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The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) endorses the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all infection prevention and control professionals meeting educational and practice requirements.
The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by:
Professionals in infection prevention and control must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the computer-based initial certification examination to become certified. Certification in infection prevention and control is valid for five years from the year of successful examination.
Successful certification indicates competence in the actual practice of infection prevention and control and healthcare epidemiology, and is intended for individuals who are actively accountable for the infection prevention and control program within their current position.
In order to qualify to sit for your initial certification, you must apply to take the initial certification examination. In order to be eligible to take the initial certification exam, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
You are accountable for the infection prevention and control activities/program in your setting and this is reflected in your current job description.
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In order for you to be candidate eligible to take the CIC examination you must be responsible for and/or have duties that relate to infection control and prevention. Your job title and/or program that you participate in and/or oversee must provide evidence of this as well.
You have a post-secondary degree from an accredited academic institution.
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You must have an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited academic institution. After December 31, 2020 Diploma RN’s will not be eligible to sit for the CIC examination**.
** After considering appeals and requests from potential CIC® candidates, The Board of Directors of the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) has approved changing the eligibility criteria for individuals who hold a three-year Diploma RN degree. Previously, graduates with Registered Nursing Diploma degrees (“Diploma RNs”) were an exclusion and unable to certify. This change will deem Diploma Nurses from accredited institutions eligible to apply for the CIC® certification, effectively immediately and will expire on December 31, 2020. After 2020, “Diploma RNs” will not be eligible to sit for the CIC® exam.
You have had sufficient experience (recommended: two years) in infection prevention and control which includes all three (3) of the following:
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And at least two (2) of the remaining five (5) components:
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Typical Job Titles that Fit the CIC Requirements:
List below are some job titles that may fit the CIC requirements: Note that all applications will be reviewed thoroughly to determine a candidate’s true eligibility.
Candidates will be required to submit the following documentation with their application:
There is no specific time requirement that defines “sufficient experience;” however we emphasize that this certification examination is geared toward the professional who has had at least two years of full-time experience in infection prevention and control.
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Infection Preventionists that are interested in learning more about certification or are interested in becoming certified, along with current CIC® certificants interested in recertification, can find information on certification activities in the CBIC e-newsletters or by contacting the CBIC Office at (414) 918-9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.