Required Research Conduct Training

UALR works with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide training for faculty, staff, and students on the ethical conduct of research activities. All UALR faculty, staff, and students have access to the many courses and testing applications offered on the CITI website. These courses provide the basic understanding necessary for researchers to work in a responsible and ethical manner.

Additionally, UALR requires that all UALR personnel, including faculty, staff, and students, conducting research take and pass the CITI test for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This test must be repeated every three years for you to remain in good standing. Upon successful completion of the RCR course and test, you should print off the certificate of completion. You will then meet the requirements of the National Science Foundation and other federal, state, local, and private agencies for conducting ethical research.

You may access the RCR course and test by visiting the CITI website and creating a CITI account. As you register for a CITI account, note the following:

  1. Institution should be University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  2. For your CITI username, use your UALR email address
  3. Create a new, non-UALR password for this site
  4. If you request CME/CEU credits, you will be responsible for paying for them
  5. After you click ‘Submit’, fill in details on the subsequent page, e.g. language, highest degree, etc., and click ‘Submit’ again.

Once you’ve registered, you will be taken to the ‘Select Curriculum’ page. If you don’t require IRB training and review, skip Questions 1 and 2 and go directly to Question 3, Responsible Conduct of Research. Choose the appropriate field for your background and click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the screen.

If your project has collaborators at another institution, you will need to register with another institution.

Assuming you click ‘No’ to continue, you will arrive at the ‘Main Menu’ page, which lists the courses you’ve requested and gives you the opportunity to add other courses.

Other courses are available, such as the Animal Care section, which must be taken by individuals doing work involving those areas or subjects. You will see these courses on the list when you access the “add a course” section. Please check with your supervisor or call a research compliance officer with any questions on what may be required.