Update: Applications are currently closed for the LTC-CIP and will reopen in early February 2023. 

About the Long-Term Care Certification in Infection Prevention (LTC-CIP)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-term care homes provide a variety of services, both medical and personal care, to people who are unable to live independently. Examples of long-term care settings include:

  • nursing homes
  • skilled nursing facilities
  • assisted living facilities

The LTC-CIP provides a standardized measure of the basic knowledge, skills and abilities expected of professionals working in the field. Successful long-term care infection prevention certification indicates competence in the practice of infection prevention and control within a long-term care setting. 

The LTC-CIP is offered worldwide. The exam is an objective, multiple-choice examination consisting of 150 questions. 135 of these questions are used to compute the score. Individuals have the option to schedule to take the examination at a Prometric testing center or Prometric's remote testing system, ProProctorTMThe list of primary and secondary references used to develop the exam are now available under Exam Prep Resources

The LTC-CIP was written by actively working infection preventionists in long-term care settings. Content was developed based on the 2021 Practice Analysis. Learn more about how the examination is written by reading the Practice Analysis and reviewing the content outline.

LTC-CIP Examination Scoring

For the LTC-CIP Examination, there is one reported pass/fail decision score. A candidate needs a total test scaled score of at least 700 to pass the LTC-CIP Examination.  Scaled scores are determined by converting the number of questions answered correctly to a scaled score that ranges from 300 to 900.  Scaled scores provide a uniform frame of reference, based on the standard adopted by CBIC of the amount of knowledge necessary to pass, without regard to the specific examination form or version taken.  

Passing candidates will receive a Pass message.  No numerical scaled score is reported to passing candidates. A Pass message indicates that the candidate has mastered the required knowledge for this examination. Failing candidates will receive a scaled score between 300 and 699.  A numerical score indicates that the candidate has failed this examination. 

Please note that a scaled score is neither the number of questions answered correctly, nor the percentage of questions answered correctly. Scoring specific questions are available on the FAQ site


Sample Score Report-Pass

Sample Score Report-Fail

Eligibility Requirements for the LTC-CIP

**Review the eligibility requirements page for additional information.** 

Candidates will be required to submit the following documentation with their application:

Application Instructions 

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply are available here.

  1. Create a login and password.

2. Fill out an application.

Application Process

Update: applications now closed.

The beta testing period took place September 15, 2022-October 15, 2022. Results from the beta test will be released in early January 2023. 

Between October 16, 2022-January 31, 2023, the long-term care certification examination will not be available. The exam will re-open for regular testing in early February 2023. 

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