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. $410 examination application fee 

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.

Break Structure 

New! Effective January 1, 2023:

The exam will have the following structure effective January 1, 2023: 
Introduction & Tutorial: 10 Minutes 
Section 1: 90 Minutes 
Candidate Break: 16 Minutes 
Section 2: 90 Minutes 
Survey: 5 Minutes


An optional, 16-minute scheduled break is built into the examination after 90 minutes. The first 75 questions must be completed in 90 minutes. When you are in the first 90-minute section of the examination, you will receive three timer alert warnings before the break begins. An alert will appear at 30, 15, and 5 minutes indicating the time remaining in that section. You will not be able to return to the first section of the examination after the break. If you decide to take the optional candidate break, please ensure you are returned to your seat before the 16 minutes has expired. You will have to allow time (5-6 minutes) to complete the standard check-in procedures when you return to the examination. You are not allowed to use any electronic devices or phones during breaks. Emergency/unscheduled breaks will be documented and any activity that is deemed unusual by the proctor will be documented.  If the proctor observes a candidate leaving the testing environment for any reason you may be subject to:
 
-psychometric review of your examination 
-results being placed on hold or withdrawn
-security/video review
 

Prometric Experience

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

Scoring and Score Reports

Effective January 2, 2023, CBIC updated the score reports for the CIC®. The difficulty of the examination did not change nor did 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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