The CBIC Executive Office is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Paper applications will not be processed during this time. Mailing of paper certificates will also temporarily be halted.

CBIC Staff are working remotely and will respond to all emails and phone calls in a timely manner.

Please note: the best way to reach CBIC Staff is by emailing

A Message from CBIC about COVID-19

Dear CICs and CBIC Followers,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is imperative that we remain steadfast in our infection prevention efforts. Your CIC® credential sets you apart and is a visible reminder of your role as a leader in infection prevention and control.

As 2020 CBIC President, I wanted to personally let you know that CBIC is actively monitoring COVID-19 and how it may impact current and future certificants.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming testing date or a pending application, I encourage you to contact CBIC Staff who are working hard to accommodate test-takers and field questions. CBIC Staff can be reached directly at 414.918.9796 or Please be advised that processing requests for applications and refunds may take more time due to changes affecting the workflow of CBIC Staff.

Additionally, while these are most certainly challenging times, it is comforting to see the infection prevention community come together. CBIC’s partner organization, APIC, is now offering complimentary access to an APIC Text Online Chapter on Outbreak Preparedness and Response, in addition to posting regular updates from the CDC (, and IPs across the globe are working together to exchange information and resources to better inform one another about COVID-19.

It is times like these that remind us why effective IPC measures are so important. As you all are dealing with COVID-19, I want to encourage you to rely on your CIC® knowledge as the experts in infection prevention and control.

Thank you for your efforts and your courage during these difficult times.

With appreciation,






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  Will CBIC be granting extensions to recertifying candidates?

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.

  Does this extension apply to the recertification examination purchase date as well?

No, the recertification examination must still be purchased on or before November 30, 2020.

  Can I still recertify in 2020 if I prefer to?

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.

  Will this affect my next certification date?

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.

  What happens to my physical certificate if I recently certified or recertified?

The mailing of paper certificates will temporarily be halted during this time. However, you may request and generate a digital certificate immediately via the "Certifcate Request" form:

  When will the a-IPC officially launch?

COVID-19 has caused a delay in the examination development process. As such, it is anticipated that the a-IPC will launch end of May or beginning of June. Please visit this page for updates.

  COVID-19 has made it difficult for me to prepare for the CIC® certification examination. How can I get an extension?

CBIC is aware of the difficulty surrounding COVID-19 and is monitoring the situation closely. CBIC is working with Prometric to extend initial exam eligibilities of all candidates with pending eligibilities or upcoming examination appointments to June 1st.

  How can I check the status of my exam date?

Please check your exam appointment status prior to your exam date by visiting Prometric's website: CBIC continues to monitor the situation and will work with Prometric to extend eligibilities as needed. If testing site closures arise within 1-2 weeks of your exam date, please contact CBIC at

  What do I do if I have an appointment scheduled?

Prometric will be in contact with you on next steps if you have an appointment scheduled. Learn more on the Prometric Coronavirus Update page.

  Where can I go for updates on COVID-19?

Visit the CDC Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information: