About the a-IPCTM Exam
What is the a-IPCTM?
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-IPCTM is an objective, multiple-choice examination consisting of 100 questions. 85 of these questions are used in computing the score.
*Passing the a-IPCTM does not automatically qualify you for the CIC®. You must still meet the CIC eligibility requirements to sit for the CIC®
How do I take the a-IPCTM?
There are no eligibility requirements necessary to apply for the a-IPCTM. The a-IPCTM is offered five to seven days a week at testing centers throughout the United States, Canada, and international sites around the world. Candidates may also utilize a remote proctoring option at no additional cost or approval process.
How long is the a-IPCTM valid for?
The a-IPCTM is valid for three years and is not renewable. Once the three-year period is up, it is expected that candidates will continue on to get their CIC® which demonstrates a continued commitment to the field of IPC, as well as mastery of knowledge.