Texas A&M University-Commerce requires all individuals conducting/participating in research projects involved in animal care & use (including faculty, staff, postdocs, research assistants and students, etc...) to complete training for Animal Care & Use. This requirement is met by the successful completion of the online training module from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.
All individuals, principal investigators, co-investigators, post-docs, research assistants, undergraduate and graduate students and all other personnel engaged in research must complete the CITI training modules and quizzes with a minimum score of 80%. Successful completion of the course is required and the course may be repeated as necessary to achieve the 80% score. At the time of completion, a certificate can be printed by the trainee and notification is sent to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs' Research Compliance Administrator, Glenda Denton (email@example.com).
The time to complete the training modules may be 6-8 hours. Individuals may exit and resume the training at anytime. Once successfully completed, a refresher course is required every three years. A notification will be sent to you prior to the expiration of your training. At anytime, you may return to the training modules and print a certificate.
Beginning January 1, 2010, successful completion of the CITI modules (Laboratory Animal Welfare) is required before submission of the Animal Care Protocol Form for the Animal Care & Use Committee. Protocol forms will be reviewed only after the researcher has completed the CITI training.
Required Compliance Training before you can submit a protocol or have contact with your human subjects.
Please follow the steps below to register and begin your training:
CITI Website Link: https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp?
Either log in or click "Create an account"
Select "Texas A&M University-Commerce" as your participating institution
Complete the remaining registration form
Go to the Main Menu
Select "Add a course" or "Update Learners Groups"
If performing research, you are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research module. Please select the appropriate module from the following:
Actual Course Titles are as listed above.
You should click "No, Thank you" on Question 2
Question 3 – Laboratory Animal Welfare
"Working with the IACUC Course" is required if you plan to use lab animals in your work. Check this box.
If you are an IACUC Member, you are required to complete the "Essentials for IACUC Members" course.
You are also required to choose the appropriate Species Specific Electives depending on your work or interests or species specific modules.
If you plan to conduct studies that have the potential to cause "more than momentary pain and distress" in Mice or Rats you should complete the module on "Minimizing Pain and Distress".
Do you conduct major survival surgery or non-survival surgeries in non-rodent species? If you do, the module on "Aseptic Surgery" is a must.
You should click "No, Thank you" on Question 4
You should click "Not at this time" on Question 5
Please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs if you have questions at 903-886-5766 or ResearchCompliance@tamuc.edu.