Requirements for CIC® Initial Certification and for Lapsed Certificants
(Effective June 1st, 2021)
Successful CIC® certification indicates competence in the actual practice of infection prevention and control and healthcare epidemiology.
It is intended for individuals who are directly responsible for the infection prevention and control program within their current position. Interested candidates must be actively employed and accountable for infection prevention and control.
**By Proof of Degree requirement note that: you must provide a diploma or transcript; a letter will not be sufficient.
**By Job Description: a letter written by your supervisor, colleague and/or HR department is not a sufficient job description document. This document must be an official job description provided on the letterhead of your employer entailing your duties and requirements of the position you hold along with a signature from your manager or supervisor.
In order to be eligible to take the initial certification exam, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
First-time candidates, candidates who have not successfully passed the examination, and lapsed certificants wishing to become certified again must have:
- Completed post-secondary education in a health-related field including but not limited to medicine, nursing, laboratory technology, or public health. Post-secondary includes public or private universities, colleges, community colleges, etc.
Direct responsibility for the infection prevention program activities in a healthcare setting
Work experience, defined as active engagement in infection prevention, determined by a current job description, for compensation, for a minimum of:
- At least one year full-time employment
- Two (2) years part-time employment
- Completed 3,000 hours of infection prevention work experience earned during the previous three (3) years
Typical Job Titles that Fit the CIC® Requirements:
List below are some job titles that may fit the CIC® requirements: Note that all applications will be reviewed thoroughly to determine a candidate’s true eligibility.
- Infection Preventionist
- Infection Control Link Nurse
- RN Infection Preventionist
- Epidemiologist (also includes Hospital Epidemiologist)
- Research Analyst (ICP/Epidemiology related)
Candidates will be required to submit the following documentation with their application:
- Attestation Statement (completed, signed and dated by supervisor)
- Proof of Degree (transcript or degree/diploma)
- Official Job Description (must be signed by your immediate manager or supervisor)
If you have any questions about these changes to the CBIC eligibility requirements, please contact the CBIC office at (414) 918-9796 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.