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 Reports

 

For candidates that are unsuccessful on the CIC examination, your score report provides you with comprehensive diagnostic feedback.  The breakdown of results shows the content areas where you received a Low, Medium, or High study priority. Please note that due to the small number of items at the content area level, the content area diagnostic level description information derived from your test result may not be reliable and is intended only for providing guidance in case you want to take the test again. We recommend you focus your studies on all content areas when preparing to retake the exam, not only those on which you performed at the Low and Medium levels.

Effective January 2, 2023, CBIC is updating the score reports for the CIC®. The difficulty of the examination is not changing nor is the examination content. More information is available below on the updates to the CIC® score reports. 

For the CIC® Examination, there is one reported pass/fail decision score. A candidate needs a total test scaled score of at least 700 to pass the CIC® Examination.  Scaled scores are determined by converting the number of questions answered correctly to a scaled score that ranges from 300 to 900.  Scaled scores provide a uniform frame of reference, based on the standard adopted by CBIC of the amount of knowledge necessary to pass, without regard to the specific examination form or version taken.  

Passing candidates will receive a Pass message.  No numerical scaled score is reported to passing candidates. A Pass message indicates that the candidate has mastered the required knowledge for this examination. Failing candidates will receive a scaled score between 300 and 699.  A numerical score indicates that the candidate has failed this examination. 

Sample Score Report-Pass

Sample Score Report-Fail

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.

 

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