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About the 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 2015 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.

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 log into 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 log in and out as many times as necessary, prior to certification expiration, to complete the examination; responses provided during previous sessions will be saved. Candidate pass/fail results will be provided immediately on screen upon exam submission.

Tips for Navigating the SARE

  • If you want to save your answers and return to the exam at another time, click “End Test” and then click “Save and Exit”. This will allow you to enter the exam again at the place where you left off. DO NOT CLICK “SUBMIT”. If you do, your exam will be submitted for scoring and you will not be able to re-enter.
  • After finishing the last question, you will have an opportunity to review your answers via an Item Review Page. Click on any test item to view your answer. To view the previous or next test items on the list, click “Previous” or “Next”. To return to the Item Review Page, click the “Back” button on your browser.
  • Before you receive your pass/fail confirmation, you must also respond to a short 11-question survey. Your answers to these questions will help CBIC evaluate and continue to improve the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination process. The survey questions are not scored and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
  • If you need your link to the SARE, your eligibility information resent to you, or technical assistance, please contact the CBIC office at +1 (414) 918-9796 or

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 11:59pm on December 30 of the recertifying year.

For more information about the SARE please see the Candidate Handbook or the "About Recertification" page of the website.

There is a nonrefundable fee for each SARE purchased


Last updated: April 23, 2015
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