March 2015 E-newsletter
CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 8; Issue 1
March 2015

CBIC President's Message

Greetings from CBIC. I am both excited and honoured to be writing to you as the 2015 CBIC President. A new year is a time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the future and I would like to recognize and extend thanks to Dr. Kathy Suh, 2014 CBIC President, for her collaborative leadership that has steadfastly guided us forward in our mission to protect the public through the delivery of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control. It is also with sadness and appreciation of their commitment to certification that we say goodbye to Board members Lillian Burns and Craig Gilliam who have completed their terms of service and left their mark. They will be missed.

2014 was a year of significant change as we transitioned to our new test company, Prometric. We recognize there were some bumps along the road and appreciate your patience and understanding. We are confident this new partnership will support us in our goal to provide a relevant, valid, and fair examination that serves as the measure of infection prevention and control competency, now and in the future. 

Thank you to each of you who completed our 2014 job/practice analysis survey. The summary report will be published in an upcoming edition of the American Journal of Infection Control. A special thank you is also owing to CBIC Director, Jo Henman for taking the lead on this important work. As a result of the information collected, a new content outline for the CIC exam has been constructed and will be implemented in July 2015, with the release of the new certification examination forms.  The new content outline contains eight domains while the 2010 content outline contained six. The two new domains were added based on their weighted importance. While these additional domains do not reflect new examination content, the survey results illustrated that this content was important enough to be identified as separate domains.

July 2015 CBIC Examination Content Outline

  1. Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
  2. Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  3. Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
  4. Employee/Occupational Health
  5. Management and Communication
  6. Education and Research
  7. Environment of Care (new)
  8. Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis (new)

In addition to the release of the new content outline and examination forms, plans for 2015 include delivery of certification preparation workshops at the APIC and IPAC-Canada national education conferences, our first French translation of the exam, and a new strategic plan that will guide our activities as we prepare for the future. To assist us with these activities, CBIC is thrilled to welcome two new board members, Linda Goss, BS, MSN, APRN, NP-C, CIC, COHN-S, Infection Prevention and Nurse Practitioner Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky and Karen Anderson, CLS, MT(ASCP), MPH, Manager of Infection Control & Prevention at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California.

In closing, I am proud to be part of this volunteer board of dedicated directors and look forward to an exciting year of service. I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you at the APIC and IPAC-Canada conferences.

Kathryn McGhie, RN, BScN, CIC
2015 CBIC President

REMINDER: 2015 Pilot Examination

On July 1, 2015, the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) will release a pilot examination based on a new examination content outline. This updated examination content outline is created from the results of a Practice Analysis conducted in 2014. CBIC performs a Practice Analysis survey every five years. This is in accordance with certification industry best practices and is intended to ensure that the CIC examination focuses on current infection prevention practice.

To access this new examination content outline, please follow this link to the CBIC website:

An updated reference materials list that corresponds with this content outline can be found on the CBIC website at

Please note that examinations taken in July 2015 will be part of the 2015 CBIC Pilot Examination, a process that enables CBIC to set the cut score for this examination in accordance with certification industry standards. Candidates who participate in the pilot examination will not receive their examination results for 6 to 8 weeks after their appointment. As an incentive, CBIC offers pilot exam participants a $100 discount on their examination fee. To ensure the validity of the pilot exam, only new or lapsed candidates are eligible to take the examination; recertification candidates are not eligible to participate in the pilot exam. For more information on the 2015 CBIC pilot exam, please contact the CBIC office at

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2015 Eligibility Requirements

Beginning in July 2015, the CBIC examination eligibility requirements will change. If you are applying to take an examination on or after July 1, 2015 and are not currently CIC certified, you will need to meet the following requirements:

You are accountable for the infection prevention and control activities/program in your setting and this is reflected in your current job description.
You have a post-secondary degree (e.g. associates’ or baccalaureate degree).
You have had sufficient experience (recommended: two years) in infection prevention and control which includes all three (3) of the following:

  1. Identification of infectious disease processes
  2. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
  3. Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
And at least two (2) of the remaining five (5) components:
  1. Employee/occupational health
  2. Management and communication
  3. Education and research
  4. Environment of care
  5. Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, and asepsis
Candidates will be required to submit the following documentation with their application:
  • Attestation Statement (completed, signed and dated by supervisor)
  • Proof of Degree
  • CV/Resume
  • Official Job Description

If you have any questions about these changes to the CBIC eligibility requirements, please contact the CBIC office at 414.918.9796 or via email at

One and Only Campaign Update: Risks of Healthcare-associated Infections from Drug Diversion

When prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally, it is called drug diversion. Addiction to prescription narcotics called opioids has reached epidemic proportions and is a major driver of drug diversion. This webpage focuses on diversion involving healthcare providers who steal controlled substances such as opioids for their own use. This can result in several types of patient harm including:

  • Substandard care delivered by an impaired healthcare provider,
  • Denial of essential pain medication or therapy, or
  • Risks of infection (e.g., with hepatitis C virus or bacterial pathogens) if a provider tampers with injectable drugs.


