IRB Basic Steps


All Principal Investigators (PIs) will need to have an account set up through the Cayuse IRB as well has have completed the required Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for CSUF IRB.

Review the two sections below for more details on these two requirements as you get started with the IRB process.


If this is your first time submitting an IRB in Cayuse IRB , email the following information to requesting authentication for Cayuse IRB:

  • First and Last Name
  • Fullerton email address (e.g.
  • Status (e.g. faculty, staff, student)
  • CWID
  • College and Department Name

For studies that include students as research assistants, authentication of the students is not required, however, the research assistant names must be listed on the application along with others engaged in research along with uploading the required CITI training for IRB for each person.

NOTE: Please allow 1-2 business days for the system to authenticate new Cayuse IRB accounts.

CITI Course Required by CSUF

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a leading provider of research education training. It provides online training on a variety of topics related to research, including the required training for CSUF IRB. All investigators, co-investigators, coordinators, and key personnel conducting research on human participants require the completion of the Social & Behavioral for Research Investigators training course. This includes anyone who will be directly responsible for study management, data collection, consent process, data analysis, transcription, participant recruitment or follow up. The CSUF IRB requires re-training every five years.

A minimum score of 80% on the final score and the scores of all the individual modules is required by CSUF IRB.

Be aware that completing the required modules for Social & Behavioral for Research Investigators takes about two to three hours to complete; all modules do not have to be completed during a single online session. To re-enter the course, you will be able able to log back in with the username and password you created when you set up your initial CITI Program account.

NOTE: An IRB application cannot be processed until all personnel have completed the required CITI Training.

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a CITI Program account and register for the correct course for IRB can be downloaded below.

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CITI Social Behavioral Basic Course InstructionsPDF File Opens in new window

After completing the training, you will be able to download a PDF of the detailed Completion Report to upload onto your online Cayuse IRB application under the Introduction section.

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The CSUF CITI modules are specific to the CSUF IRB requirements. Other agencies and institutions may have their own requirements and are not obligated to accept completion of the CSUF CITI training in place of those requirements. When conducting research with another institution or in conjunction with another agency, you may be required by the institution or agency to complete their specific training requirements (such as additional CITI modules), and/or complete refresher courses according to their renewal requirements (which may be more frequent than the CSUF requirement of every five years).