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About the Exam

CBIC's certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) examination is administered via computer, five days a week at over 140 assessment centers in North America. There are no pre-scheduled testing dates. Once a candidate is confirmed eligible s/he will receive notice from the testing agency including instructions on how to schedule an examination appointment. Once certified, certification is valid for a five year period.

Application and Administration Process

To apply online, a copy of your license or highest degree, as well as a signed attestation statement from your current supervisor or director will need to be uploaded in order to successfully complete an online application. Payment by credit card is the only form of payment accepted when applying online. Within seven business days of a completed application, you will receive an email from CBIC with instructions on how to schedule your exam with Prometric. If your application is not approved, you will receive a notice from the CBIC Executive Office. For more information on how to apply, watch the CBIC Webinar: How to Apply for Initial Certification.

The CBIC examination is administered via computer in Prometric test centers geographically distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Additional centers can be found internationally as well. To find a Testing Center near you, please visit

To learn more about Prometric, click here.

To schedule an exam online:

  1. Access
  2. Click on “Schedule My Test”
  3. Select the location at which you would like to test
  4. Follow the instructions provided in your confirmation email for finding and selecting a test center location and test date and time.

To schedule an exam by phone:

  1. Call (800) 278-6222 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm EST Monday - Friday and follow the prompts utilizing the eligibility number sent to you in your confirmation email.
  2. At the end of the call, you will be given a number confirming your appointment. Record and keep this confirmation number for your records.

Rescheduling Your Appointment

You may reschedule or cancel your appointment on line at or by calling (800) 278-6222.

Prometric rescheduling fees are as follows:

  • Rescheduling 30 days or more in advance – No Charge
  • Rescheduling between 5 and 29 days in advance - $30 Fee
  • No rescheduling or cancellations are allowed within 5 days of your appointment; examination fees will be forfeited.

Emergency Closings

Severe weather or an emergency could require canceling scheduled exams. If this occurs, Prometric will attempt to contact candidates by phone or email; however, you may check for testing site closures by calling Prometric or logging on to If the site is closed, your exam will be rescheduled without a rescheduling fee.

If a testing center is open for testing and you choose not to appear for testing, your fee will be forfeited and you will need to pay another full exam fee. Please call CBIC with any concerns regarding missed appointments due to unforeseen circumstances.

Special Arrangements for Candidates with Disabilities

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, special testing accommodations will be considered for individuals with disabilities recognized by the ADA. Request for special accommodations must be made at the time of application. Please complete the Request for Special Accommodations and Documentation of Disability forms, found on the CBIC website, in order to be eligible.

If you require any special accommodations, please contact CBIC at before submitting your examination application, and the staff will be happy to assist you in meeting your testing needs.

Taking the Exam

What to Bring to the Exam

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam appointment. You will be required to present one valid, government-issued ID (e.g., driver's license or passport, other federal or military ID), with your signature and a recognizable photograph. The identification document must be in Latin characters. If you are testing outside of your country of citizenship, you must present a valid passport.

All other personal items, including watches, must be secured in a locker for test security purposes, so please limit what you bring to the testing center. You will be screened with a metal detector during check-in. Please review the testing rules and regulations found on the Prometric website at


  • If you do not provide correct identification at the time of the exam, it is considered a missed appointment. You will be required to pay another full exam fee before choosing another appointment.
  • If you arrive more than 30 minutes late for an appointment, examination fees will be forfeited.

New Accessories Policy

Beginning on October 15th, 2016, Prometric is conducting stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry and other accessories to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content:

  • All candidates are required to remove their eyeglasses for close visual inspection by testing center staff. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and again upon return from breaks.   
  • Jewelry outside of wedding and engagement rings is prohibited. Candidates may not wear other jewelry to the test center.  
  • Hair accessories are subject to inspection. Candidates should refrain from wearing ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories as they may be prohibited from wearing them in to the testing room and asked to store them in their locker.
  • If candidate is caught with a camera device prior to entering the testing room, Prometric will confiscate and they won’t be able to test.
  • If a candidate is caught with a camera device while in the testing room, Prometric will confiscate and the exam will be terminated.

Test Center Regulations

To ensure that all candidates are tested under equally favorable conditions, the following regulations and procedures will be observed at each test center. Failure to follow any of these security procedures may result in the disqualification of your examination and removal from the testing center. Prometric reserves the right to audiotape and videotape any examination session.


No reference materials, papers or study materials are allowed at the test center. If you are found with these or any other aids, you will not be allowed to continue the exam and your answers will not be scored. Candidates do not need to bring a calculator into the examination room with them – an onscreen calculator is provided for your convenience.

Personal Items

Prometric is not responsible for items left in the reception area of the test center. While lockers are provided, it is recommended that personal items not be brought into the test center. Note the following:

  • Electronic equipment— cell phones, PDAs, pagers, cameras, tape recorders, etc.—are not permitted in the testing room and must be powered off while stored in a locker.
  • Other personal items—watches, outerwear such as sweaters and jackets not being worn while testing, briefcases, purses, etc.—are not permitted in the testing room.
  • Candidates may bring their own foam ear plugs into the examination room with them if they are sensitive to the noise of other candidates taking exams.


Every time you enter the test room, you will be asked to turn your pockets inside out to confirm that you have no prohibited items. The test center administrator will collect any materials that are in violation of the rules.

If you leave the testing room while an exam is in progress, you must sign out/in on the roster and you will lose the exam time of the absence. You are not allowed to use any electronic devices or phones during breaks.


No guests, visitors or family members are allowed at the test center.

Misconduct or Disruptive Behavior

Candidates who engage in any kind of misconduct or disruptive or offensive behavior maybe dismissed from the examination. Examples are: giving or receiving help, taking part in an act of impersonation, removing test materials or notes from the testing room, using rude or offensive language and behavior that delays or interrupts testing.


Weapons are not allowed at the test center.

Copyrighted Questions

All test questions are the property of the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) and are protected by copyright. Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted materials.

Test center administrators are not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the exam content. If you do not understand a question on the examination, you should answer the question to the best of your ability. Opportunity for feedback will be provided in the post-exam questionnaire.