CDC and state and local health departments have assisted in the investigation of infection outbreaks stemming from drug diversion activities that involved healthcare providers who tampered with injectable drugs. A summary of recent outbreaks is illustrated in the following timeline.  

 Read more here >>

**CIC Exam Study Tip: Teach Others**

Studies show that when you teach the material that you are studying to someone else, you are more likely to retain the desired information. This is because explaining concepts and facts in your own words to another person requires that your brain is actively interacting with and attempting to understand the material! Try to do this without looking at notes or texts, and do your best to answer all of their questions – they may make you think about the content in a new and different way.

CIC Certification Prep Workshops at APIC & IPAC Canada 2015!

In 2015, CBIC is pleased to offer a one-day CIC Certification Preparatory Workshop at the APIC Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as at the IPAC Canada Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. We look forward to bringing infection prevention and control professionals together for this important learning opportunity.

The goal of the workshop is to provide education to individuals interested in becoming Certified in Infection Control (CIC®). The Workshop Planning Committee and the workshop speakers have developed a program based on the content outline of the CIC® examination, as well as information about CBIC and general test-taking strategy. Attendees will be able to interact with CBIC Board members and other current and potential certificants.

For more information about the pre-conference workshop at the APIC Conference on June 25, please visit the APIC website here and click on “Pre-Conference Workshop.”

To access registration materials for the post-conference workshop at the IPAC Canada Conference on June 18, please visit the IPAC website here

Membership Organizations

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) has the privilege of working with several organizations to spread the word about the importance of being Certified in Infection Control CIC®. For an explanation of how the organizations are different from the Board, please read the descriptions below:

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) CBIC was formed by APIC in 1980 and APIC remains the sole member of CBIC. APIC provides the education and implements competency measures for the CIC credential.

International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)
CBIC is a member of the International Federation of Infection Control Associations. IFIC is comprised of approximately 30 infection control associations worldwide.

Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada)
IPAC Canada is a national, multidisciplinary association committed to the wellness and safety of Canadians by promoting best practice in infection and control through education, standards, advocacy, and consumer awareness. CBIC has a Canadian representative on the Board of Directors at all times.

Follow CBIC on Social Media (with Bonus Practice Question!)

Become part of the online community of current and aspiring CICs who are discussing ways to prepare for the CIC examination on the CBIC Facebook page! You can also follow CBIC on Twitter at @CBIC for more news, announcements and tips.

Follow CBIC on Facebook on #TestingTuesday and #TestingThursday to see the CIC exam practice questions that are posted twice weekly on the CBIC page. Here is a sample question:

In a community of 100,000 persons, if there are 1,000 cases of a disease and 200 deaths due to that disease in 1 year, what is the case fatality rate?

(A) 0.2%
(B) 1%
(C) 2%
(D) 20%

Scroll to the bottom of the E-Newsletter for the answer!*

CBIC as member of the One & Only Campaign!

CBIC continues to be an active member of the One & Only Campaign, a public safety campaign committed to promoting safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. By teaming up with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, CBIC joins professional groups, healthcare systems, provider groups, private companies and others dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of injection safety.

Recertification Reminder

To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify in the fifth calendar year of their certification. If you are certified through December 31, 2015, you must recertify this year! 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, at least five days a week at hundreds of Prometric assessment centers in North America and worldwide. There are no pre-scheduled testing dates, as Prometric offers continuous testing. Once a candidate’s eligibility is confirmed, s/he will an receive e-mail notice from CBIC instructing the candidate on how to schedule an examination appointment.

    Once certified, certification is valid for a five year period. Candidates may apply online via the link on the CBIC website (, or via paper application (available on the CBIC website). CBIC encourages candidates to download the Candidate Handbook at for easy access to all current information on the CIC examinations. International certificants can also recertify via the computerized examination. To search the database of domestic and international assessment center locations, please go to and click on “Locate a Test Center”. If candidates wish to recertify via the CBT, they must have their examination appointment scheduled for on or before December 30, 2015 (assessment centers are closed on December 31st).

  1. Take and pass the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination (SARE)

    The SARE is offered online on a web-based platform. Candidates may take their SARE examination on their own home computer and on their own schedule.  This examination can be ordered at any time between now and December 1, 2015. A passing score must be achieved, and the SARE must be completed by December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm GMT. CBIC strongly recommends completing the SARE examination prior to December 30, 2015 to ensure that everything goes smoothly upon submission. Candidates must provide an email address to receive the confirmation e-mail with specific instructions on how to access the SARE. The e-mail will include instructions on how to login to the exam, as well as troubleshooting instructions. Candidates may log in and out as many times as necessary, within the established testing window, to complete the examination; responses given during previous testing sessions will be saved. Candidates receive pass/fail results immediately upon finishing their online post-examination survey.

**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, 2015. If you allow your certification to lapse, you cannot use the CIC® credential after December 31, 2015. 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.

*The answer to the E-Newsletter Practice Question is D: 20%.

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