June 2015 E-newsletter
CBIC: The Certification Corner
Volume 8; Issue 2
June 2015

 CBIC President's Message

“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Suess.

2015 has been a very busy year for the CBIC staff and our Board of Directors. It’s hard to believe it’s already June!

A year has passed since we conducted our CBIC Practice Analysis Survey and with the analysis complete, changes have begun. In the previous newsletter I introduced you to the new content outline that has guided exam development. In July, the newly constructed examinations will be released for the pilot period. I would like to thank all of you who will be participating in this task that is so critical to the test development process. The Practice Analysis also provided us with a contemporary evaluation of current infection prevention and control practice that prompted us to review the eligibility requirements. As a result, the requirements have been updated to demonstrate the changing infection prevention and control practice and the full spectrum of healthcare practices that are involved. The updated requirements are highlighted in this newsletter and will come into effect in July.

In March, I had the privilege to meet with international colleagues at the IFIC conference in Delhi, India. It was an exciting opportunity to converse and exchange ideas with others. On behalf of CBIC, I would also like to congratulate our Past President, Dr. Kathy Suh who will be taking on a new volunteer position in 2016 as editor of the IFIC journal.

June is the time for our infection prevention and control conferences and I look forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming IPAC Canada conference in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and the APIC conference in lively Nashville, Tennessee. Please make sure you stop by the CBIC booth to meet our directors and CBIC staff. CBIC Director, Dr. Ruth Carrico has been busy organizing the 2015 certification preparation workshops that will be held in conjunction with both the IPAC Canada and APIC conferences. Under her leadership, an exciting collaboration has developed that has resulted in CBIC directors, and members from IPAC Canada and APIC working together in presentation streams to create updated and consistent content that is uniquely flavoured with Canadian and American perspectives. We are very thankful for all of their hard work and for Ruth’s commitment and passion that always shines through. We are excited to provide the updated workshops in 2015.

Stay tuned as even more change is anticipated for this year! To assist us with all of this activity, we are excited to welcome Cassidy Davis, our new Marketing Coordinator. We welcome Cassidy to our team and look forward to working with her.

In closing, thank you to all of you who proudly display your CIC® credential and support certification in our profession on a daily basis. Congratulations to all who have achieved initial certification or recertification this year.



Kathryn McGhie, RN, BScN, CIC
2015 CBIC President

REMINDER: Don’t Forget to Register for the 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: http://cbic.org/certification/2014-2015-examination-content-outline-ends-june-30-2015.

An updated reference materials list that corresponds with this content outline can be found on the CBIC website at http://cbic.org/certification/2015-cbic-references.

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.

You can also find more information about the Pilot Exam at the links below.

How to apply
Pilot Exam Fact Sheet

If you are interested in taking the Pilot Exam or know others who are considering taking the CIC® examination, we are currently offering a $100 discount for anyone who applies to take the Pilot Exam! Along with this, all applicants will be entered to win an iPad Mini AND if you register before June 12, 2015, you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! The deadline to apply for the Pilot Exam is June 21st.

For more information on the 2015 CBIC Pilot Exam, please contact the CBIC office at info@cbic.org.

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) from an accredited academic facility.


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

*Equivalent to Canadian two- or three-year diploma from an accredited academic facility.

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 info@cbic.org.

New Podcast

CBIC Director Joann Andrews, RN, MSN, CIC explains the new Eligibility Requirements beginning July 1, 2015. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Recertification Announcement

After consultation with Prometric, CBIC's testing agency, and extensive discussions at the Board level, CBIC is updating the procedure for recertifying. Starting in 2016, if you need to recertify you may only take the Self-Achievement Recertification Examination (SARE). If you take the SARE and do not pass, then you may take the Computer-Based Test (CBT). The rules for the SARE remain the same. You have the entirety of your fifth year of certification to take the examination. If you take the examination before December 31 of your recertification year and pass you will be recertified.

However, since you cannot take the SARE more than once in a calendar year, we will allow anyone who fails the SARE to take the CBT to prevent a lapse in certification. If you do not pass the CBT by December 31st of the year your certification expires, you will be considered lapsed and will have to meet the eligibility requirements for first-time certification prior to taking the examination. Please keep this in mind when determining when you will turn in the SARE.

