You must have an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited academic institution. After December 31, 2020 Diploma RN’s will not be eligible to sit for the CIC® examination**.
Candidates with a diploma RN degree who have obtained CIC® certification prior to the December 31, 2020 cut off date will still be able to sit for the recertification examination during forthcoming recertification years. If a certificant lapses and only holds a diploma RN degree, they will not be eligible to take the initial exam.
** After considering appeals and requests from potential CIC® candidates, The Board of Directors of the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) has approved changing the eligibility criteria for individuals who hold a three-year Diploma RN degree. Previously, graduates with Registered Nursing Diploma degrees (“Diploma RNs”) were an exclusion and unable to certify. This change will deem Diploma Nurses from accredited institutions eligible to apply for the CIC® certification, effective immediately and will expire on December 31, 2020. After 2020, “Diploma RNs” will not be eligible to sit for the CIC® exam.