Which Exam is Right for You?

Congratulations! You’ve decided to take an important step towards your individual and professional growth by pursuing a certification in infection prevention and control.

What’s next?

Find out which certification is right for you:

  • CIC®

There will be no CIC® examination available from October 2021-December 2021. If you did not apply for the beta test by August 6 2021, you will have to wait for the updated exam available in 2022.

  • 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. 
  • Recommended two years of experience in infection prevention and control which includes experience in these specific areas.
  • Why the CIC? The CIC® credential identifies healthcare professionals who have shown mastery of knowledge in infection prevention and control.

Yes, this is the certification for me!

  •  a-IPCTM
    • No job-specific or educational requirements to apply.
    • This entry-level certification examination is intended for the novice infection preventionist, those interested in pursuing careers in the field of infection prevention and control, and those interested in learning more about infection prevention and control.
    • Why the a-IPCTM? This program is the perfect stepping stone to prove a candidate’s foundational knowledge, interest and dedication to the field. The a-IPCTM is ideal for those who do not meet the requirements for the CIC®.

    Yes, this is the certification for me!