December 2013 E-newsletter

CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 9; Issue 1
December 2013

CBIC President’s Message

As we come to the end of 2013, I would like to share my thoughts on the importance of certification in infection prevention and control and how it makes healthcare safer for all. When we look at the number of certificants (5,638 as of December 2nd, 2013), you have exceeded our expectation for both new certification and for recertification by SARE this year (we project more than any year back to 2008).

CBIC was able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of certification at the CHICA and APIC meetings this past spring. See pictures and more information here. The leadership of both organizations continues to champion the importance and value of certification. I want to mention that during her busy year as APIC President – Patti Grant – found time to recertify. Congratulations Patti! This was a great example for infection preventionists to recall when planning for next year – you can never be too busy to maintain and enhance your professional profile.

This year CBIC began to engage different forms of communication to expand our reach through the use of Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn. Please see more information regarding where you can find CBIC on social media later in the newsletter.

In the fall, I attended the 13th meeting of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I spoke on professionalism and certification at the meeting. Not only did attendees discuss facing similar solutions and challenges as North American IPs, they also expressed their desire to demonstrate and communicate that healthcare facilities with trained certified professionals will have better patient outcomes. In 2014, many changes are coming from CBIC. We are beginning the important work of a new practice or job analysis to determine what an IP does in their practice. The results will influence test content over the next four to five years. At the APIC meeting in 2014, CBIC will offer a one-day educational session, Certification Preparatory Course. This course will be Friday, June 6th, 2013. Watch the CBIC website for more information on this course. CBIC continues our mission to expand the universe of certification by looking outside North America for opportunities but also to investigate if the certification examination can be offered in other languages such as French and Spanish. CBIC will welcome two new members to the Board in 2014, Vincent Hsu and Roy Boukidjian. Finally I want everyone to know that I am more committed than ever before to increasing the number of certificants as well as demonstrating the value of certification – so that if my mother or grandson is hospitalized, I will know that a trained, competent, certified Infection Preventionist is part of their healthcare team.

Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of CIC ®

As 2014 winds down, we want to once again thank you for helping us celebrate this monumental year. We’ve helped recognize the original group that was certified in 1983 at the APIC National Conference , sent recognition letters to administrators who had employees that were part of the original cohort, and gave away special 30th Anniversary pins to those who are currently certified and those of you who visited us at the CBIC booths at the CHICA-Canada and APIC conferences. Please visit out 30th Anniversary webpage. If you have any stories regarding the 30th Anniversary of the exam, please feel free to share at

**CIC Exam Study Tip**

Pick a convenient time that meets your needs:
–Plan for a time of year that you aren’t busy
–Assure you wait long enough to gain experience
–Build in a “cushion” for unexpected emergencies
–Schedule the specific date
–Work backward to provide adequate study time

CBIC Social Media Task Force

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube are quickly becoming popular ways for organizations to reach out to their members and others interested in the work of the organization. CBIC has begun to expand into social media to increase the visibility of CBIC and promote the CIC® certification. CBIC has created a Social Media Task Force to help us spread the news about the importance of certification as well as the mission of the organization. We thank Crystal Heishman, Kristen Kelley, and Binod Baral under the direction of CBIC Board Director, B. Joann Andrews, for their ideas and input into CBIC’s social media outlets.

IFIC Update

The International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) facilitates worldwide networking of individuals and societies active in infection prevention and control by fostering communication, providing essential tools and educational materials as well as helping in the development of infection control organizations where needed.

Currently IFIC has 66 members from 51 countries. Due to generous donations from member societies, patron members and individuals, IFIC has in recent years been able to sponsor young, scientifically active IC practitioners to come to the IFIC conferences and hope to expand this activity.

In October, CBIC President Craig Gilliam and Executive Director Anne Krolikowski attended Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 13th IFIC Conference. CBIC Past President Terrie Lee, currently an IFIC Board member, wanted to highlight the current and future activities from their latest newsletter, especially the recent launch of a mentorship exchange scholarship program with the hopes to link individuals or groups from an undeveloped region with someone from a more developed region, to facilitate the sharing of infection prevention and control information. That program is explained on the IFIC website where you can also find application forms. If you know of a group or chapter of APIC or CHICA that would like to serve as a site of expertise, they might consider getting involved in this way. If anyone has questions about the mentorship program, please contact Terrie Lee ( for further information.

Media Update

To kick off International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 2013, Webber Training offered a free teleclass, The Road to CIC Certification: Getting Started and Working Toward Success on Thursday, October 17th featuring CBIC 2013 President-Elect Dr. Kathryn N. Suh, MD FRCPC CIC, The Ottawa Hospital and 2013 CBIC Board Director Ruth M. Carrico, PhD RN CIC, University of Louisville School of Public Health.

The Learning Objectives were as follows:
- Review basic elements of certification such as candidate requirements and the application process
- Appreciate the role certification plays in a competent approach to infection prevention and control
- Value the impact of certification on the profession of infection prevention and control
- Be aware of strategies that can help the infection preventionist prepare for certification

If you missed the presentation, you can listen to the recording of the teleclass here

Podcast Series: Stay tuned for our next podcast regarding Examination Eligibility.

Certified IP/ICP Day 2013

Congratulations to all of those who helped CBIC celebrate Certified IP/ICP Day in October. As always, we are proud to showcase CICs in social media and through our email broadcasts. A special congrats goes to Jennifer Conti for winning the Amazon gift card, just for being certified!

Re-Certification Reminder

To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify within five calendar years of passing the examination. All currently certified Infection Preventionists are eligible for recertification. If you have not already taken the following steps, please review the following options for recertification:

  1. Take and pass the proctored computer-based (CBT) examination
    The proctored Computer-Based Test (CBT) can be taken at over 150 Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Assessment Centers Monday through Friday at either 9:00 am or 1:30 pm.
    • The online application can be found on the CBIC ( website here.
    • You can also download the paper application as well as the candidate handbook at for all the information on administrative policies.
    • International certificants can also recertify via the computerized examination. For a list of domestic and international assessment center locations, please visit the AMP website at
    • • If you wish to recertify via CBT, you must have your examination appointment scheduled on or before December 30, 2013 (assessment centers are closed on December 31).

Certified professionals who do not recertify before their current certification period expires will lose their CIC designation as of December 31st of the last year of the current certification period, and are prohibited from using the CIC designation. They must reapply for the CBT and successfully pass the CBT before they can use the CIC designation again. If you need further information regarding the CBIC Examination process, please visit the CBIC® website at to review the online CBIC Candidate Handbook.

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