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Required Basic Initial Training: Principal Investigator and Research Personnel Training

All persons working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, biohazardous agents, and select agents or toxins for research or teaching purposes must complete basic initial biosafety training. Principal Investigators and all their research personnel EXCEPT for undergraduate students would pick the Learner Group called “Faculty, Lab Coordinators/Research Personnel (including Grad Students)” to sign up for the correct IBC/Biosafety/Biosecurity Course.

The following modules are included in the training program for Faculty/Lab Coordinators/Research Personnel (including Grad Students):

  1. Biosafety Course Overview
  2. Laboratory Associated Infections
  3. Biohazardous Risk Assessment
  4. Medical Surveillance
  5. Risk Management - Work Practices
  6. Work Safety with Sharp Instruments
  7. Disinfection and Sterilization
  8. Risk Management - Personal Protective Equipment
  9. Risk Management - Engineering Controls
  10. Centrifuge Precautions
  11. Safe Sharps Devices
  12. Risk Management - Laboratory Design
  13. NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

After most CITI modules there is a multiple choice quiz that relates to that module. In order to obtain credit for the training, individuals must complete the quiz after each module and obtain an overall average passing score of 80%. Individual quizzes may be re-taken, if necessary, in order to obtain a passing score.

Additional modules designated as optional are available in CITI. Optional modules may be completed at the discretion of the individual, but they are not required. Optional modules become available after the required modules have been completed.

Continuing Education: Principal Investigator and Research Personnel

Continuing education may be required for the PI and research personnel based upon the protocol activities, the type of agents used in the activity, and any changes made to the protocol over time. ​