Take and pass the recertification examination (formerly called the SARE). The recertification examination is offered online in web-based format. You can test on your own home computer and on your own schedule. For those whose certification expires on December 31, 2016, the recertification examination must be purchased on or before December 1, 2016. Applications submitted after December 1, 2016 will not be accepted. A passing score must be achieved, and your recertification examination must be completed by December 31, 2016 at 11:59pm GMT / 6:59pm EST. You must have an updated, valid email address on file with CBIC in order to receive the confirmation email with specific instructions on how to log into your recertification examination. This email includes instructions on how to log into the exam, as well as troubleshooting information. Certificants are able to log in and out as many times as necessary within the established testing window to complete the examination; responses/answers during previous log ins will be saved. Candidate pass/fail results are provided on the screen immediately following submission of the exam and completion of the post-exam survey.
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 1. No applications for the recertification examination will be accepted after December 1. 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 examination no later than December 30 to be sure that everything is submitted successfully in time.
The initial certification examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, of which 135 are scored (15 are pretest questions and do not count for or against your score). Candidates will not know which questions are the pre-test questions. The initial certification exam is the only option for the first-time certifier. The initial certification examination is a timed; closed-book test administered by computer and must be taken at specified testing agencies which are geographically located throughout the United States and internationally. Read more about the initial certification exam in the Candidate Handbook.
Like the initial certification exam, the recertification examination is also a 150 multiple-choice question exam of which 135 are scored (15 are pretest questions and do not count for or against your score). Candidates will not know which questions are the pre-test questions. The recertification examination is a web-based exam and a link to the exam is emailed to the candidate. It is an open-book exam and can be completed at the candidate’s pace, but must be submitted for scoring by 11:59pm GMT / 6:59pm EST on December 31st* of the year in which the certification expires. Both tests are based on the most current CBIC Practice Analysis and Examination Content Outline. Read more about the procedures for the recertification examination in the Candidate Handbook.
*CBIC strongly recommends submitting the recertification exam no later than December 30th to be sure that everything is submitted successfully in time.
Some email programs see the email as Spam. Check your spam folder for the email. To minimize the possibility of not receiving the link (and the score after you submit the exam) add the email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your address book as a new contact after you submit your recertification examination order form. This way your computer is more likely to interpret the email as "friendly." If you are using a work email address, contact your IT department and ask them to "allow" emails from this address to reach your email inbox. Some companies have filters which prevent perceived spam from reaching employees. If you continue to experience issues, please call the CBIC Executive Office at (414) 918-9796 or email us at email@example.com for assistance.
Changes in federal regulations, accrediting standards, healthcare products, and patient care practices occur frequently. CBIC performs a practice analysis every 4-5 years in order to capture the impact of these changes on the profession. In order to assess the competency of the certificant given these changes, five years was chosen as the certification renewal and is consistent with good testing practice standards.
No. The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. believes strongly that the best way to evaluate competency is through regular testing. For more background information about this trend in the certification industry, please refer to this article written by a CBIC Past President and originally published in both the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and the Canadian Journal of Infection Control (CJIC). CBIC also explains the importance of recertification in a podcast conversation between CBIC Board Secretary Linda Goss and Prometric Director of Psychometric Services Julia Leahy, which you can listen to here.
CBIC no longer provides the answers to questions answered incorrectly on the recertification examination. CBIC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). One of NCCA's standards requires that certification programs develop and adhere to appropriate, standardized, and secure procedures for the development and administration of the assessment instruments (examinations). Certification programs are responsible for protecting the integrity of assessment information, which includes the questions. The responsibility requires the use of security processes that restrict access to assessment information to authorized individuals. Therefore, providing the missed questions and the correct answers would remove the security associated with the certification examination. After completion of the post-exam survey, an onscreen pass/fail indicator is generated to inform the candidate of the result of their examination. In addition, a letter will be mailed to the candidate disclosing their overall score on the recertification exam two to four weeks after exam submission.
No. You can only take the recertification examination once during your recertification cycle. However, you can test again using the proctored certification examination administered at Prometric testing facilities to maintain your certification if you fail the recertifiication exam.
There is no waiting period to take the proctored certification examination administered at Prometric testing facilities if you don’t pass the recertification exam. If you fail the recertification examination, the CBIC office will email you the new examination application using the email address on file. If you do not pass this examination, your certification will lapse and you will have to wait until the following year to reapply as a first-time applicant. Remember to plan ahead, because you must pass either the recertification examination or the certification exam (only if the recertification exam is failed) by 11:59pm GMT / 6:59pm EST on or before December 31st* of your recertification year.
*CBIC strongly recommends submitting the recertification exam no later than December 30 to be sure that everything is submitted successfully in time.
It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to process and mail certificates.
Please contact the CBIC Executive office at (414) 918-9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a receipt.
Certificants are responsible for recertification regardless of whether or not they have received notification of expiration from the CBIC Executive Office. If you have moved since you last applied for CIC® certification or recertification, it is imperative that you send your updated information to the CBIC office. Use the Change of Contact Information Form on our website. Keeping our database up-to-date allows us to notify you when your certification is due to expire and to send you CBIC news in our quarterly e-newsletter. Notifying the APIC office does NOT automatically notify the CBIC office.
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