The CIC and LTC-CIP have different content outlines which were developed from two separate practice analyses. For the CIC, long-term care is briefly addressed, but the LTC-CIP exam focuses specifically on the knowledge base and practices directly relevant to long-term care. Hence, while some of the topics in the content outlines overlap, all content domains for the LTC-CIP are interpreted specifically for long-term care.
The same rigor of test development and content creation went into the LTC-CIP as the CIC. CBIC adheres to the standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to ensure that all exams meet the stringent standards set by the credentialing community. NCCA standards state the certification program must use panels of qualified subject-matter experts (SMEs) to participate in all aspects of test development, including the setting of the passing standard, known as the standard setting.
The LTC-CIP is developed by actively working infection preventionists within long-term care settings. Both the CIC and LTC-CIP examination content are 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 LTC-CIP results in a certification. Other programs may be training programs for staff that results in continuing education credits and/or a certificate. The LTC-CIP was written by actively working infection preventionists in long-term care settings. Content was developed based on the 2021 Practice Analysis. Learn more about how the examination is written by reading the Practice Analysis and reviewing the content outline.
A certificate is awarded following the completion of a course or series of courses provides education and training around an intended learning outcome.
A certification is awarded following successful completion of a comprehensive examination process and provides an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills, and/or competencies required for competent performance of an occupation or professional role. After passing the LTC-CIP examination, certificants may put “LTC-CIP” after their name.
A certificate program typically encompasses baseline knowledge while a certification indicates mastery of knowledge. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence outlines the differences online.
CBIC will be applying for accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) once eligible. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence states, “A new certification program (one that has not previously received NCCA accreditation) may apply for accreditation either after one year of administration of the assessment instrument or when at least 500 candidates have been assessed with that instrument, whichever comes first.”
Yes, both the CIC and the LTC-CIP meet this requirement.