CBIC Practice Analysis, Beta Testing, and the Revised CIC® Exam 

Reliability and validity of the CIC® examination is ensured through the test development process. CBIC is committed to performing a Practice Analysis every 4 to 5 years to ensure that the CIC® examination accurately reflects the responsibilities and required knowledge of those practicing in the field of infection prevention and control. Once this process is complete, the examination is updated to reflect the new standards. Learn more from CBIC President Janet Glowicz on the importance of this process.

The current examination form will be phased out and will no longer be available beginning on July 22, 2021May 28, 2021 is the last day to submit applications for the current CIC® exam. All interested applicants should verify you are eligible and apply before the deadline.  

CBIC Beta Testing and Revised CIC® exam WebinarIn this webinar, CBIC Board President Janet Glowicz, MPH, PhD RN, CIC, FAPIC, CDC discusses the Practice Analysis, details on beta testing, and the timeline of the revised CIC® exam.

How does this affect you?

Open AllClose All
  If you already have an exam scheduled:

You are scheduled to take the current version of the CIC® exam based off the 2015 Practice Analysis. Please note that you may not be able to request an extension should you need more time.

  • If you cannot find a testing date, you may need to cancel your eligibility to receive a partial refund or you will forfeit your fees should you fail to schedule. 
  • There is a mandatory 90 day wait between exam attempts. If you do not pass the exam you will not be able to test again on the current CIC® exam and will need to apply for the beta test or until 2022. 
  If you are planning to test later in the year:

There will be no CIC® examination available from October 2021-December 2021. 

  • If you meet the updated eligibility requirements, you may apply for the beta test; otherwise, the updated exam will be available in 2022. The beta test is only for indivduals looking to become certified for the first time, is it not available for recertifiers. 
  If you are thinking about applying for the current version:

May 28, 2021 is the last day to submit applications for the current CIC® exam. Any final current CIC® pending applications will be approved through June 30, 2021. 

  • Candidates who are approved will have until July 22, 2021 to take the exam and may not request extensions beyond that date. If you do not test by July 22, 2021 you will forfeit your fees and may not request a refund. 

Before the revised CIC® exam is released, beta testers who meet the eligibility requirements and are looking to become certified for the first time, must take the exam to set the new cut, or passing score. CBIC needs your help in this final essential process! All beta testers will receive$100 discount off of the regular $375 price. The beta test online application will open June 1, 2021 for the August-September testing window. Once applications are approved, beta testers must complete the exam by September 30, 2021. Those indivduals that pass the beta test will be CIC® certified and will need to recerifty after five years.

The revised CIC® exam tests on a variety of topics important to infection prevention practitioners, as determined by the recent Practice Analysis. The expanded examination content outline is a useful tool to judge the relevance of topics to the content of the examination and useful to help guide applicant's exam preparation. 

Please note that there will be no CIC® examination available from October 2021 through December 2021. The a-IPCTM and recertification examinations will still be available. There will also be a delay in receiving examination scores while revised exam standards are finalized. 

CBIC Revised CIC® Testing Timeline