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Coming in 2020: About the a-IPC Exam

The a-IPC (Associate – Infection Prevention and Control) entry-level certification examination is a measure of basic infection prevention competency. It is intended for the novice IP and for those interested in pursuing careers in infection prevention and control. It is also intended for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CIC®. The a-IPC is offered five to seven days a week at testing centers throughout the United States, Canada, and international sites around the world.

The a-IPC is an objective, multiple-choice examination consisting of 100 questions. 85 of these questions are used in computing the score.

The examination content is based upon results of a practice analysis, which is a survey of practicing professionals in infection prevention and control that is conducted by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) every 4-5 years.

The most recent practice analysis was conducted in 2014. The practice analysis determines the scope of knowledge and responsibilities that are currently required by, and are representative of, individuals practicing infection prevention and control. It is important to recognize that the examination content is based on this information, even though all elements of the examination may not seem to be directly relevant to every individual taking the exam.

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Examination Requirements

There are no education or job-specific requirements to be eligible for the a-IPC. A candidate must only have interest in the field of infection prevention and control.

Why the a-IPC?

The a-IPC is the perfect stepping stone to prove a candidate’s foundational knowledge, interest and dedication to the field, and provide him or her with the confidence to launch a career in infection prevention and control.

It is the ideal opportunity for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements of the CIC® exam to enter the field or to learn more about infection prevention and control.

Online a-IPC Application

You are not required to submit any supporting documentation to apply for the examination. The application fee is $295.

Application Resources

Before you begin the a-IPC application process, it is highly recommended you review the FAQ page, as well as the Candidate Handbook.


Copyrighted Questions

All test questions are the property of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) and are protected by copyright. Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted materials.

Test center administrators are not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the exam content. If you do not understand a question on the examination, you should answer the question to the best of your ability. Opportunity for feedback will be provided in the post-exam questionnaire.

CBIC's current Practice Analysis.