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BioSafety Training

Institutional Biosafety CITI Training Course

James Madison University has implemented the use of the new CITI Biosafety/Biosecurity training course for anyone conducting research involving bio-hazardous material, including Infectious Biological Agents, Recombinant DNA and Select Agents. The goal of providing the CITI Biosafety modules is to improve a person's knowledge of biosafety, provide training to University staff, students, PI's and lab personnel, and to ensure regulatory compliance.

All Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, Laboratory Technicians, and Research Staff involved in research using bio-hazardous material in their laboratories are recommended to complete the CITI Basic Biosafety Training course. "Research Staff" refers to anyone, including students of any kind, conducting research on or otherwise handling bio-hazardous material, including Infectious Biological Agents, Recombinant DNA, and Select Agents. The overall goal in subscribing to the Biosafety modules is to provide a tool to help train your research staff. As you review the CITI modules it will become apparent which modules are helpful and in some cases, essential to your research needs.

To access the CITI Biosafety/Biosecurity course instructions and the CITI website, please go to the If you have any questions or difficulties with CITI, please contact Pat Buennemeyer, Research Compliance at 8-7025. If you have previously completed a CITI course use the same password for this training.

Go to and click "Register Here."

  1. Select James Madison University for the participating institution from the drop down list.
  2. Enter your user name, email information, and password of your choice.
  3. Enter the requested member information to complete your profile. After the information has been entered you will be forwarded to the CITI Course Enrollment Procedure page.
  4. At this point you may affiliate with another institution. The software will sum the requirements of both institutions so that you need not retake modules common to the requirements of both institutions. You can choose to affiliate with another institution at any time after registration under the Main Menu.
  5. On the Course Enrollment page, you will be presented with a series of questions or options to enable you to enroll in the Learner Group appropriate to your interests and needs.
  6. The next page is the Main Menu. This page lists the courses you have chosen. The Main Menu also provides a number of Course Utilities designed to help you.
  7. You may "Add a course or update your learner groups." This link will take you to the enrollment questions and permit you to change your "Learner Group" by providing new responses to the enrollment questions.
  8. The red link (Enter or Re-Enter) will permit you to Begin/Continue the Course.
  9. Please complete the Integrity Assurance module presented at the top. The system will allow you to start taking the courses after completing it.
  10. Complete the required modules and associated quizzes.
  11. Complete any "Elective" modules.
  12. When you complete all Required Modules in your curriculum, you will be shown a link to "Optional Modules" in the Optional Course Catalog. You may return to the course site at a future time to review these modules.
  13. When you complete all required modules successfully, you may print your completion report through the link: "Print" in the Learner's menu.

The modules need to be completed in sequential order but you do not need to complete the course in one sitting. The passing score is 80%. This score is based on the overall calculation of your completed Required Modules.   You will be notified by CITI when you are required to become re-certified.

For a printable version of the complete instructions, please click here.


Training from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Office of Health and Safety:

Biosafety Training

Related Regulation and Resources:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Recombinant DNA and Gene Transfer











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