Considering certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®), but do not know where to start to prepare for the examination? Well we have some helpful hints and suggestions outlined below!
The CBIC exam has 8 core competencies. You can find the complete content outline here. Go over the outline to determine your strengths and weaknesses. From there you can develop a study map to focus on the areas that you may not be as familiar with as you are with others.
Do you know others who are studying for the exam? You can form groups and study for the exam together. It will help everyone stay on track and motivated. If you do not know anyone else who is considering taking the certification examination, APIC and IPAC Canada have chapters that could be good resources for you.
The CBIC exam is developed by a Test Committee. We post all of the resources that the committee uses to write examination questions on our website. You can find a full list of the references here.
CBIC offers a practice exam through Prometric, the testing company that facilitates the certification examination. The practice exam is 70 multiple-choice questions, and its purpose is to give candidates an idea of the format of the exam, the general feel of the questions, and the type of analysis you need to do in order to answer correctly.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, CBIC posts retired exam questions to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We follow up with the retired answers in the comments section on the following day. You can also use these questions to gauge the types of questions that you may see on the exam. Please keep in mind these are retired, and they may be retired for a variety of different reasons.
Other third-party organizations, such as APIC, offer study tools that are not prepared by nor endorsed by CBIC.
Note on Study Materials: At this time, CBIC only offers on-demand webinars for the 8 core competencies of the examination and the online practice exam. Other materials that may have the CBIC name or acronym on them, but are not sold on the CBIC website, are not produced by CBIC. If you would like to verify whether or not a resource is produced by CBIC please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please note that CBIC neither recommends nor endorses any study materials for the CIC® examination. The purchase and review of the on-demand webinars or online practice exam do not guarantee success on the examination.
Candidates should only apply once they have studied and are prepared to take the certification examination. Once approved, applicants have 90-days to schedule and sit for their exam. If a candidate applies and does not take the examination within those 90-days, they will forfeit the application fee and will need to reapply.
Along with studying, we strongly recommend having two years of experience in infection prevention and control. Though it is not a requirement to sit for the exam, the examination is geared towards the experience level of a two-year practitioner.
For more information on how to apply, watch the CBIC Webinar: How to Apply for Initial Certification.
Both the initial and the recertification examinations are made up of 150 questions. Of these questions, only 135 are scored. The other 15 questions are being pre-tested for future examinations. The initial certification examination is facilitated at a Prometric testing center. You will have a total of three hours to complete the examination.
Both examinations also follow the same content outline. The content outline has the following core competencies:
Each item (question) on the examination will target different cognitive levels. These levels are:
For more information on the exam taking process, please read the Candidate Handbook.
For more information on preparing for the CIC® examination, watch our webinar: How to Prepare for the CIC® Exam.