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The Human Participants Research courses (i.e. Social & Behavioural Research and Biomedical Research) are alternates to the mandatory training requirements for SFU affiliated study team members needed before applying to the Office of Research Ethics. You may take either of these courses or the CORE Tutorial developed by the Panel on Research Ethics.

You are welcome to include these courses in any class you are teaching. Students will have to manually submit certificates to you.

SFU recommends that research methods course instructors consider including the RCR course.

Students involved in an ethics application will be required to include their certificate of completion (or the CORE Tutorial certificate) as an attachment in the ethics application. The Office of Research Ethics will not automatically receive a copy. Faculty and staff are required to complete one of the courses but do not need to attached their certificate of completion, or the CORE Tutorial certificate.

Your supervisor will only have the certificate you send her manually. She will not have access to your course.

SFU Affiliation: You must have a valid SFU email account to access the CITI Program (

Register to create a new CITI account:

  1. Go to the CITI program website.
  2. Go to “Register” button to create your own unique username and login.  It is NOT recommended that you use your SFU Single-Sign-On, for security reasons.
  3. Type/select “Simon Fraser University” as your organization, from the dynamic drop down list and agree to the terms of service.
  4. Click “Continue To Step 2” button.
  5. Follow the prompts to create your account, Steps 2-7.

    Step 2 requests that you enter your first and last name along with your email address.

    • Please enter your name as you would like it to appear on your completion report received at the end of the course.
    • We require that you use your sfu email account. Inactive or external accounts will be removed from the system.

    Step 6 allows you to select course(s) at the time of Registration. You may select/add courses at a later time.

  6. Click “Complete Registration” button.
  7. Click “Finalize Registration” button, to complete your learner account registration.  You are now able to access the "Main Menu" of your account and start your courses.
  8. To begin your selected courses, click “Simon Fraser University Courses” option.

Add courses at a later time:

  1. Go to the CITI program website.
  2. Go to “Log In” button to login to your account.
  3. Go to “Main Menu”.
  4. Select “Simon Fraser University Courses” option.