CBIC's Certification In Infection Control (CIC®) examination is administered via computer, five days a week at over 140 assessment centers in North America. There are no pre-scheduled testing dates. Once a candidate is confirmed eligible s/he will receive notice from the testing agency including instructions on how to schedule an examination appointment. Once certified, certification is valid for a five year period.
The CBIC examination is administered via computer at over 200 Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Assessment Centers geographically distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Additional centers can be found internationally as well. To find a Testing Center near you, consult the AMP website at: http://online.goamp.com/CandidateHome/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=5856
A candidate may apply to take the examination at any time during the year and schedule an examination appointment immediately upon receiving a confirmation email from AMP. There are two ways to apply:
Upon receiving an email confirmation from AMP, a candidate's eligibility is valid for 90 days. A candidate who fails to schedule an appointment for examination within the 90-day eligibility period must re-submit a complete application including examination fee to schedule an examination appointment.
The confirmation notice from AMP contains a web address and toll-free telephone number for the candidate to contact AMP to schedule the exam. Appointments can also be scheduled online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.goAMP.com. The toll-free line is answered from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday. The candidate must be prepared to confirm a date and location for testing and to provide her/his Social Security number as a unique identification number. The examinations are administered by appointment only Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Individuals are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to the chart below.
|If the candidate contacts AMP by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on...||Depending on availability, an examination may be scheduled beginning...|
The candidate must contact AMP to schedule an appointment and will be given the specific time to report to the center. No admission ticket will be issued; therefore, the specified examination time should be noted. Candidates who arrive at the Assessment Center later than 15 minutes from the scheduled appointment time will not be admitted. Unscheduled candidates (walk-ins) will not be admitted to the Assessment Center.
CBIC reserves the right to verify information supplied by the candidate. An application is considered complete only if all requested information is complete and accurate; if the candidate is eligible for the examination; and if fees are submitted. Examination fees for ineligible applications will be refunded minus a $45 processing fee.
Note: Examinations are not scheduled on days when the following US holidays are legally observed:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Independence Day (July 4)
Thanksgiving Day (and the following Friday)
Christmas Eve Day
New Year's Eve Day
AMP Assessment Centers in the United States for the computerized version are typically located in H&R Block offices. Detailed maps and directions are available via AMP's Web site (www.goAMP.com) at http://online.goamp.com/CandidateHome/displayTCList.aspx?pExamID=5856.Specific address information will be provided when a candidate schedules an examination appointment by phone.
A candidate may reschedule ONE appointment, within the 90 days of confirmation of eligibility, for the examination at no charge by calling AMP at 888/519-9901 at least two business days prior to the scheduled examination session. (See table below.) Any subsequent requests for rescheduling the examination will require payment of an additional fee of $72.
|If an examination is scheduled on...||The candidate must call AMP by 3:00 p.m. Central Time to change his/her reservation by the…|
A candidate who wishes to reschedule an examination but fails to contact AMP at least four business days prior to the scheduled testing session forfeits the application and all fees paid to take the examination. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for examination.
A candidate who cancels his/her examination after confirmation of eligibility forfeits the application and all fees paid to take the examination. A complete application and examination fee are required to reapply for examination. If a candidate must cancel an examination appointment or would like to request a refund due to a medical emergency the candidate must submit the request in writing accompanied by official written notification from attending physician to the CBIC Executive Office.
The CBT examination will be given by computer at an AMP Assessment Center. Candidates do not need computer experience or typing skills to take the examination. On the day of the examination, report to the Assessment Center no later than the scheduled examination time. Look for signs indicating AMP Assessment Center Check-in. A CANDIDATE WHO ARRIVES MORE THAN 15 MINUTES AFTER THE SCHEDULED EXAMINATION TIME WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.
To gain admission to the Assessment Center, a candidate must present two forms of identification, one with a current photograph (primary). Both forms of identification must be current and include the candidate’s current name and signature. The candidate will be required to sign a roster for verification of identity.
Acceptable forms of photo (primary) identification include:
Employment ID cards, student ID cards and any type of temporary identification are NOT acceptable as the primary form of identification; however, may be used as the secondary form of identification if they are current and include name and signature.
