About the CIC® Exam

What is the CIC®?

The CIC® examination is the standardized measure of the basic knowledge, skills and abilities expected of professionals working in the field of infection prevention and control. The initial certification exam is an objective, multiple-choice examination consisting of 150 questions. 135 of these questions are used to compute the score. Learn more about how the examination is written by scrolling down to "Practice Analysis."  Individuals have the option to schedule to take the examination at a Prometric testing center or Prometric's remote testing system, ProProctorTM.

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CIC® Requirements

Review the eligibility requirements page.

Candidates are required to submit the following documentation with their application:

  1. Attestation Statement (completed, signed and dated by current supervisor)
  2. Proof of Degree (a diploma or transcripts)
  3. Current CV/Resume
  4. Official Job Description (must be signed by your immediate manager or supervisor- a sample job description is available online)
  5. $375 examination application fee (examination fee increasing to $410 on January 9, 2023)

There is no specific time requirement that defines “sufficient experience;” however we emphasize that this certification examination is geared toward the professional who has had at least two years of full-time experience in infection prevention and control.


Apply for the CIC®

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply are available here

  1. Create a login and password.
  2. Fill out an application.

Examination Appointment Policy

Please refer to CBIC's Examination Appointment Policy for information on rescheduling your examination appointment, requesting an extension to your current appointment date or eligibility end date, or cancelling your appointment date and/or eligibility altogether.


Prometric Experience

Visit our Prometric Experience page for more information on scheduling and what to expect on your test day.

Scoring and Score Report


CBIC pilots each examination content outline by administering the examination forms to a pool of eligible candidates. CBIC, along with its testing agency and a group of CIC® certified subject matter experts, uses these pilot examination results as the main component in a standard-setting study to determine the minimum passing score (referred to as the cut score) for the main forms of the CIC® examination. The purpose of the cut score is to establish the threshold at which a candidate demonstrates minimum competency in infection control. There are four different variations of the examination to help ensure exam security, and each exam cut score varies slightly to account for the small variations in difficulty among these exams.

View our Scoring Handout for further information.

Score Reporting

After the cut score is determined and the examination is re-published with the cut score implemented, candidates will receive an automatic score report at the time of exam completion at the testing center. This score report displays their score out of 135 total scored items on the exam – the other 15 items on the examination are in pre-test slots, to determine their validity and reliability, and do not count towards a candidate’s score. To preserve the integrity of the examination, CBIC cannot give out answers to incorrect questions. If a candidate receives a passing score, they are notified that they passed and are given their cumulative score on the exam. In accordance with the 2016 NCCA Standards, candidates who fail the examination, receive on their score report a diagnostic indicator of their performance in each of the eight domains on a diagnostic scale to help them better prepare to retest.

For more information on credentialing, watch this video from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence!

Practice Analysis

The examination content is based upon results of a practice analysis, which is a survey of practicing professionals in infection prevention and control that is conducted by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC ®) every 4-5 years.

The most recent practice analysis was conducted in 2020. The practice analysis determines the scope of knowledge and responsibilities that are currently required by, and are representative of, individuals practicing infection prevention and control. It is important to recognize that the examination content is based on this information, even though all elements of the examination may not seem to be directly relevant to every individual taking the exam. 

CBIC's current Practice Analysis.

Copyrighted Questions

All test questions are the property of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) and are protected by copyright. Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted materials.

Test center administrators are not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the exam content. If you do not understand a question on the examination, you should answer the question to the best of your ability. Opportunity for feedback will be provided in the post-exam questionnaire.