The recertification examination is a 150-question, multiple-choice, web-based examination designed to assess the knowledge of professionals in infection prevention and control and epidemiology. The recertification exam questions are not identical to any in the active pool of questions used on the initial certification examination, but were developed or redesigned by the CBIC Test Committee specifically for the purposes of the recertification examination. Like the initial certification exam, the recertification exam questions are based on the most current CBIC practice analysis, and the content outline is similar to the one used for the initial certification examination however, the scored domains and number of items in each domain area may vary slightly. The questions developed are held to the same standards and analysis as the initial certification examination. The purpose/goal of the recertification examination is to demonstrate continued knowledge mastery in the field of infection prevention and control.
The eight objectives for the 2016 recertification examination are as follows:
Candidates recertifying by recertification examination must complete the recertification exam application. The recertification exam must be ordered in the same calendar year the candidate is due for recertification. You can order the online recertification examination exam here. To complete a paper application, download the recertification examination order form here.
Please note: it takes up to 7 business days to process recertification examination applications.
Within seven days of receipt of a request for the recertification examination, the candidate will receive a confirmation e-mail with specific instructions on how to login to the recertification exam. The e-mail will include a unique ID and password that must be used during the login process. Candidates will be able to login and out as many times as necessary, prior to certification expiration, to complete the examination; responses provided during previous logins will be saved. Candidate score results will be provided online immediately after submitting the exam. Please pay close attention after your exam is submitted, as this will be the only indicator of a pass/fail for 2-4 weeks following submission.
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The recertification examination must be ordered in the same calendar year as the candidate is due for recertification. It can be ordered beginning January 1 of that year. The deadline to order the recertification examination is December 20. It must be completed and submitted for scoring by 11:59pm GMT / 6:59pm EST on December 31 of the recertifying year. However, CBIC strongly recommends submitting the recertification exam no later than December 30 to be sure that everything is submitted successfully in time.
Use this time zone converter to ensure you submit your exam on time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.
For more information about the recertification examination please see the Candidate Handbook.