Profile of an Infection Prevention and Control Professional

Wondering what a "typical" infection prevention and control professional looks like? The following is a profile based on responses from CBIC's 2014 Practice Analysis survey. The complete practice analysis summary can be found here.

How can you help others become certified?

The mission of CBIC is to protect the public through the development, administration, and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control. CBIC maintains and promotes professional certification of the highest quality through the accomplishment of key objectives. With this mission in mind, CBIC has set a challenging goal of attaining 840 net new certificants each year in its strategic plan. You can help us and your profession by encouraging your colleagues, employees, members and other Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to become certified. You can find ways to show your support and encourage certification below:

Mentorship/Study Groups

Many Infection Prevention and Control Professionals have inquired about being mentored before taking their CIC® examination. While CBIC does not offer a mentorship program at this time for non-certified individuals, we encourage others to mentor colleagues or even start a mentorship program within your chapter or organization. You can also learn from others by setting up study groups with fellow candidates studying for their certification examination. Read about how to set up a virtual study group! Get ideas by reading about what other groups are doing to support certification.

CIC® Facilitator Resource Toolkit

The CIC® Facilitator Resource Toolkit was developed by CBIC to help APIC and IPAC Canada Chapters, State HAI Programs, hospital systems and other groups who support certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) with their certification efforts. This toolkit contains everything from a pre-scripted presentation, to template letters to use to request support from your supervisor or your foundation, to ideas for meetings, study groups, and other ways to help promote certification. You can view the individual components of the toolkit throughout our site or download the full toolkit here.

Interact with CBIC Online

CBIC is constantly generating new content to support certification. If you are on social media, or even just email, share our links and posts to help spread the word about certification. Here are some examples of what you can share:

  • CIC® in the Spotlight
    See what other CICs think about certification and get advice. Click here to find out how you can get involved and be featured as a CIC® in the Spotlight!
  • Podcasts
    CBIC records a half a dozen new podcasts each year. Podcast topics include subjects such as helpful resources, rationale behind CBIC policies, general certification and more! Listen to our most recent podcast and view our archive!
  • Tell your colleagues to sign-up for our Future CIC® E-newsletters!
    Every other month CBIC sends out an e-newsletter for Infection Prevention and Control Professionals who are interested in becoming certified. These e-newsletters contain featured current certificants, featured chapters and tips and advice for certification. Share this link with anyone who would like to receive these e-newsletters.

Contact CBIC for Resources

Please feel free to reach out to CBIC for print materials, future CIC® ribbons and pens to help support certification at your events. Email with the type of materials you will need, how many you will need and the address the materials should be sent to. Please also feel free to contact us for more online resources or advice on how you can help support certification!