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Candidate Handbook

Candidates are responsible for reviewing the polices and information contained in the Candidate Handbook prior to applying for and becoming certified.

**Note on Study Guides: Often, CBIC receives inquiries as to whether or not they publish or officially recommend a study guide for the CIC® examination. CBIC does not sell or officially recommend any study guide. To conduct a content review before the exam, CBIC recommends reviewing the Examination Content Outline in conjunction with the primary and secondary references listed in the CBIC Candidate Handbook, found here. The CBIC Candidate Handbook is intended to provide an overview of all information pertaining to the CIC® exams to the candidate. The Candidate Handbook is free and may be viewed on the CBIC website or printed.

APIC sells an exam review guide that they create and publish. Here is the description of this review guide from their website: The Certification Study Guide, 5th edition helps infection preventionists prepare for the Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) certification exam. The guide covers the six areas of testing defined by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) in the 2010 content outline.

CBIC does not officially endorse this exam review guide because it is not direct source material for the exam. However, the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, also published and sold by APIC, is one of the primary sources noted in the CBIC Reference Books list in the Candidate Handbook.

At this time, CBIC only offers on-demand webinars for the 8 core competencies of the examination and the online practice exam. Other materials that may have the CBIC name or acronym on them, but are not sold on the CBIC website, are not produced by CBIC. If you would like to verify whether or not a resource is produced by CBIC please email us at However, please note that CBIC neither recommends nor endorses any study materials for the CIC® examination. The purchase and review of the on-demand webinars or online practice exam do not  guarantee success on the examination.

Candidate Handbooks

2016 Candidate Handbook

2016 Candidate Handbook (print version)

Eligibility Requirements

2016 French Canadian Candidate Handbook

Applications and Important Documents

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