LTC-CIP: Recertification by Infection Prevention Units (IPUs) Overview
**The IPU portfolio will open Fall 2023 for all LTC-CIP credential holders to begin uploading credits. An announcement will be sent once this is available.**All currently certified LTC-CIP professionals in infection prevention and control are eligible for recertification during the year their certification is due to expire. Continuing education credits, hereby referred to as Infection Prevention Units (IPUs), can be achieved through a variety of activities including presenting at conferences, authoring publications, furthering academic education, attending local or national conferences, participating in a professional organization in a position of leadership, conducting research specific to the field of infection prevention, and teaching topics related to infection prevention. Relevant qualifying activities may be eligible for IPUs if they occurred within the five years prior to the recertification deadline. A minimum of 40 units must be documented and submitted in the candidate’s recertification year; documentation will only be accepted electronically via CBIC’s online portfolio system.
Professional Organization Participation Templates*
-Chapter Leader Template*
-Appointment Letter Template*
*Please note these templates are meant to act as a guide and should be updated accordingly. See CBIC's IPU Portfolio Guide for more information on the Recertification by IPU process.
To recertify by IPUs:
Sign into your Profile: https://secure.cbic.org/imiscbic/cbic/profile/ Click on "My IPUs" on the top navigation panel. This header will only appear if you are actively certified.
- Click "Add New IPU" to being entering credits.
- Click "Pay Now" when you are ready to submit your credits in the final year of your certification.
- Click the "Submit my Application for Review" button once you see the three green check marks at the bottom of your portfolio.
Upcoming Changes Effective 2028
To promote continuous learning, effective January 1, 2028, certificants must demonstrate that a portion of their IPUs have been attained in different years of the five-year certification cycle. Additionally, effective 2028, for multi-session infection control courses that offer continuous education units, an IPU may be awarded for each educational session of one hour or more, to a maximum of 30 IPUs for the course.
To better align with the strategic plan, the CBIC Board recommends candidates earn at least two IPUs from diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and health equity within healthcare as a part of the minimum required 40 IPUs. DEI and health equity should be self-evident in the title or learning objectives. Both APIC and IPAC Canada have webinars that would meet this criteria
What to Expect After Submitting Your Portfolio
The entire application process can take up to 30 days from date of receipt. Please allow 30 days after submitting your professional portfolio before contacting CBIC.
Once your professional portfolio has been reviewed, you will receive an email indicating whether or not your portfolio units met the prescribed criteria.
Revisions and Resubmissions
Revisions to your original portfolio will be allowed and you will have the chance to resubmit it for further review if it is not approved initially. You will receive an email notification for revision requests along with information on what activities were not accepted and why. Instructions on how to update your portfolio will be included in that communication. If you do not respond to the resubmission request, your portfolio will not be accepted and you will need to recertify using the proctored in-person examination. There is a limit of TWO revisions and resubmissions. If after the second and final revision your portfolio is not approved, you must recertify by taking the proctored LTC-CIP examination to maintain your LTC-CIP status.