Exam Prep

Preparing for your CIC® examination takes time and practice. We want you to be as prepared as possible for your big day. In addition to the exam prep webinars and an online practice exam for purchase, we offer a number of other resources, including suggestions on how to prepare for your examination, how to discuss taking the examination with your supervisor or employer, a list of virtual study groups, and of course, the Candidate Handbook.

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  Primary and Secondary References

References have been categorized as primary and secondary sources for content information. Most questions are based on material in the primary references. Secondary references may be useful to help clarify more detailed issues in specific practice settings or content areas such as microbiology.

Primary References

  • Grota P, et al. APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, online ed., APIC.
  • Meehan, AK, Campbell, EA, Dudeck, MA, Edwards, JR, & Herzig, C. Fundamental Statistics & Epidemiology in Infection Prevention,1st ed., APIC, 2016.
  • Kulich P, Taylor D, eds. The Infection Preventionist’s Guide to the Lab, APIC, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Brooks, Kathy. Ready Reference for Microbes, 4th ed., APIC; 2018.

Secondary References

  • Current Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • Current guidelines, standards, and recommendations from CDC, SHEA, HICPAC, and Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • AORN guidelines for perioperative practice.
  • The Pink Book - Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
  • Pickering, Larry K, ed. Red Book, 30th ed., Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018.
  • Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario), Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. Best practices for environmental cleaning for prevention and control of infections in all health care settings. 3rd ed. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2018.
  • Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario), Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. Interim guide for infection prevention and control of Candida auris. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2019.
  Exam Prep Webinars and Online Practice Exam

At this time, CBIC only offers on-demand webinars for the 8 core competencies of the examination and the online practice exam. Both materials can be purchased using the links below. 

Other materials that may have the CBIC name or acronym on them, but are not sold on the CBIC website, are not produced by CBIC. If you would like to verify whether or not a resource is produced by CBIC please email us at info@cbic.org. However, please note that CBIC neither recommends nor endorses any study materials for the CIC® examination. The purchase and review of the on-demand webinars or online practice exam do not guarantee success on the examination.

Exam Prep Webinars

Online Practice Exam

  Study Groups/Other Resources

Learn from fellow candidates preparing for the examination by participating in a virtual study group! Below is a list of available study groups.

  • Florida HAI CIC® Study Group: To provide access to infection control education and promote certification amongst health care personnel, and public health staff to prevent HAIs from occurring among the residents and visitors who enter health care facilities in Florida.
  • Puget Sound APIC 062-Washington State Department of HealthAn hour-long, weekly webinar that reviews sample CIC study questions and discusses the rationale for the answers.  Feel free to join every week or every so often, no big commitments, just the assistance you need to be successful in obtaining your CIC. This webinar series is provided at no cost. 
  • Colorado Hospital Association CIC Virtual Study Group: CHA is pleased to offer a free, 12-session virtual study group for those interested in taking (or just learning about) certification in infection control (CIC).
  • Kern Rivers APIC Chapter: Posts CIC® preparatory videos to YouTube, dividing the APIC Study Guide, 6th Edition into different topics.
  • CIC® Academy WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/2hxImEYhgp02VKiPSaKsEX 
    • Meets every day from 1:00-2:00 PM, EDT via WhatsApp, utilizing APIC Study Guide, 6th Edition, and other resources.
    • The goal is to raise Infection Preventionist's knowledge and promote CIC® certification by motivating and preparing members for certification, hosting a daily discussion of CIC® questions by certified members, celebrating the successes of those recently certified, and much more. View more information about the group here.
    • Admin contact via WhatsApp message: +966564989595 – Mr. Maher
    • Contact Group Admin if you receive an error message that the group is full.
  • Washington State Hospital Association IP Mentoring Program: This webinar series is designed to focus on new or inexperienced IPs, but everyone is invited to attend the webinars. Special guests and experts from across the Northwest will speak on a variety of subjects, from TAP reports to how to deal with stress.

You can also start your own virtual study group. Find out more information about the tools and resources you will need to get your own study group set up.

Know of other study groups in your area? Send us the information to info@cbic.org so we can help spread the word!

  Scholarship Opportunities
  • The Competency Advancement Assistance (CAA) program

    • Designed to provide monetary assistance to infection preventionists who are APIC members and interested in taking the CIC® exam. Award recipients will receive either funding for resources to prepare for the examination or reimbursement for the examination cost if they pass.

    • The 2020– 2021 CAA Program application period will open in June. Please check back for more information then, or visit the APIC website.


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