The IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) is charged with assessing the level of individual experience and training, or required training, in the humane care and use of animals for all activities.  Practical training and experience is important to ensure animals are handled properly, as is individual understanding in animal welfare policy from the federal to the institutional level. CITI provides online training in animal welfare policies, a wide variety of species-specific courses, and courses for recognizing and relieving pain and distress in commonly used laboratory species.

Providing proof of successful completion of online training in animal welfare policy is required for all personnel associated with an activity as a matter of securing approval for an animal use protocol. Successful completion of CITI training is required for PIs and students involved in planning and executing the research.  

Please email your CITI certificate to iacuc@calstatela.edu and include what protocol you are working under.

All personnel in an active protocol must finish CITI training by the end of Fall Semester, 2016.


1.     Log in to CITI Program (https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/ ) using your user name and password that you created for your previous institution.

2.     At the bottom of the “Main Menu” page, click “Affiliate With Another Institution”

3.     Search for “California State University Los Angeles” and follow remaining instructions.


NOTE: If you do not have any Cal State LA completion records, it is most likely because we require additional modules to complete our certificate. If you click on Cal State LA from “Main Menu”, it will tell you if our course is completed.


Below is link to the CITI Training site and Step-by-Step Instructions on Cal State LA's CITI Registration and Training Process:


  1. Go to www.citiprogram.org

  2. If you are a new user, you need to create an account. If you are a returning user, enter your username and password. To create an account, click “Register” and follow the instructions provided on the screen. Make sure to affiliate your account with "California State University Los Angeles" (Step 1). Be prepared to provide your university e-mail, yourCampus Identification Number (CIN), your Role in Human Subjects Research, and a phone number (Step 6). 

Your CIN will take place of your Employee Identification Number (if you do not have one) when you register. If you do not have an Office Phone use the phone number that is easiest to reach you.

  1. When asked "Which Course do you plan to take?" (Step 6) choose the one that is most similar to your research.

  2. Scroll down and answer Question 1 through 4 (Step 7). If you are not doing lab animal research, leave question 1 blank. Question 2 is required for any type of Institutional Research. For question 3, select which course encompasses your research.

  3. After registering, click on the name of the course that appears under California State University Los Angeles section to start your training. Each course could possibly take up to 4 hours to complete. You can always log out and come back later to work on the modules listed under each course.

  4. Once you have successfully completed courses, and "passed", click on "Print Report" for each course and save the report as a pdf. Please email your CITI certificate to iacuc@calstatela.edu and include what protocol you are working under.