CIC® Recertification by Examination Overview

Recertification is required in order to maintain the CIC® designation. All currently certified (CIC®) professionals in infection prevention and control are eligible for recertification during the year that their certification is due to expire.

Recertifying candidates who choose to recertify by the internet-based recertification examination who do not pass cannot apply to retake the recertification examination but may apply to recertify by the initial certification examination. In order to maintain their certification after failing the recertification examination, they must pass the initial certification exam before the certification cycle ends. An individual may retake the initial certification examination a maximum of four times per year, and no more than once every 90 days. Because the initial certification examination is available by appointment only at designated testing sites, candidates are encouraged to purchase and complete their recertification examination early in the year to allow time to apply, schedule and take the initial certification exam in the event that they fail their recertification exam.

To maintain current certification, the internet-based recertification examination must be completed by 11:59 pm Greenwich Mean Time (6:59 pm EST) on December 31 of the CIC®s recertifying year. If a candidate fails to successfully recertify by the deadline, his/her certification will be considered to be expired and the CIC® designation can no longer be used. The candidate will then be required to apply for and pass the initial certification examination, meeting all of the eligibility requirements, in order to once again be considered certified and use the CIC® designation again.

The recertification examination is offered in an English-only, internet-based format.

Online Recertification Application

You are not required to submit any supporting documentation to take the examination.

CIC® Recertification Application - Online

Paper Recertification Application

To order the recertification examination by paper application, fill out the application form and fax or send to the CBIC Executive Office at 555 East Wells St. Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Fax: (414) 276-3349.

Please note: it takes up to 7 business days to process recertification examination applications.

If you have any questions please contact CBIC at

Important Web Browser Information when Taking the Exam

Effective April 1, 2018 our testing company, Prometric, has upgraded their security to help ensure privacy between communication applications and their users on the Internet. Because of this, not all web browsers will be compliant with the new security updates. Before testing, it is important to make sure your desktop systems and/or browsers meet new security requirements. Please follow the link below to make sure your computer is compliant with the new security requirements set in place by Prometric.

If your computer is not compliant with the new security requirements, we suggest communicating with your administrator to make the necessary changes to coincide with the update. If you have any issues or questions, please contact Prometric at

What to Expect After Submitting the Exam

At the end of the examination, please fill out the survey. The purpose of this survey is to record your feedback on the examination and how we might be able to improve your experience in the future.

Once you submit the exam, your score report will be shown immediately on your screen.

If you successfully pass the recertification examination, an electronic version of the official certificate will be available to you within 2-3 days after completion of the exam. A physical copy of the certificate is also available. All certificate requests and orders can be accessed here.

CIC® Recertification Exam Tutorial

The following screens are to assist you with understanding the process for logging into the recertification examination for the first time using the TC Net platform. Please feel free to contact CBIC at if you have any questions.

Click on each photo to make it larger.

Once you begin the exam, you can save and exit at anytime. The photo below shows what you should see along the top of your screen at all times.

Once you try to exit the exam, you will be taken to a screen with two options. You may either "Save and Exit" or "Submit" your exam. If you save and exit you can return to the exam later. If you submit, your exam will be scored and you will not be able to return to the exam. You will also see a series of feedback screens as shown below: