President's Welcome Message
As we pass the halfway mark of 2022, I hope that many of you are able to enjoy time with family and friends.
It was wonderful to see so many certified IPs in attendance at the CIC reception in Indianapolis held in conjunction with APIC’s 2022 conference. Thank you to everyone that stopped by the CBIC booth or took a moment to say hello during the event. For those of you that attended the conference virtually, thank you for your continued dedication to infection prevention. I want to take a moment to highlight the exciting activities and test opportunities we have underway with CBIC:
New! Long Term Care Certification in Infection Prevention (LTC-CIP)
After consultation with stakeholders and the completion of a job task analysis, the development of a certification exam for long term care settings was approved. Several CIC Infection Preventionists (IPs) with long term care experience began the task of item writing and item review. We are now ready for Beta Testing! A special thank you goes out to those CIC IPs who volunteered their personal time for both the task analysis survey and for the item writing and item review.
CBIC opened applications for the Long-Term Care Certification in Infection Prevention (LTC-CIP) on July 13, 2022. The testing window will take place from September 15, 2022-October 15, 2022. All test takers will be part of the beta test and the LTC-CIP will begin daily testing in February 2023. All candidates testing during the September-October testing window will receive a discounted exam fee of $275 and will receive their results in early January. To learn more about the LTC-CIP eligibility requirements, please visit the CBIC website.
a-IPC™ Beta Test
CBIC will be revising the a-IPCTM exam based on our Practice Analysis results to ensure the exam stays relevant to those practicing in the field of infection prevention and control. Before the revised a-IPCTM exam is released, beta testers who take the exam are helping to set the new cut or passing score. The revised content outline is available online to help guide exam preparation. The beta exam with the updated content outline will be administered from July 1st and August 31st, 2022, to all candidates who applied on or after April 22, 2022. Beta testers receive a reduced exam rate of $225. Apply now on the CBIC website. We will close the beta test application on August 15.
Important dates for CIC® Recertification
For certificants with an expiration date of December 31, 2022, 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, 2022. Applications submitted after November 30, 2022 will not be accepted. A passing score must be achieved, and your recertification examination must be completed by December 31, 2022 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 $375 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.
Our best advice to those writing certification exams this year and next? Prepare, prepare, prepare!
This fall, CBIC will begin our strategic planning process to take us forward for the next three years. We will reflect on what we have achieved and will seek opportunities and pathways to both assess and maintain infection prevention competency. Thank you to all of our passionate CIC IPs for helping us on the way!
Sandra Callery, RN, MHSc, CIC
2022 CBIC President