Exam Prep

Preparing for your CIC® examination takes time and practice. We want you to be as prepared as possible for your big day. We offer a number of resources, including suggestions on how to prepare for your examination and of course, the Candidate Handbook.

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  Primary and Secondary References (CIC® and a-IPC)

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.
  Primary and Secondary References (Long-Term Care Examination)

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

  • APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, 4th ed.,
  • Volume I, Volume II and Volume III, APIC, Washington, DC,
  • Kulich P, Taylor D, eds. The Infection Preventionist’s Guide to the Lab, APIC, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Heymann, D., ed. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th edition, Washington, DC: American Public Health Association
  • Brooks, Kathy. Ready Reference for Microbes, 4th ed., APIC
  • Infection Prevention guide to long term care 2nd edition (APIC)
  • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – Centres for Disease Control

Secondary references

  • 10 Ethical Principles in Geriatrics and Long Term Care  

https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/altc/content/10-ethical-principles-geriatrics-and-long-term-care-2 

  • Position on Ethics Committees in Long Term Care 

https://paltc.org/amda-white-papers-and-resolution-position-statements/position-ethics-committees-long-term-care
 

  Online Practice Exam

Materials that may have the CBIC name or acronym on them, but are not sold on the CBIC website, are not produced by CBIC. CBIC offers a practice examination that may be purchased and accessed 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.

Online Practice Exam

  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 2022– 2023 CAA Program application period will open in June. Please check back for more information then, or visit the APIC website.


 

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