules researchers are able to print a certificate for their records confirming they have passed the course.  You will find a link on the first page of the Learner’s Menu.

Renewal Requirements:

Researchers will be required to renew their certification every three years. Failure to complete scheduled training updates or to train research staff may result in suspension or termination of IACUC approval of a research project.

Completion and renewal records will be maintained by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

For more information:

If you have any questions regarding the CITI site please contact Kathy LaMay, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, ext 3121. or at