Yes, due to the additional strain of COVID-19 on the workload and time of CICs, CBIC will be granting all 2020 recertifying candidates a 90-day extension.
The new recertifying deadlines are as follows:
- Recertification examination: For those who opt to recertify by examination, the examination must be completed by March 31, 2021.
- Recertification by continuing education: For those who opt to recertify by continuing education, the IPUs portfolio must be submitted by January 31, 2021.
The recertification examination must still be purchased by November 30, 2020.
No, the recertification examination must still be purchased on or before November 30, 2020.
Yes, individuals can still recertify in 2020 if they would prefer. The 90-day extension will automatically go into effect for everyone who has not yet recertified but will not affect processing 2020 examination submissions.
No. If you successfully recertify, regardless of if you did so still in 2020 or within the extension period through 2021, you will be certified through December 31, 2025.
CBIC is committed to protecting the public by providing a standardized measure of competency in infection prevention and control. We recognize that because of COVID-19, many IPs and CICs have asked if CBIC will grant extensions outside of the normal scope of the extension policy, allow candidates to retake recertification or certification examinations if they had previously failed or have lapsed, or waive the eligibility requirements entirely. CBIC will not be allowing any re-testing and we will not be waiving the initial or recertification eligibility requirements. We understand that this may put many of our CICs in a difficult situation, which is why all 2020 recertifying candidates who have not yet recertified have been granted a 90-day extension and now have until March 31, 2021 to successfully recertify. Successfully completing the recertification process demonstrates continued mastery of knowledge in infection prevention and control, and it is times like these that remind us why this mastery of knowledge is so important. It is CBIC’s mission to provide pathways to assess and maintain infection prevention competency and the recertification process is critical in ensuring that our CICs continue to maintain the highest levels of infection prevention and control competency.
The mailing of paper certificates will temporarily be halted during this time. However, you may request and generate a digital certificate immediately via the "Certificate Request" form: https://cbic.execinc.com/edibo/CertificateReplacement.
Visit the CDC Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.