Eligibility Requirements for the Long-Term Care Certification in Infection Prevention (LTC-CIP)

Successful long-term care infection prevention certification indicates competence in the practice of infection prevention and control within a long-term care setting. This includes:

Direct or Divided Responsibility Within the Last Three Years*: Within their role this person is/was responsible for providing consultation to departments or assigned practice settings on infection prevention and control program elements, practices, and processes, as well as products used within long term care settings and/or provides direct supervision of those who perform these responsibilities. Other examples of those who are eligible are public health practitioners who must be prepared to provide guidance appropriate to prevent infection transmission or halt outbreaks in long-term care settings and these activities are incorporated into their job description.

*Experience includes:

  • At least one-year full-time employment

OR

  • Two (2) years part-time employment

OR

  • Completed 3,000 hours of infection prevention work experience in a long-term care setting earned during the previous three (3) years

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

  • Signed Attestation Statement 
  • Proof of Degree (copy of transcript or degree/diploma)
  • $275 application fee*
    • *(this is a reduced application fee for beta testing, the fee will increase to $410 in February 2023)

To be eligible to take the long-term care exam, you must meet ALL the following requirements AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION:   

  1. Completed post-secondary education in a health-related field including but not limited to medicine, nursing degree/nursing diploma, laboratory technology, public health, or biology.  Post-secondary includes public or private universities, colleges, community colleges etc.      
  2. Direct or divided responsibility of the infection prevention and control programs/activities in a long-term care setting within the last three years. Candidates will fill out an attestation form confirming this information.

     Infection prevention activities must include:

  1. Identification of infectious disease processes
  • Including modes of transmission, signs and symptoms
  1. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
  • Including syndromic surveillance
  1. Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
  • Standard precautions and transmission-based precautions
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  1. Environment of care
    • Infection Prevention and Control serves as consultant in construction and renovation, environmental services, emergency management; and more
  2. Cleaning, disinfection, asepsis, and sterilization best practices
  • Evaluation of disinfection and sterilization processes
  • Collaboration or consultation with central sterile reprocessing department or outside vendors.

AND at least two (2) of the three (3) components:

  1. Employee / occupational health
  2. Management and communication
  3. Education and research

  1. Employee/occupational health
    1. Collaboration or consultation with employee/occupational health regarding the following:
      • Counseling employees after exposure to communicable diseases
      • Education of employees to reduce exposure to communicable diseases
      • Supervision, oversight, or management of the employee/occupational health department
  2. Management and communication
    1. Manage the infection control and prevention program/processes
    2. Supervise the infection control and prevention program/processes
  3. Education and research
    1. Provide educational instruction to  residents and/or staff about infection control and prevention circumstances
    2. Collaboration with any infection prevention and control investigations

Typical Job Titles that Fit the Long-Term Care Examination Requirements:

On the list below are some job titles that may fit the long-term care examination requirements: Note that these are examples and not a comprehensive list. All applications will be reviewed thoroughly to determine a candidate’s true eligibility.

  • Infection Preventionist
  • Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner/Professional (ICP)
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • RN Infection Preventionist
  • Epidemiologist (e.g. Hospital, Public Health or HAI epidemiologist)
  • Research Analyst (Infection Prevention Control/Epidemiology related)
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