For candidates taking the initial certification, a “pass” or “fail” one-page printed report will be given to the candidate immediately after completing their exam by Prometric testing site staff. For candidates taking the recertification examination, an instant notification in the candidate’s web browser, immediately following exam submission, will indicate a “pass” or “fail”. Confirmation letters containing score reports will be mailed to recertification candidates in the weeks following submission of their exam.
Candidates who pass either examination are given their overall score on the examination. Because candidates who pass the examination have successfully demonstrated minimum competency in the field, there is no need to provide candidates with diagnostic information on the individual sections.
Candidates who fail either examination are given their overall score, as well as diagnostic information on their performance in each exam section, in order to guide their preparation for their next exam attempt. Please see the diagram below for information on the diagnostic levels used to indicate the performance of failed candidates.
|Levels of Diagnostic Representation||Performance Level Description|
|High||Your performance on this content area is above the minimally acceptable level. However, a review of this content area may be helpful to you prior to retaking the examination.|
|Medium||Your performance on this content area is around the minimally acceptable level. Further study of this content area is recommended prior to retaking the examination.|
|Low||Your performance on this content area is below the minimally acceptable level. Substantial study of this content area is recommended prior to retaking this examination.|
Although the examination consists of 150 questions, the candidate’s score is based on 135 questions. Fifteen questions on each exam are “pretest” questions and are used as part of the item evaluation for inclusion in subsequent exams. The method used to set the minimum passing score is the Angoff method, in which content experts have evaluated each examination question and determined how many correct answers are necessary to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass.
A candidate’s ability to pass the examination depends on the knowledge and skill he/she displays, and not on the performance of other candidates. Passing scores may vary slightly for each version of the examination. To ensure fairness to all candidates, a process of statistical equating is used. This involves selecting an appropriate mix of individual questions for each version of the examination that meets the content distribution requirements of the examination content blueprint. Because each scored question has been pretested, a difficulty level can be assigned. The process then considers the difficulty level of each question selected for each version of the examination, attempting to match the difficulty level of each version as closely as possible. Slight variations in difficulty level between different versions of the exam are addressed by adjusting the passing score up or down, depending on the overall difficulty level statistics for the group of scored questions that appear on a particular version of the examination.
Details of incorrectly answered examination questions, and correct answers to questions, will not be provided to the candidate. This practice is in accordance with best practices in the field of professional accrediting.
Candidates who pass their examination are allowed to use the designation CIC® after their name for the five-year period in which their certification is valid.
CBIC reserves the right to publicly recognize any candidate who has successfully completed a CBIC certification examination, thereby earning the certification credential. Official certificates will be mailed four to six weeks after completion of the exam.
A directory of all certified infection prevention and control professionals is published and updated daily on the CBIC website (www.cbic.org). This list can be found using the “Find a CIC®” page. Please note that some certificants choose to opt out of the public directory. Information on the current certification status of an individual will be provided in writing upon request.
First Time Applicants or Lapsed Applicants
Candidates who do not pass the initial certification examination must submit a new application, including appropriate documentation and fees, and be determined eligible to retake the exam. An individual may retake the initial certification exam a maximum of four times per year, and no more than once every 90 days.
Candidates who do not pass the recertification cannot retake it, but may apply for, schedule and take the initial certification exam before the current certification cycle ends to maintain their CIC®. An individual may retake the initial certification exam a maximum of four times per year, and no more than once every 90 days.
CBIC and Prometric are responsible for the integrity of the scores they report. On occasion, occurrences such as computer malfunction or misconduct by a candidate may cause a score to be suspect. CBIC and Prometric are committed to rectifying such discrepancies as expeditiously as possible. CBIC may void examination results if, upon investigation, violation of its regulations is discovered.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology is an autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection control and applied epidemiology. By completing and passing the certification exam, a certified professional is setting a standard of quality care the public expects, demands and deserves. The codes outlined herein are to guide candidates and certified professionals in the performance of their professional responsibilities and to promote the mission of CBIC; to protect the public through the development, administration and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control.
Certified professionals or persons wrongfully using the CIC® designation are subject to disciplinary action as defined in CBIC’s Judicial and Ethics Policy and Procedures for the following types of actions: falsification of an application, violation of examination procedures or misrepresentation of the certification status. A copy of the Judicial and Ethics Policy and Procedures can be found on the website at /about-cbic#judicial_policy or by contacting the CBIC Office:
555 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823
Our goal is to provide a quality exam and a pleasant testing experience for every candidate. If you are dissatisfied with either and believe we can correct the problem, we would like to hear from you. We also provide an opportunity for general comments at the end of your exam. Our personnel will review your comments, but you may not receive a direct response.
If you have an examination issue that you would like to have directly addressed, please contact the CBIC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 918-9796 and CBIC will respond to your concerns. Processes for specific issues are outlined below.
To appeal an eligibility decision, please submit a detailed letter to email@example.com that describes the reason for the eligibility decision appeal.
To appeal an examination score, please contact the CBIC office within a reasonable window of time from the date of your examination requesting a re-score of your examination.
To request an extension for your 90-day eligibility period, please send a detailed email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you are requesting an extension and the length of extension you are requesting.