The mission of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization.
APIC was founded in 1972 by a pioneering group of infection control nurses who recognized the need for an organized approach to preventing healthcare-associated infections. APIC is now a multidisciplinary organization which serves more than 15,000 members in 48 countries.
In 1987, APIC founded CBIC to be the certifying body behind infection prevention and control. CBIC became accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and now APIC provides resources and support to current and future CICs. Visit the APIC website to see how APIC can assist you in becoming certified.
In addition to test preparation resources, APIC has launched an exciting initiative, the Competency Advancement Assistance (CAA) program, designed to provide monetary assistance to infection preventionists who are APIC members and interested in taking the CIC® exam. Award recipients will receive either funding for resources to prepare for the examination or reimbursement for the examination cost if they pass. For more information visit the APIC website. Materials are usually posted in early Summer of each year and award recipients hear back in early fall.
A new study bolsters support for the CIC® credential as it showed that IPs with certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) are two to three times more likely to perceive the evidence behind certain infection prevention practices as strong, compared to their non-certified peers. See the APIC press release regarding the study, as well as the article itself.
This map represents the percentage of APIC clinical members per state that are certified in infection prevention and control (CIC®). Percentages are based on March 2016 data.