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.
The exam will have the following structure:
Introduction & Tutorial: 10 Minutes
Section 1: 90 Minutes
Candidate Break: 16 Minutes
Section 2: 90 Minutes
Survey: 5 Minutes
An optional, 16-minute scheduled break is built into the examination after 90 minutes. The first 75 questions must be completed in 90 minutes. When you are in the first 90-minute section of the examination, you will receive three timer alert warnings before the break begins. An alert will appear at 30, 15, and 5 minutes indicating the time remaining in that section. You will not be able to return to the first section of the examination after the break. If you decide to take the optional candidate break, please ensure you are returned to your seat before the 16 minutes has expired. You will have to allow time (5-6 minutes) to complete the standard check-in procedures when you return to the examination. You are not allowed to use any electronic devices or phones during breaks. Emergency/unscheduled breaks will be documented and any activity that is deemed unusual by the proctor will be documented. If the proctor observes a candidate leaving the testing environment for any reason you may be subject to:
-psychometric review of your examination
-results being placed on hold or withdrawn
Individuals have the option to schedule to take the examination at a Prometric testing center or Prometric's remote testing system, ProProctorTM. The 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