The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC®) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA accredits organizations responsible for certifying professionals who meet or exceed their standards. This accreditation is part of what lends CBIC its validity and ensures that those who earn the CIC® credential are competent in the field of infection prevention and control. In our Behind the Scenes with CBIC e-news series, we will give you the inside scoop as to why we have certain policies and how they help lend credibility to your credential. In this article, we will focus on our recertification policy.
The NCCA mandates that accredited organizations require their certificants to recertify periodically. CBIC has set five years as its recertification period, as it coincides with the amount of time between practice analyses. Since infection prevention and control is an ever-changing field, competency tests from 20 years ago would not reflect current infection prevention and control practice. Recertification demonstrates that once an IP/ICP is certified, they are able to demonstrate continued competence in the field. CBIC offers certificants recertification through an internet-based recertification examination (formerly known as the SARE). This is a self-paced examination that must be completed with a passing score during a certificant’s recertification year. This means that if a CIC® purchases the examination on January 1 of their recertification year, they have almost an entire year to complete it; however, those who wait until later in the year (say, November) to purchase their recertification exam have slightly more than a month to complete their examination. All exams must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59pm GMT / 6:59pm EST on December 31st of the recertification year.
For more information on credentialing, watch this video from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence!