Conflict of Interest (COI) Training FAQs

Do I have to take the Conflict of Interest Training?

Everyone who meets the definition of a “covered individual” must complete Conflict of Interest Training. Completion of training is required before engaging in research at UT Southwestern Medical Center and at least once every four years thereafter. A covered individual new to UT Southwestern must complete the training before engaging in research, or must provide evidence of having completed the training at another UT System institution within the last four years. A covered individual must complete the training immediately if it is found that they are not in compliance with this policy or a management plan, or if the policy is revised in a manner that affects the covered individual’s duties.

A covered individual is defined in UT Southwestern policy as any person who is required to submit a statement of financial interests, including: faculty members, study team members (including students and post-graduate trainees); individuals who may influence the negotiation or execution of research or technology licensing agreements; Institutional Review Board (IRB) members; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members; and Conflict of Interest Committee (COI Committee) members.

Do I get a certificate of completion?

Yes. A personalized certificate is generated for all CITI training courses. It is recommended that the user keep a copy for their records. It is not necessary to submit the certificate to the COI Office unless requested to do so.

How long does the training take?

COI training generally takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Can I complete CITI training in several sessions?

Yes. You can leave and come back to the site using your CITI username and password.

NOTE: If you forget your password or user name, go to “Forgot Login Information” at the home webpage.

How do I get a copy of my completion certificate?

You can view and print a copy of your completion certificate by logging into the CITI home page with the username and password you selected when you first registered.

What if I have a certificate from another training program?

Training requirements can be met by showing completion of Conflict of Interest training from another UT system institution, provided that the training was completed within the last four years. If you have already completed such a training program, send a copy of the certificate of completion to the COI office by interoffice mail code 8843 or by fax to 214-648-2171.

What is a Learner Group, and which should I select for my training?

Learner Groups reflect various training curricula, and you may select more than one group. Please choose Group 5 for Conflict of Interest training. If you will be involved in human and/or animal research, you should also check the corresponding training groups.

Can I take additional modules beyond the above courses?

Absolutely. Once you complete the basic course(s), you can choose to take additional optional modules, including the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses.

Any questions regarding training or compliance?

Please direct questions to the COI Office at 214-648-5398.