Export Compliance (EC)

Provides an overview of EC regulations along with information specifically tailored to certain roles, responsibilities, and activities.

About these Courses

EC provides comprehensive basic and refresher training on export compliance.

The basic course provides an introduction to export compliance, as well as information focused on export compliance as it relates to biosafety, operational departments, international shipping, purchasing, international and foreign waters, collaborations and U.S. sanctions programs, distance education, and technology. It is designed for use by investigators, members of the research team, key personnel across operational departments, and others who work with or may be responsible for federally controlled devices, materials, or technologies.

The refresher course serves as re-training for the basic course. It begins with a basic review of export compliance. Other modules in the EC Refresher course discuss export compliance issues and concepts that can be encountered in research activities in international and foreign waters, life sciences (biological) research, and common day-to-day business operations.

EC training has been updated to reflect the ITAR interim final rule (84 FR 70887) published by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

These courses were written and peer reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Investigators, Operational Personnel, Research Team Members, Researchers

Basic Courses

Export Compliance (EC) Basic


This course provides an overview of export compliance regulations along with information specifically tailored for certain roles and responsibilities.

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Refresher Courses

Export Compliance (EC) Refresher


This course serves as re-training for the EC Basic course.

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Does my organization need this training if we do not work with anything export controlled?

Export controls can affect some activities and operations within an organization that might not be immediately apparent. While your current activities may not involve export controls, circumstances can change. Having a basic understanding of how export controls can affect university transactions will help identify risks in advance and enable your organization and its constituents to maintain compliance at all times.

The only research conducted at our organization qualifies as fundamental. Is this type of research excluded from export controls?

Fundamental research is excluded from export controls. However, this exclusion only applies to the results of the research, which must be free from restrictions on publication or dissemination. Equipment, data, or software used in the research may be subject to controls.

In addition, since the direction of research can change during the course of the project, what started out as fundamental may develop into something that becomes controlled. Because these variables can evolve suddenly and unexpectedly, your institution can benefit from EC training by learning how to identify situations that will void the fundamental research exclusion.

Our organization has limited resources for monitoring export controls. How will this training help us?

These courses are designed to provide training on export controls for various roles and operational departments. It is up to the organization to decide if this training is mandatory or elective. The organization may also outline retraining frequency and use reporting tools to see who has taken the training.

Do these courses meet my sponsor’s training requirement?

CITI Program’s Export Compliance courses raise general awareness of export control issues that can arise during the course of university business. Your organization’s export control office, research administration, and program sponsor can decide together whether it fulfills the training requirements outlined in the agreement.

When should someone consider taking the EC Refresher course?

There is no uniform standard regarding how frequently EC training should occur. If an organization wants its learners to complete refresher training, it is recommended that the refresher course be taken approximately three years after learners have completed a basic EC course.