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Becoming certified shows a commitment to best practices in infection prevention and control and improved care regardless of the facility type in which one practices. -- Lynn Fine, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Being a CIC to me means that I am considered as a subject matter expert to my peers and within my organization. -- Latasha Richards, MSN, RN, CIC
I have stayed an IP because every day I am able to use my clinical skills, knowledge, creativity, impact and influence to make a difference. -- Jeannie Sanborn, RN, BS, MS, CIC
Absolutely go for it! Sure, it's work, but so worthwhile.

-- Marcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC What are you waiting for?


Countdown to Recertification 

Recertification is required in order to maintain the CIC® designation. All currently certified (CIC®) professionals in infection prevention and control are eligible for recertification during the year that their certification is due to expire. For those CICs who are due to recertify in 2021, below are dates to keep in mind:

Recertifcation by Continuing Education

Portfolios due by Sunday, October 31st. Portfolios are not submitted until payment is submitted 

Recertification by Examination

Examination must be purchased by Tuesday, November 30th

Examination must be completed by Friday, December 31st 

Additional Information

Celebrate International Infection Prevention Week with CBIC

CBIC is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week, October 17-23, 2021. There are numerous activities planned during the week to celebrate IPs. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to interact with the community as well as your chance to win CBIC swag. 

CBIC will be hosting Facebook lives on Monday, October 18th and Thursday, October 21st at 1PM CST. Join CBIC Board members to discuss the importance of certification, interact with fellow IPs, and the opportunity to ask questions. RSVP to the events on Facebook for reminders as the dates get closer!

Nominate an IP Idol: Nominate a colleague, mentor, or other IP that you idolize for showing exemplary service, competence, and leadership in the field. Below are the ways to nominate:

  • Submit 4-6 sentences about your nominee and a photo of the individual or group in action (if possible) to
  • Post the individual or group on social media with the hashtag #IPIdol and tagging CBIC along with why they are idols. 

Nominations run October 17-23, #IPIdols will be shared the following week. Those who submit CICs/a-IPCs will be added to a random draw for CBIC swag, and their pick will get a CBIC swag package as well! 

Updated CIC® Testing Timeline

Reliability and validity of the CIC® examination is ensured through the test development process. CBIC follows best practices for test development and cut score as determined by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E). CBIC is committed to routinely performing a Practice Analysis to ensure that the examination accurately reflects the responsibilities and required knowledge of those practicing in the field of infection prevention and control.

Thank you to all beta testing participants! With the conclusion of the beta testing period, new passing standards will be created and validated. Test takers will receive the results of their exam mid-December and if a candidate is deemed passing, they will be CIC® certified. There will be no CIC® examination available from October 2021-December 2021. The a-IPC and recertification exams are still available. 

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Updated Eligibility Requirements

CBIC routinely evaluates CIC® eligibility requirements. This is done by regularly monitoring trends found among qualifications in CBIC’s pool of applicants and in the event any common questions or concerns are raised among certificants or prospects regarding the eligibility criteria. As of June 1, 2021, there are revised eligibility requirements for CIC® Initial Certification and for Lapsed Certificants. It is highly recommended you review all the eligibility requirements prior to applying.

Review the new requirements.




Number of individuals certified in Infection Control.


Number of individuals certified in Associate – Infection Prevention and Control.

(Updated 10/5/21)

COVID-19 Updates:

The CBIC Executive Office staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Mailing of international (outside the US) paper certificates and all merchandise orders will take longer to mail out as staff works remotely.

CBIC Staff are working remotely and will respond to all emails and phone calls in a timely manner.

Please note: the best way to reach CBIC Staff is by emailing (Updated 2/3/21)

COVID-19 and CBIC Updates


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CBIC and CIC Products

Here at CBIC, we want you to be able to wear your certification with pride! Check out our official CIC® merchandise so that you can display your accomplishments in style.


CBIC Multimedia

Podcasts or webinars? Teleclasses or brochure materials? Our multimedia page addresses frequently asked questions, showcases some of our amazing CICs, and continues to inform the public about the industry.


CIC® in the Spotlight

Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control? What does being a CIC® mean to you? View our Spotlight series, and find out how you can become featured!


Why Certify?

Still on the fence about certification? Find resources for educating others about the value of a CIC® Credential, a Why Certify? infographic, and an infection prevention recruitment video.


The CIC® is recognized as the premiere infection prevention and control certification for nurses in Canada.


of certificate holders find their CIC® very impactful.


of certificate holders earned a raise or better position after earning the certification.


of certificate holders would recommend a CIC® certification to their peers.

CIC® is the only accredited certification in infection prevention and control. Accredited Certification Matters