CANDIDATES MUST HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE ASSESSMENT CENTER. Failure to provide appropriate identification at the time of the examination is considered a missed appointment. There will be no refund of the examination fee.
AMP administration and security standards are designed to ensure all candidates are provided the same opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. The Assessment Center is continuously monitored by audio and video surveillance equipment for security purposes. The following security procedures apply during the examination:
• Examinations are proprietary. No cameras, notes, tape recorders, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), pagers or cellular phones are allowed in the testing room.Possession of a cellular phone or other electronic devices is strictly prohibited and will result in dismissal from the examination.
• Only silent, non-programmable calculators without alpha keys or printing capabilities are allowed in the testing room.
• No guests, visitors or family members are allowed in the testing room or reception areas.
No personal items, valuables, or weapons should be brought to the Assessment Center. Coats must be left outside the testing room. Due to varying temperature conditions within testing centers, it is advisable to dress in layers.
You will be provided with a soft locker to store personal items. You will not have access to these items until after the examination is completed. Please note the following items will not be allowed in the testing room:
• cell phones or personal communication devices
Once you have placed everything into the soft locker, you will be asked to pull your pockets out to ensure they are empty. If all personal items will not fit in the soft locker you will not be able to test. The site will not store any personal belongings. If any personal items are observed in the testing room after the examination is started, the examination will be forfeited.
You will be provided with one piece of scratch paper at a time to use during the examination, unless noted on the sign-in roster for a particular candidate. You must return the scratch paper to the supervisor at the completion of testing.
• No documents or notes of any kind may be removed from the Assessment Center.
• No questions concerning the content of the examination may be asked during the examination. • Eating, drinking or smoking will not be permitted in the Assessment Center.
• You may take a break whenever you wish, but you will not be allowed additional time to make up for time lost during breaks.
If you engage in any of the following conduct during the examination you may be dismissed, your scores will not be reported and examination fees will not be refunded. Examples of misconduct are when you:
• create a disturbance, are abusive, or otherwise uncooperative;
• display and/or use electronic communications equipment such as pagers, cellular phones, PDAs;
• talk or participate in conversation with other examination candidates;
• give or receive help, or are suspected of doing so;
• leave the Assessment Center during the administration;
• attempt to record examination questions or make notes;
• attempt to take the examination for someone else;
• are observed with personal belongings; or
• are observed with notes, books or other aids without it being noted on the roster.
After the candidate’s identification has been confirmed, he/she will be directed to a testing carrel. He/she will be instructed on-screen to enter his/her Examination ID Number. He/she will be instructed on how to take his/her photograph which will remain on screen throughout the examination session. This photograph will also print on the score report.
Prior to attempting the examination, the candidate will be given the opportunity to practice taking an examination on the computer to familiarize themselves with the testing software. The time used for this practice examination is NOT counted as part of the examination time or score. When the candidate is comfortable with the computer testing process, he/she may quit the practice session and begin the timed examination.
Following the practice test, the actual examination will begin. The candidate will have 3 hours to complete the examination. The examination will terminate if testing exceeds the time allowed.
During the examination, online comments may be provided for any question by clicking on the button displaying an exclamation point (!) to the left of the Time button. This opens a dialogue box where comments may be entered. Comments will be reviewed, but individual responses will not be provided.
First Time Applicants or Lapsed Applicants
Candidates who do not pass the CBT or the SARE must submit a new application, including appropriate documentation and fees, and be determined eligible to retake the CBT. There is a mandatory waiting period of 90 days in between exams. An individual may retake the CBT a maximum of four times per year or once every 90 days.
Recertifying candidates who do not pass the CBT for recertification may not recertify by the SARE during their recertification cycle but must recertify by CBT and can do so at any time before their certification cycle ends. Recertifying candidates who do not pass the SARE cannot apply to retake the SARE but can apply to recertify by CBT. Please review the eligibility requirements before submitting a new application and fee. An individual may retake the CBT a maximum of four times per year or once every 90 days.