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Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 5; Issue 2
April 2012

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CBIC President's Message

Barbara Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC

It is my pleasure to serve as your President and to work with such a talented group of volunteers and staff. We have listened carefully to our certificants and have been working hard to meet the needs of our stakeholders. Please read on to learn about the exciting updates and changes we've made.

I encourage you to read the article “Certification in infection control matters: Impact of infection control department characteristics and policies on rates of multidrug-resistant infections,” by Monika Pogorzelska, Patricia W. Stone, and Elaine L. Larson, that appears in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), which is published by APIC. We’re making important strides in conducting research around the importance of certification and its impact on public health and safety.

The May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) elaborates on APIC’s new strategic plan. APIC – The Road to 2020 will take a detailed look at two of the five goals described in the plan. APIC’s focus on professional development will be explained in a white paper that presents a conceptual model of IP competency – the first of its kind ever developed – and includes board certification as a critical component. The value of certification is expanded upon in another article. Additionally, a discussion of performance improvement and implementation science will be highlighted. Be sure to watch for these and other in-depth articles on strategic initiatives.

I also hope to see you at the upcoming Educational Conferences of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), June 3-6 in San Antonio, TX and the Community Hospital Infection Control Association – Canada (CHICA-Canada), June 17-21 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. CBIC will have larger booths in both exhibit halls this year as well as receptions just for our CICs. The Board of Directors of CBIC is looking forward to seeing you there and talking all things certification.

Thank you for helping CBIC fulfill its mission to protect the public!

Barbara S. Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC

Barbara S. Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC
2012 CBIC President

CBIC® Receives Re-Accreditation of its CIC® from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

On November 21, 2011 the NCCA re-accredited the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) for a five-year period, expiring November 30, 2016, during its recent meeting.

Founded in 1981, CBIC is a professional certification organization acting in the public interest by establishing and enforcing education, examination, experience and ethics requirements for certification. Currently, about 5,000 are certified to use the CIC designation. CBIC first received NCCA accreditation in 2000. To read full article, please click here.

CBIC 2012-2015 Strategic Plan

In the fall of 2010, the CBIC Board of Directors approved a measure to initiate a strategic planning process in 2011 to assess our mission and strategic directions, with the goal of having a complete three-year plan by the beginning of 2012. To read the full article, please click here.

CBIC 2012 E-newsletter Survey Results

In February 2012, CBIC sent a survey to all CICs who have email addresses listed in our database, approximately 3,900 people, requesting feedback on our e-newsletter, The Certification Corner. We received 650 responses and we are pleased to share the results of the survey here

Development and Scoring of the CIC® Examinations

Larry Fabrey, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Psychometrics, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

Certification examinations can be said to be primarily intended to protect the public interest by informing the public of individuals with special expertise.  Therefore, the content of an examination for infection preventionists should measure competencies that are required for the appropriate practice of infection prevention and control at a level of special expertise.  To ensure that an examination measures job-related compe­tencies, three major steps are needed: 1) a practice analysis (also called a job analysis or a role delineation study), 2) examination specifications (or a content outline) based on that job analysis, and 3) examination questions (items) written to address the specifications.  In this way, individual examination items are linked directly to the job competencies required for the practice of infection preventionists, which provides support for the content validity of an examination. To read full article, please click here.

CBIC Relationship Chart

The relationship chart illustrates the relationships that CBIC has with its certificants, Board, staff, testing agency and other stakeholders. Every spoke on the wheel is an integral part in helping CBIC achieve its strategic and operational goals.

Relationship Chart

New for 2012-Online Practice Exam

The 2012 Online Practice Exam is now available for purchase!

Are you worried about taking the CBT exam to recertify? Do you know a colleague who is interested in taking the exam? CBIC has developed a new online practice exam aimed at initial certifiers. The practice exam consists of 70 items based on the current certification examination content and written in the same format as the actual certification examination questions. In fact, many of the questions included on the practice exam were once included on the certification examination and modified for use on the practice exam.

The online practice exam will help the purchaser assess their knowledge level in the field of Infection Control and Epidemiology by providing information on how the purchaser performed in each of the different content areas.

In addition, the practice exam provides a realistic examination experience because the practice exam is delivered to the purchaser using the same software program in which the certification examination is administered.

Click here for more information on the practice examination.

Click here to link directly to the purchase page for the practice exam.

New for 2012-Updated Candidate Handbook

We are very proud to present our newly revised Candidate Handbook for 2012. We have updated our eligibility requirements to define more closely the requirements one must meet in order to take the exam. We also wanted to present the information for to first-time certifiers, as well as those wanting to recertify, in a more clear and concise way. We hope you enjoy the new look!

New for 2012-Updated Frequently Asked Questions-Recertification and Certification

We have revised our FAQs to reflect the questions asked by you and your colleagues. Please be sure to check the pages out for information on certification and recertification.

Infection Control Certification Associated with Lower MRSA Infection Rates

Many of you may be aware of the recently published article in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) on "Certification in infection control matters: Impact of infection control department characteristics and policies on rates of multidrug-resistant infections", written by Monika Pogorzelska, Patricia W. Stone, and Elaine L. Larson. APIC and CBIC recently sent out press releases about the article and CBIC would like to encourage you to share the press release and article with your colleagues who may not understand the importance of Certification in Infection Prevention and Control.

Media outlets that have picked up and published the press release include Medscape, HealthLeaders, HCPro, Medical News Today, Nurse.com, and Infection Control Today, to name a few, with a total media reach of over 3.2 million.

As CICs, you understand the value and importance of certification, and CBIC understands the importance of promoting the credential and the certified professional and this is just part of our effort to get the word out.

You can view the Press Release on the CBIC website to print a copy to share with your colleagues.

Re-Certification Reminder

To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify within five calendar years of passing the examination. All currently certified Infection Preventionists are eligible for recertification. If you have not already taken the following steps, please review the following options for recertification:

  1. Take and pass the proctored computer-based (CBT) examination
    The proctored Computer-Based Test (CBT) can be taken at over 150 Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Assessment Centers Monday through Friday at either 9:00 am or 1:30 pm.
    • The online application can be found on the CBIC (www.cbic.org) website here.
    • You can also download the paper application as well as the candidate handbook at www.cbic.org for all the information on administrative policies.
    • International certificants can also recertify via the computerized examination. For a list of domestic and international assessment center locations, please visit the AMP website at www.goAMP.com.
    • If you wish to recertify via CBT, you must have your examination appointment scheduled on or before December 30, 2012 (assessment centers are closed on December 31st).
  2. Take and pass the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination (SARE)
    The SARE is offered online in web-based format. You can schedule testing on your own home computer and on your own schedule. The test can be ordered at any time between now and December 1, 2012. A passing score must be achieved, and your SARE must be completed by December 31, 2012. You must have an email address to receive the confirmation e-mail with specific instructions on how to logon to the SARE. The e-mail will include a unique ID and password that must be used during the login process. Certificants are able to login and out as many times as necessary, within the established testing window, to complete the examination; responses/answers during the previous logins will be saved. Candidate results are provided following completion of the test and will also be sent to the candidate's e-mail address.

Certified professionals who do not recertify before their current certification period expires will lose their CIC designation as of December 31 of the last year of the current certification period, and are prohibited from using the CIC designation. They must reapply for the CBT and successfully pass the CBT before they can use the CIC designation again. If you need further information regarding the CBIC Examination process, please visit the CBIC® website at www.cbic.org and download the current CBIC Candidate Handbook.

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