March 2014 E-newsletter

CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 7; Issue 1
March 2014

CBIC President’s Message

Letter From the President

I am honoured to be writing to you as the 2014 CBIC President. While 2014 is no longer new, it is still young, and we look forward to another productive year.

First, please join me in thanking Craig Gilliam for his leadership and vision in 2013. In his year as President, he welcomed change and continued to explore ways in which the Board, our partnerships, and our certification process can improve. Craig and the rest of the Board, all volunteers, have worked diligently to meet the objectives laid out in our strategic plan.

Last year we celebrated our 30th anniversary, and were represented at both the APIC and CHICA-Canada (now IPAC-Canada) annual meetings in Fort Lauderdale and Ottawa, Canada, respectively. We continue to strengthen our partnerships with APIC and IPAC-Canada, as well as with the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) as we aim to fulfill our mission, and work toward the common goal of protecting the public through certification in infection prevention and control.

This year will be a busy but exciting year for CBIC. We have recently joined forces with a new testing company, Prometric. We now have more international test centers, can provide instant score reporting globally, and are exploring the possibility of offering our exam in languages other than English. However the logistical aspects of such a transition are complicated, and as a result we have had some delays with our test forms being available. We are now up and running fully with both the CBT and the SARE, and apologize to those of you whose test schedules may have been impacted by the change.

Also on the agenda for 2014 is our Practice (Job Task) Analysis. This survey is conducted every 4 to 5 years and assesses the actual job tasks that working IPs perform. Your responses help to form the basis for our content outline, which serves as the framework for our certification exam. Our Practice Analysis Task Force, led by Board Director Lita Jo Henman, will be fully occupied developing the survey, analyzing the results, and revising our content outline. Your input is critical to ensure that our exam is representative the roles that practicing IPs actually perform.

Recognition is due to many. To our two Board members who completed their terms in 2013, Barbara Russell, RN, BSHA, MPH, CIC, our 2012 President, and Celeste Andrews, RN, MS, CIC , we thank you for your contributions and for your commitment. I would also like to acknowledge our two non-Board Test Committee members who completed their terms with us last year, Beverly Burt and Wanda Hooper. Non-Board Test Committee members, who have been assisting us with test development since 2010, volunteer many hours of their time to help us ensure that our test is valid. Our Board welcomes two new members this year: Roy Boukidjian, RN, BSN, PHN, CIC, Manager of Infection Prevention and Control and Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, and Vincent Hsu, MD, MPH, FACP, CIC, Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of Infection Prevention at Florida Hospital in Orlando, FL. Last but not least, thanks to all of you, both certified IPs and eligible candidates, for continuing to recognize the value of certification.

I look forward to serving you this year as the CBIC President and to meeting many of you at the upcoming APIC and IPAC-Canada meetings.

Kathy Suh, MD, FRCPC, CIC
2014 CBIC President

Welcome New Board Members

Roy Boukidjian, RN, BSN, PHN, CIC

Roy Boukidjian has been the Manager for Infection Prevention and Control at Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC) for over 4 years. He started at NHMC in 2007 as a bedside nurse and grew into the profession of epidemiology. He recently accepted a position with Dignity Health Corporate Offices as the Manager for Patient Safety and Accreditation with a focus on Infection Prevention standards. He holds Board Certifications in Infection Control, Public Health, and Nurse Executive with a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and is currently enrolled in a Masters Degree program in Nursing Leadership at California State, Fullerton. Roy is currently serving on the Hospital Acquired Infection Workgroup headed by California Hospital Association, providing advice and guidance on policy issues and proposed legislation. He also serves as President of Tri-Valley APIC Chapter in California for 2014. Roy has expanded his outreach to other facilities in the Dignity Health system where he served as Co-Chair of the Infection Prevention Council. He has presented at the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), the Hospital Alliance Association (HospAA), Quality Institute Organization collaborative and was recently awarded as one of the “Heroes in Infection Prevention” at the National APIC Conference, 2013. His recent collaboration with Skilled Nursing facilities has given him praise by Los Angeles County Public Health and recognition by local leaders.

Vincent Hsu, MD, MPH, FACP, CIC

Dr. Vincent Hsu is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Executive Director for Infection Prevention at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He also serves as an Assistant Director for the Florida Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program with faculty appointments from both Florida State University and the University of Central Florida Colleges of Medicine. A 1995 graduate from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his infectious disease training at the University of Southern California, and obtained a Master of Public Health at UCLA. He spent three years at the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer participating in investigations into the 2001 anthrax attacks and 2003 SARS epidemic, with an emphasis on international outbreaks and public health research. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Preventive Medicine, and Infection Prevention and Control. Dr. Hsu’s areas of interest include prevention of healthcare-associated infections, methods to improve vaccination rates, hospital preparedness for seasonal and pandemic influenza and strategies to improve patient safety.
Dr. Hsu is married and has two children, aged 6 and 3.

2014 Practice Analysis

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., (CBIC) provides direction and administers the certification process for infection prevention and control professionals. CBIC performs a practice analysis (PA) survey every 5 years to assess the current practice of infection prevention and control. The last PA survey was conducted in 2009. CBIC conducted the 2009 survey to ensure its certification examination focuses on current infection prevention practice.

CBIC appoints a Task Force to develop the survey, approve the sampling plan and oversee the distribution and analysis of the responses. The purpose of the Practice – or Job Task – Analysis is to identify the responsibilities of the infection preventionist (IP) / Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP) in order to maintain a content valid certification examination that is representative of the IP / ICP. Typically, Practice Analyses are conducted every four to five years.

