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Eligibility Requirements

Requirements for Initial Certification and for Lapsed Certificants

Successful certification indicates competence in the actual practice of infection prevention and control and healthcare epidemiology, and is intended for individuals who are actively accountable for the infection prevention and control program within their current position.

In order to qualify to sit for your initial certification, you must apply to take the initial certification examination. In order to be eligible to take the initial certification exam, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

You are accountable for the infection prevention and control activities/program in your setting and this is reflected in your current job description.

AND

You have a post-secondary degree (e.g. associates’* or baccalaureate degree) from an accredited academic facility.

AND

You have had sufficient experience (recommended: two years) in infection prevention and control which includes all three (3) of the following:

  1. Identification of infectious disease processes
  2. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
  3. Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents

What does this mean?

  1. Identification of Infectious disease processes:
    1. Determining the contributing factor(s) of an outbreak within a facility
    2. Identifying an outbreak within a facility
    3. Coordinating processes, procedures and/or policies to combat identified infectious diseases
  2. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
    1. Collect, analyze, monitors and communicates infection control data
    2. Monitors and measures the extent of infectious diseases
    3. Detect infectious organisms and their patterns
    4. Partnering with appropriate healthcare team to analyze and perform job
  3. Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
    1. Communicating infection data to staff and patients
    2. Coordinating and/or facilitating educational programming for infection control and prevention
    3.  Implementation of evidence-based processes specific to preventing and controlling infections

And at least two (2) of the remaining five (5) components:

  1. Employee/occupational health
  2. Management and communication
  3. Education and research
  4. Environment of care
  5. Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, and asepsis

What does this mean?

  1. Employee/occupational health
    1. Employed in occupational health/consulting setting
  2. Management and communication
    1. Manage the infection control and prevention program/processes
    2. Supervise the infection control and prevention program/processes
  3. Education and research
    1. Educate patients and/or staff about infection control and prevention circumstances
    2. Develop educational programming in infection control and prevention
  4. Environment Of Care
    1. Infection Control serves as consultant in construction and renovation, environmental services, emergency management; and more
  5. Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection and asepsis

*Equivalent to Canadian two- or three-year diploma from an accredited academic facility

Candidates will be required to submit the following documentation with their application:

  • Attestation Statement (completed, signed and dated by supervisor)
  • Proof of Degree
  • CV/Resume
  • Official Job Description

By Proof of degree requirement note that: any licensure and/or letter is not a sufficient proof of degree document

By Job description: a letter written by your supervisor, colleague and/or HR department is not an sufficient job description document. This document must be an official job description provided on the letterhead of your employer entailing your duties and requirements of the position you hold.

If you have any questions about these changes to the CBIC eligibility requirements, please contact the CBIC office at (414) 918-9796 or via email at info@cbic.org.