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Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 7; Issue 1
May 2013

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CBIC President's Message

Craig H. Gilliam, BSMT, CIC
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I hope everyone is enjoying the return of Spring! Along with the change in weather comes the anticipation of the APIC and CHICA-Canada Annual Conferences. CBIC will be present at both meetings and the staff and leadership wish to discuss with applicants and certificants their impression of certification processes. Please be sure to stop by, as we will have practice exam discounts available, our 30th anniversary pins, piggy banks, CIC® ribbons and much more!

Our brand new marketing flyer will be available at the CHICA-Canada and APIC Conferences, but you can also request to have them sent out for Chapter meetings or presentations by contacting our Executive office at info@cbic.org or 414.918.9796.

We are planning a free webinar via Webber Training during October on ”The Road to CIC Certification: Getting Started and Working Toward Success.” Watch your inbox for more details in late-Summer.

This year the CBIC Test Committee has again added two non-board members. The committee now consists of four Board members and four non-board members. We ask that anyone who is certified and interested in serving on the committee, complete the  application form found on the CBIC website. Committee selection will occur in the fall of this year. For non-Board members the applicant must have  certified by both methods, CBT and SARE.

In 2013, 957 CICs are required to recertify to maintain their certification. As of May 1st, CIC exams are ahead of expected-new examination applications are 20% above 2012 levels and recertification is 30% above 2012 levels.

Craig Gilliam, BSMT, CIC

Craig H. Gilliam, BSMT, CIC
2013 CBIC President

Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of CIC®

CBIC Celebrates 30 Years of CIC

Fun Fact: The first infection control certification examination, a 250-item, multiple-choice exam, was administered in 1983. The exam was administered annually in the fall at more than 30 testing sites across the U.S. and Canada. A combined total of 1,426 healthcare professionals took the first two (1983, 1984) CIC exams. A total of 1,234 (86.5%) people passed these two exams. A criterion-references approach was used by CBIC for the determination of the pass-point setting or cut score on the certification examination.

Meet the Board of Directors - Gail Harris

Gail Harris, RN, MS, MA, CIC
Gail Harris is currently in her second term on the CBIC Board of Directors.

Gail Harris, RN, MS, MA, CIC, has been actively involved in infection prevention and control since 1978, in both the in-patient and ambulatory care settings. She served on the APIC Board on two separate occasions as well as on a variety of APIC committees. Gail represented APIC on the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Governors for several years. She has a strong interest in encouraging ambulatory practices to adopt and implement appropriate infection prevention practices.

Gail loves to read and recently read several U.S. presidential biographies. She has two adult children, Jennifer and John, and they have threatened to write a book about the "joys" of growing up with a mom who is an infection preventionist. Gail claims to own the world’s greatest cat, Radar, a tuxedo cat.

How did you become involved in infection prevention and control?
I became involved in this field for reasons that weren’t the “purest.” My oldest child was starting first grade and if I stayed on the 3-11 shift, I would not see her much. When the position became open, I jumped at it! Little did I know that infection prevention and control would become a passion in my life.

What motivated you to become certified?
As soon as the certification process was announced, I knew that I would take that test. My motivation was – and is-intrinsic. I have tested repeatedly since 1984 because it is the right thing to do. The process provides the motivation to study and stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control issues.

What has being certified meant to you professionally?
In this day and age, board certification is the evidence of competence. We can tell ourselves that we practice at a high level and are as good as anyone else but the proof is in the certification. My certification has opened doors for participation in a variety of professional activities within infection prevention as well as in the broader scope of patient safety.

Podcast Series - How to Schedule the CIC Exam

Recertifying this year? In our latest podcast recorded in March, the CBIC Executive Staff explain the procedure on how to schedule the CIC exam. Click here to listen.

CBIC at APIC 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale

CBIC will be hosting a CIC® Reception on Friday, June 7th at 7:00pm at the Harbor Beach Marriott. The CIC® Reception is specifically for CICs to come and visit with the CBIC Board and meet other certified IPs. We also welcome the original cohort who took the CIC exam in 1983 to stop by the reception for a special group picture at 7:30pm.

CBIC staff and Board members will also be present this week during exhibit hall hours at Booth #316. If you’re certified, you can come by to pick up your CIC ribbon and a special 30th Anniversary pin so you can proudly demonstrate your commitment to excellence! Those who have been newly certified or re-certified (from May 1, 2012-May 1, 2013) will be specially recognized on a poster at the booth. We’ll help you celebrate and if you bring your camera, we’ll take your picture.

Certified IPs may also be interested in attending the Ask the Expert session on Saturday, June 8th entitled “Developing the IP Competency Model: Proficient and Advanced” that will explain how self-assessment can be used to determine individual competency among board certified IPs. To find out more information, please click here.

CBIC Board members are excited to meet with APIC conference participants, and to hear your ideas and questions, so please take advantage of these activities!

CBIC at CHICA - Canada 2013 in Ottawa, Canada

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) extends a personal invitation to you to visit our booth #104 at the CHICA - Canada National Education Conference, June 1-5, 2013 in Ottawa.

  • Have your photo taken in front of a sign with your name on it*
  • Receive one of our free giveaways
  • Order CIC® merchandise to wear with pride
  • Pick up material for colleagues interested in becoming certified in infection prevention and control
  • Chat with Board members about your experience

We look forward to meeting you and congratulating you in person!

*Signs have the names of all new and newly re-certified CIC's from May 1, 2012 through May 1, 2013. Please bring your own camera to get your picture taken.

Call for Chapter Stories

We are interested in hearing about what is going on in your organization or local APIC or CHICA-Canada Chapter regarding infection control practice. Please email info@cbic.org with your ideas.

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, 2013 (assessment centers are closed on December 31).
  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, 2013. A passing score must be achieved, and your SARE must be completed by December 31, 2013. 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 31st 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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