CBIC along with its testing agency, Prometric, has worked to implement a test development strategy that establishes a fair examination process. In this process, we implement several different versions of the exam to ensure candidates don’t take the same exam, and for those who have to retake it, do not take the same exam twice. Each exam is comprised of 150 multiple choice questions. Only 135 of these questions are scored. The other 15 are test questions Prometric uses to ensure a fair exam. These questions are written by the Test Committee; new questions (or items) are cycled through each year for the initial certification examination and every two years for the recertification examination (formerly called the SARE).
The Test Committee is in charge of writing and reviewing these new items. It is a two-year commitment and is led by two Board members, the Test Committee Chair and Co-Chair. Members of the Test Committee participate in one of two ways: as part of the Item Writing Subcommittee or the Item Review Subcommittee. In order to participate in the Test Committee, you must be a current CIC® who has taken both the initial certification and the recertification examination.
Item writers participate in training with a test development professional from Prometric remotely. They are then given an assignment to write an estimated 6-7 different items in one of CBIC’s eight domains:
1) Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
2) Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
3) Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
4) Employee/Occupational Health
5) Management and Communication
6) Education and Research
7) Environment of Care
8) Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis
Once the item writing assignments are submitted, the newly written items are reviewed by a separate group of CIC® subject matter experts at the Item Review Workshop.
Item reviewers attend a two day in-person workshop facilitated by members of the Prometric test development staff. Subject matter experts who attend this meeting review questions submitted by the item writers. The finalized items are brought to the Form Review meeting, at which new test items are put into an examination form. Form reviewers are selected from current CBIC leadership.
The CBIC Board of Directors is comprised of 14 Directors, an APIC Liaison, an IPAC Canada Liaison, and the CBIC Executive Director. A Director’s term is three years. The full Board meets in person twice per year and by phone once per year.
As a Board member, you will also have the opportunity to take leadership roles within the CBIC Board structure. As a director, you may choose to run for the office of Board President, Secretary or Treasurer. You may also be selected to lead the Test Committee or Marketing Committee.
Note: the process for applying for the Board of Directors is separate from the other volunteer opportunities. Email notifications are sent out to all CICs in the early spring of each year. Please keep an eye on your inbox during this time for more information.