The final survey will be distributed electronically to those actively involved in infection control in multiple health care settings throughout the world. Please watch for the survey to arrive in your inboxes. All CICs are strongly encouraged to respond so we may capture data on the current practice of infection prevention and control accurately.

Spotlight on a CIC – Danny McBride, CIC

I chose to recertify my CIC credential in November 2013 based on my own professional expectations and values. My personal belief is that once an Infection Preventionist has gained the experience and knowledge necessary to certify, it is of utmost importance for him or her to do so. The credibility that is gained with certification from one’s peers and administration is invaluable to the success of one’s work. To me, certification proves a commitment to the patients I serve and the environment in which I provide my expertise. Certification does not mean that I “know it all” or that I am the ultimate authority on all infection prevention endeavors. Rather, it means that I take my work seriously and that I will do whatever I can, given my experience with research and the need to embrace best practices, to help us find the answers we need. A certified Infection Preventionist is a great example of a committed team player whose professional purpose is to work with others and provide leadership skills necessary to protect patients from harm. I’ve been certified now since 2008, once via CBT and once via SARE. Both methodologies are equally efficacious, and it’s up to you to decide which one would best serve your needs. We are fortunate that there are two ways to maintain certification. I look forward to maintaining my CIC throughout my career.

-Danny McBride, CIC
Thomaston, GA

New Test Company: Prometric

CBIC is pleased to announce we have retained Prometric to provide test development and test delivery services for the Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) examination as of January 1, 2014.

We believe Prometric is best suited and positioned to assist CBIC in growing the availability of the CIC® exam globally, including more test sites, instant score reporting for international candidates, and the opportunity to translate the exam into other languages.

We also believe the change to Prometric will translate into a better testing experience and customer service for candidates and current certificants, and are excited about the opportunities our new relationship offers our certificants.

CBIC 2015 Board Applications available

Positions on the CBIC Board of Directors are open. The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) provides direction for, and administers, the certification process for professionals in infection control and applied epidemiology.

The following positions are open on the 2015 CBIC Board of Directors:

  • 4 Directors (any discipline/setting)
Applications for the CBIC Board of Directors are due by April 7, 2014. For more information please click here, and for a complete description of CBIC’s Board composition, please see the CBIC Board of Directors Candidate Handbook available for download here.

**CIC Exam Study Tip**

Read the candidate handbook, thoroughly:

  • Review the exam content areas and perform a self-evaluation to determine areas where you feel you have weaknesses and consider how you can focus on those areas for studying
  • Pull together the recommended resources to assist with studying
  • Make an outline of topics for study and a timeline

Updated Slides

CBIC has updated the PowerPoint presentation, Understanding CBIC and the CIC credential, available on the CBIC website. There are two versions available, either of which can be presented at APIC and IPAC Canada chapter meetings as a means of educating your colleagues about CBIC and the certification process and the importance of becoming certified. You may also use the slides to provide information to your employer or other colleagues at your organization about the CIC® credential. Click on the link above to download the slides.

CIC® Certification Preparatory Course

The CBIC leadership is extremely excited to be able to present the opportunity for an educational program and we look forward to bringing infection prevention and control professionals together for this important learning opportunity. Please join us in Anaheim on Friday, June 6 from 8am-4:30pm for the CIC® Certification Preparatory Course.

The goal of the course is to provide education to individuals interested in certification through the Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) credential. The Planning Committee has developed a robust program based largely on the content outline of the CIC® exam, along with a significant amount of time set aside for questions and answers. You will be able to interact with CBIC Board members and other current and potential certificants in an intimate setting.

This one day course will assist attendees in the preparation of candidates taking CBIC’s Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) exam for certification and recertification as well as increase their competency in the field of infection prevention and control.

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 test (CBT) examination
    CBIC's Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) examination is administered via computer, five days a week at over 140 Prometric assessment centers in North America. There are no pre-scheduled testing dates. Once a candidate is confirmed eligible s/he will receive notice from CBIC including instructions on how to schedule an examination appointment. Once certified, certification is valid for a five year period. You can apply online via the link on the CBIC website ( You can also download a candidate handbook at for all the information on administrative policies and an application form. International certificants can also recertify via the computerized examination. For a list of domestic and international assessment center locations, please go to If you wish to recertify via CBT, you must have your examination appointment scheduled for on or before December 30, 2014 (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, 2014. A passing score must be achieved, and your SARE must be completed by December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm ET. 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 instructions on how to login to the exam. 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.

**Candidates who do not pass the CBT for recertification may not subsequently attempt to recertify by the SARE during their current recertification cycle, but must recertify by CBT before the current certification cycle ends. Recertifying candidates who do not pass the SARE cannot apply to retake the SARE but can apply to recertify by CBT. They must recertify by CBT before the current certification cycle ends.

Please be aware that if you do not recertify within the deadlines outlined above, your certification will lapse on December 31, 2014. If you allow your certification to lapse, you cannot use the CIC® credential after December 31, 2014. Should your certification lapse and you decide to pursue the credential again, you must apply through the same application process, criteria, and fee as a first-time applicant at the time of application. If you need further information regarding the CBIC Examination process, please visit the CBIC website at and download the current CBIC Candidate Handbook.

Certification demonstrates to your patients, your employer, and your peers that you have proven competency in infection prevention and control. It also enables you as a professional to build credibility and validate expertise while signifying a commitment to continued practice excellence.

If you have questions about recertifying, please contact the CBIC Executive Office at or 414.918.9796. Best wishes for success, whichever option you choose.

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC)