How much does the initial certification examination cost?
The initial certification examination costs $375.
What type of degree do I need to apply?
Completed post-secondary education in a health-related field including but not limited to medicine, nursing, laboratory technology, or public health. This would mean that a diploma RN, an LPN/LVN, DPN, an Associate's degree nurse, a bachelor of science in public health etc. would be eligible. Post-secondary includes public or private universities, colleges, community colleges, etc.
Is there a specific degree I need to hold to apply?
Your post-secondary degree must be from an accredited institution and in a health-related field.
Do you have to have a certain job title to apply?
You do not need to have a certain job title to apply. However, below are some job titles that may fit the CIC requirements:
- Infection Preventionist
- Infection Control Link Nurse
- RN Infection Preventionist
- Epidemiologist (also includes Hospital Epidemiologist)
- Research Analyst (ICP/Epidemiology related)
What does the term, "direct responsibility," mean?
Within their role this person is responsible for providing consultation to departments or assigned practice settings on infection prevention and control program elements, practices and processes, as well as products used within health care facilities. For example, public health practitioners must be prepared to provide guidance appropriate to reduce transmission or halt outbreaks in a variety of practice settings and their job description includes this activity.
How do I apply?
To apply for initial certification, you will need to fill out an application. The online and paper application for the initial certification examination can be accessed here. For step-by-step instructions on applying for the initial certification examination, view our video tutorial.
Can I send my application materials prior to applying?
No, you must complete the entire application process.
Do you pre-screen candidate applications?
No. CBIC does not pre-screen candidate applications. It is highly recommended you review all the eligibility requirements prior to applying.
Do you offer a print version of the test?
No, we only offer computer based testing through Prometric.
Can I take the initial certification exam to help me apply for a job in infection prevention?
No, as part of the eligibility requirements for the exam, you must provide a current job description and attestation statement showing your responsibility over infection prevention and control procedures.
However, there are no eligibility requirements for the a-IPC.
What happens if I apply and I am found out to be ineligible?
You will receive a full refund of $375 if your eligibility is not approved.
Do I have to reapply if I failed my exam?
Yes. If you failed the initial exam and still wish to pursue certification, you will need to reapply and successfully pass the initial certification examination.
Do I have to pay again to reapply?
Yes. You must pay the full application fee of $375 to reapply.
How long do I have to wait to apply if I failed?
For the initial certification exam you may apply to retake (with full documentation and fee) the initial exam at any time after your failure notification comes from CBIC. However, there will be a mandatory 90-day waiting period between the date of your last exam and a new exam eligibility period. You may apply to take the initial exam a total of four (4) times in a twelve (12) month period.
What do I have to submit if I am reapplying?
You will need to submit any supporting documentation and payment again.
I don't meet all the eligibility requirements. What can I do?
If you are still interested in obtaining certification, continue to review the eligibility requirements to determine the steps you need to take to become eligible. You can also sign up for the CBIC newsletter for certification and eligibility updates, as well as view other educational opportunities through our partner organization, APIC: https://apic.org/.
If you are still interested in certification, consider the Associate - Infection Prevention and Control (a-IPC) entry-level examination. More information about the a-IPC can be found here.