The a-IPC is an entry-level certification examination. Successful certification will demonstrate basic infection prevention competency. It is designed to enable those individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CIC® and others the opportunity to enter the field.
The a-IPC is intended for the novice IP and those interested in pursuing careers in infection prevention and control who don’t meet the CIC® eligibility requirements. The CIC® is intended for those professionals already working or practicing in the field of infection prevention and control. The a-IPC is a separate credential from the CIC®.
The a-IPC is the perfect stepping stone to prove a candidate’s foundational knowledge, interest and dedication to the field. Successful certification indicates interest in the field to potential or current employers.
The a-IPC is valid for three years.
The a-IPC is not renewable. Once the three-year period is up, it is expected that candidates will continue on to get their CIC®. This demonstrates commitment to the field of IPC, as well as mastery of knowledge.
There is an application fee of $295.
Candidates interested in the a-IPC can apply and pay the application fee online. More information about applying will be available in 2020.
There are no job-specific or educational requirements to apply for the a-IPC. Applicants ideally will have an interest in the field of infection prevention and control.
There are 100 questions in total. 85 of the questions are used in computing the score.
If you decide that you no longer want to take the examination, you may contact the CBIC office and ask the staff to cancel your eligibility. CBIC will refund your money less a $60 administrative processing fee.
CBIC does not endorse any particular method of study or education. However, CBIC highly suggests reviewing the content outline and list of references available in the CBIC Candidate Handbook.You should study from the texts that are used to write the questions for the exam. In addition, CBIC’s partner organization, APIC, offers some study materials. Visit www.apic.org for more information.
The a-IPC is administered at hundreds of testing sites throughout the United States, Canada, and at select international sites through the testing company Prometric. To locate a testing center closest to you, visit Prometric’s site.