President’s Message September 2018
As the summer days begin to shorten and children return to school, Infection Preventionists enjoy a new season as well. Vacations have been enjoyed with family and loved ones, APIC and IPAC conferences are over for another year, and life returns to “normal”. Although, it’s hard to say what normal is for those of us in Infection Prevention these days. For me it is a time of renewal and opportunity. Do you find yourself energized at this time of year?
If you are contemplating new challenges this year now is a great time to make a commitment to prepare for the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®) or to recertify before year end. Why should you become certified? The CIC® credential is the internationally recognized standard of competence in infection prevention and control. Having the credential demonstrates to yourself, your coworkers, your employer and the public that you have taken that next step to assure you have the knowledge and skills needed to protect the public. In addition, it provides a measure of accountability for growth within your profession.
The CIC® program administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA sets standards that shape CBIC policies and procedures. As part of its accreditation with the NCCA, CBIC is also a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), which provides education and research on certifying agencies and best practices. It is important to distinguish between an accredited certification and a “certificate”. When you hold the CIC® certification, you can be assured that you have the most highly valued certification available in infection prevention.
As the President of the CBIC Board of Directors I often receive great feedback and questions from candidates and seasoned CIC’s alike. One of the questions that I have fielded as of late is on practice settings and the CIC®. Did you know that the CIC is the only board certified exam assuring competency across all practice settings? The exam includes broad guidelines and standards of infection prevention, and allows for a CIC to be prepared for all settings.
Whether you are just beginning your application process, in the early stages of preparing for the CIC® exam, or a seasoned recertifier you can be certain that through your study and passing score you will have demonstrated success in all eight areas of CIC core competency:
• Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
• Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
• Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
• Employee/Occupational Health
• Management and Communication
• Education and Research
• Environment of Care
• Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis
Before signing off, I want to mention some of the work that goes on behind the scenes at CBIC. The Test Committee and the Marketing Committee are two of CBIC’s most active groups, and I’d like to introduce the Directors who serve as their Chairs. Thanks and congratulations to Linda Goss the Chair and Co-Chair Jacie Volkman for their service this year. The Test Committee is at the core of what we do at CBIC and their leadership and thoughtful vision has allowed for important changes to the Test Committee over the years. Thanks also to James Marx who has been chairing the Marketing Committee for two years and does a remarkable job of managing all the activities and materials involved in promoting a dynamic organization such as CBIC and the CIC® credential. With our 35th Anniversary to celebrate this year the Marketing Committee has truly lead us in celebrating all year long!
Finally, if you are scheduled for recertification this year, please do not delay! You have until December 20th to purchase the online recertification examination, and the deadline to submit your answers is December 31, 2018. Remember that if you experience technical difficulties at the last minute it could affect your ability to submit the exam on time.
Congratulations to each of you who have recently passed the initial CIC® certification, and to those who recertified this year! I am proud and honored to hear the stories of success from those who embrace the challenge to attain certification and provide the highest level of professionalism to our patients and the greater community.