Prometric recommended that CBIC switch to SARE-only for recertification because the purposes of the initial certification examination and the SARE are different. The initial certification exam is intended to measure minimum competence for individuals who are beginners in infection prevention and control. The SARE exam is intended to serve as a validated measure of ongoing competence for individuals working in a unique and continually changing specialty.

If you have questions about recertifying, please contact the CBIC Executive Office at info@cbic.org or 414.918.9796. Best wishes for success in your recertification.

**CIC® Exam Study Tip: Flashcards**

Flashcards can be an excellent tool for preparing for tests. They provide a self-directed form of studying that can cater to your learning style. Using flashcards is easy because you don’t need to register for a class or organize group meetings. Flashcards can help people retain information through a number of methods. Flashcards engage your brain in active recall, which is just asking a question immediately followed by revealing the answer. Also, if you use the flashcards regularly, they help engage in spaced learning which is much more effective than cramming. These reasons coupled with repetition, reinforce the effectiveness when using flashcards as a study tool.

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.

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

Join us at the CIC® Reception in Nashville, TN

APIC will be hosting a CIC® Reception on Reception on Friday, June 26 at 7:00pm in the Broadway East Room of the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN. The CIC® Reception is specifically for CICs to come and visit with the CBIC Board and meet other certified IPs. 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!

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 or LinkedIn for more news, announcements and tips.

This year CBIC will be posting from the APIC and IPAC-Canada annual conferences with our new Instagram @CBIC_Inc. Follow us to stay up to date with our conference activities.

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:

An infection preventionist (IP) has been asked to perform a cost-benefit analysis to support an additional IP for the outpatient clinics. Cost of a healthcare associated infection is assessed. Which of the following is the best method to accomplish the goal?

(A) prevalence survey
(B) cohort study
(C) descriptive analysis
(D) analytical cost-control study

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

We want to hear from you!

CBIC will also be participating in Throwback Thursday (#TBT)! If you have a throwback story or photo, send them to us at info@cbic.org and we will share on Thursdays!

CBIC: a 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 (www.cbic.org), or via paper application (available on the CBIC website). CBIC encourages candidates to download the Candidate Handbook at www.cbic.org 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 www.prometric.com/cbic 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).

2. 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 www.cbic.org 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.

CBIC Welcomes a New Marketing Coordinator

In April, CBIC added Cassidy to their executive office team. She will be working on the communications tasks for CBIC including social media, promotional pieces, this E-Newsletter, and other marketing items. Welcome Cassidy!

Spotlight on a CIC®: Melanie DuBose BA, BSN, RN, CIC

Melanie DuBose, BA, BSN, RN, CIC was recently featured in an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer. DuBose has been a CIC® for a year and CBIC followed up with her to learn a little more about what being board certified means to her.

Why did you choose an infection prevention career?

With a background in medical surgery and psych nursing, I wanted to find an aspect of nursing that would not only make a difference in the care of my individual patients, but impact the care given to all patients, on a much larger scale. Infection prevention is the perfect arena to do that.

What does being Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) mean to you?

To me, being certified in infection control is an affirmation of competence and understanding in the transmission of contagious agents.

In what ways has your certification benefited you?

It gives me the confidence to educate patients and staff on various disease processes and ways to interrupt the transmission.

In what ways has your certification benefited your organization?

My certification has benefited my institution in that my team and I are recognized as the experts in disease processes and what is needed to stop the spread of disease. The hospital looks to us for guidance and being certified, again, gives me the confidence that I can handle and assist in just about any infection control issue that may arise.

What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

The advice that I would give someone looking into pursuing certification is, “Do it!” You will learn so much as you prepare for the test. Give yourself an adequate timeline and review LOTS of questions and the rationales for each answer. That was key for me. The APIC review guide was helpful, as was the online review course.

You were featured in an article in May where you said that your job is interesting because you learn something new every day, what new knowledge did you gain today?

Today I spoke to an interdisciplinary group of educators to introduce a change in our current practice and I was reminded of the specific needs of the adult learner. Adult learners are very visual learners and need to be given practical and relevant examples in order to grasp new information being presented to them. Things being taught to them have to make sense in order for them to embrace change.

*The answer to the E-Newsletter Practice Question is A: prevalence survey

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