WHAT IS THE SELF-ACHIEVEMENT RECERTIFICATION EXAM (SARE)?
The SARE is a 150-question, multiple-choice, web-based examination designed to assess the knowledge of professionals in infection prevention and control and epidemiology. SARE questions are not identical to any in the active pool of questions used on the computer-based certification examination, but were developed or redesigned by the CBIC Test Committee specifically for the purposes of the SARE. Like the certification examinations, SARE questions are based on the most current CBIC practice analysis, and the content outline is identical to the other examinations. The questions developed are held to the same standards and analysis as the other examinations. However, the SARE is geared toward the advanced infection prevention and control re-certifier (who is, at minimum, a five-year practitioner), so some questions may be more difficult than those on the certification examination, which is geared toward a two-year practitioner. The purpose/goal of the SARE is to demonstrate continued knowledge mastery in the field of infection prevention and control.
The six objectives for the 2012 SARE are as follows:
1. Identify infectious disease processes
2. Describe the components of an effective surveillance system
3. Discuss the processes used in preventing/controlling the transmission of infectious agents
4. Describe the components required for managing an Infection Control Program
5. Describe the methods used to develop education and research projects
6. Identify Infection Control aspects of employee health
Candidates recertifying by SARE must complete the SARE application. The SARE must be ordered in the same calendar year the candidate is due for recertification. You can order the online SARE exam here. To complete a paper application, download the SARE order form here.
HOW THE SARE WORKS
Within seven days of receipt of a request for the SARE, the candidate will receive a confirmation e-mail with specific instructions on how to login to the SARE. 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 log ins will be saved. Candidate results will be provided online and will also be sent to the candidate’s e-mail address.
WHAT IS "THE TESTING WINDOW"?
The SARE 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 SARE is December 1. It must be completed and submitted for scoring by December 31 of the recertifying year.