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Training & Education

Required Training for Human Subjects Researchers

CITI: Main Campus Researchers

The UNM IRB uses CITI program ( for researcher training. Human subjects protections training courses have been developed to help the research community better understand when proposed research activities trigger regulatory and policy requirements.

All researchers (persons who are responsible for designing and/or conducting research, performing data analysis, or reporting activities) are required to complete a human subjects protections training course prior to engaging in a human subjects research project at UNM. The training is valid for three years from the date of completion. It is the responsibility of the researcher to complete and maintain this training requirement every three years and provide a copy of the completion certificate with an IRB project.

The UNM IRB will accept CITI Human Subjects Research ( to fulfill the requirement for human subjects protections training. The OIRB has created a CITI - Human Subjects Research Instructions document to help researchers complete the required training and print the completion report.

Be sure to affiliate with University of New Mexico, Main Campus. When choosing a course, choose the "Main Campus Researchers" as your learning group.

All other CITI courses (e.g. Responsible Conduct of Research, Export Control, Institutional Official) are optional and do not meet the requirement for human subjects protections training.

Note: If you have completed a different human subjects protections training course, please check with the OIRB to see if it will be accepted. If the course is deemed acceptable, you will need to provide a completion certificate that denotes the completion date with an IRB project.

Additional Education Opportunities


Schedule an individual consultation to help you figure out if an IRB application needs to be submitted, understand how regulations apply for a project or activity, get an IRB application ready for review, and submit an IRB application through IRBNet. We recommend that you bring any materials on a USB flash drive (protocol, application, consent form, etc.). Anytime you are feeling frustrated or confused completing IRB paperwork or going through the process is a good time to come in for a consult. To schedule a consult, click on the "consults" in the quicklinks bar.

UNM IRB Workshops

The UNM Office of Institutional Review Board (OIRB) provides training workshops throughout the year to provide researchers with an overview of the IRB submission process. The workshops are designed to help faculty and students successfully submit IRB applications. See the events calendar for the next series offerings. To register for a workshop, email with the topic and date of the scheduled workshop. Currently, there are 4 workshops in the series:

  • IRB Regulations: Overview of federal regulations and how to apply them to your research.
  • IRB Elements: Learn what forms and documents are needed for an IRB submission.
  • Protocol & Consent Form: How to write the perfect protocol and consent form.
  • IRBNet: Navigating the IRBNet submission software.


Invite the OIRB to your meeting, class, or other gathering and we will prepare a presentation specific to your needs. To schedule an outreach event, email: with Date & Time, Type of event, Audience, Topic(s) to be presented, Any specific questions you would like answered.

Popular topics:

  • How to interact with the IRB (IRB 101)
  • Expectations when submitting
  • Required forms and the submission process
  • IRB updates and how they affect researchers
  • How to navigate the IRB process as a student

Responsible Conduct of Research

Although not required for an IRB submission, researchers are able to complete a Responsible Conduct of Research training course through CITI. The format will be similar to the Human Subjects Protections course, but will cover topics like authorship, plagiarism, mentoring, etc. If interested, add the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Course in addition to the required Human Subjects Research Course to your course listing.

Academic Integrity and Research Ethics (AIRE) Program

Academic Integrity & Research Ethics (AIRE) is a campus-wide service housed in Graduate Studies and strongly supported by the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research. They provide university-wide services for the community of scholars in research ethics and academic integrity supporting the university’s ongoing reputation as an institution of research excellence. Driven by the university’s Scientific Integrity Plan (SIP), AIRE promotes standards and informed pedagogy for instruction of the responsible conduct of research (RCR). In addition to fostering a community of integrity, AIRE program RCR instruction complies with regulations of the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and other agencies who support, promote, or require research ethics education as part of their funding requirements.

Professional & Academic Workshop

PAW (Professional & Academic Workshop) is a campus-wide consortium of student support organizations who offer workshops and/or speaker series for the benefit and improved success of students. Although workshops are generally tailored to the needs of graduate students, in most cases all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Our PAWt-ners work together to assess workshops, provide certificates of completion, and coordinate marketing. PAW offers a series of non-transcripted certificates which students can earn by attending designated workshops.

Grant Management Trainings

This training is for researchers seeking funding and covers grants & contracts from cradle to grave and must be completed 3 years. For availability, see Learning Central.

Good Clinical Practice for Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research

NIH requires good clinical practice (GCP) training for any NIH funded researcher conducting a clinical trial. GCP is an international standard for ethical and scientific design and conduct of clinical trials that serves to protect the rights and welfare of trial participants. NIH has developed a SBR GCP training and it is available through Learning Central with course title "NIH GOOD CLINICAL PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH – ELEARNING COURSE."

The Revised Common Rule went into effect January 21, 2019. The Common Rule, the federal human research protections regulations, was revised for the first time since being promulgated in 1991. The revisions are extensive and you can read the entirety of it online. Read the UNM IRB's Transition memo for detailed information about UNM IRB’s transition to the new regulations. Please review this document and contact our office with any questions. Note that if you have a currently approved project with an expiration date, that expiration date is still in effect until the IRB reviews the project under the new regulations.

Forms, templates, and policies have been updated to reflect the Revised Common Rule. It is important that you download the most current versions of IRB submission documents to prevent delays in the review process. When submitting new packages to the IRB, always obtain forms and templates from the IRB Library.