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Purpose, Governance, and Staffing

Purpose

The mission of CBIC is to protect the public through the development, administration, and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control. CBIC maintains and promotes professional certification of the highest quality through the accomplishment of key objectives.

The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by:

  1. Providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection prevention and control.
  2. Encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among infection prevention and control professionals.
  3. Formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification.

CBIC supports its mission by issuing the CIC® credential to those professionals in infection prevention and control who meet the eligibility requirements and pass the certification examination. A passing score on the certification examination indicates the minimum threshold professionals need to meet to be considered competent in the field. It signifies to you, your employer, and the public that you are competent and knowledgeable in your position. The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control.

Governance

CBIC is governed by an autonomous Board of Directors. The CBIC Board has 13 Directors, who are subject matter experts (SMEs) from several different practice settings, as well as a Consumer Director, an Executive Director, and two non-voting liaisons from partner organizations. The combination of Directors from different areas of expertise ensures that all stakeholders are represented in discussions about CBIC and the CIC® credential. The SMEs ensure that the eligibility requirements and examination content are indicative of the current state of practice in the field of infection prevention and control.

Staffing

Apart from the Board of Directors, certification organizations are required to provide professional administrative staff to handle the day-to-day operations of the certification process. CBIC currently has an executive staff who implement Board decisions. CBIC also contracts with Prometric, a testing company, to develop and administer its examinations.

For more information on credentialing, watch this video from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence!