In November 2022 the CBIC Board of Directors met to develop an innovative three-year strategic plan to be implemented in 2023 The revised strategic plan can be found on the CBIC website. Some highlights include updates to the CBIC vision and mission statements.
- A world free of infections through demonstrated professional competency.
- Provide pathways to demonstrate and maintain competence in infection prevention and control.
One of CBIC’s strategic priorities includes expanded accessibility to certification for professionals responsible for infection prevention across settings. Our first action to address this strategic priority was making a change to the Associate – Infection Prevention and Control (a-IPC) certification. The a-IPC™ was previously valid for three years and was not renewable. The a-IPC™ certification will now be valid for five years and is renewable through examination. Current a-IPC™ certificants will have their certification extended to a full five years. More information about this update can be found online.
Important dates for CIC® Recertification
For certificants with an expiration date of December 31, 2023, now is the time to review important dates for recertification.
The recertification examination application is available and may be accessed in your online profile. The recertification examination must be purchased on or before November 30, 2023. Applications submitted after November 30, 2023 will not be accepted. A passing score must be achieved, and your recertification examination must be completed by December 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm Greenwich Mean Time / 6:59 pm EST. To recertify through IPUs sign into your Profile and click on "My IPUs" on the top navigation panel. This header will only appear if you are actively certified. All active certificants can track their IPUs as soon as they become certified, however the IPU portfolio can only be submitted in the recertifying year. The $410 fee is required at the time of portfolio submission. The recertification portfolio must be submitted by 6:59pm EST on October 31 of the year you are due to recertify. To learn more about recertifying through IPUs, please visit the CBIC website.
Results from the first administration of the Long-Term Care certification in Infection Prevention (LTC-CIP) examination were released in December 2022. The application will reopen on February 1, 2023, for daily testing. To learn more about the LTC-CIP, please visit the CBIC website.
We have a wonderful team of Board members this year and I am honored to lead us through an important new year. Please note that we have worked hard to assure that our strategic plan is responsive to the dynamic needs of the various healthcare settings in which infection prevention and control are increasingly vital. But now action must move us forward so that the plan is not just on paper. As we implement the plan we will consciously and purposefully work to assure that it reflects feedback from our constituents and our commitment to continuous monitoring and improvement of the certification process. We also continue to seek the best ways to assess the outcomes of certification on patient safety, care delivery and costs as well as the impact and benefits to individual professionals who are certified. So now, my colleagues, onward!
Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, CIC
2023 President Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology