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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR CBIC TEST COMMITTEE

 
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. is currently seeking applications for non-Board members to fill open positions on the two Test Committee subcommittees: Item Writing Committee and Item Review Committee. This is a 2-year term that begins January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2020.
 
To be considered for the Test Committee, you must be currently certified (CIC), and have successfully taken both the proctored initial certification examination and the online recertification examination (formerly known as the SARE) at some point during your certification. Finalists will also be asked to submit sample exam questions that they have composed.
 
The ideal candidate will be an energetic individual and only those currently board certified (CIC®) may apply. Interested individuals should complete the online Show of Interest form found here https://form.jotform.com/82535059501151 and submit their CV / resume. The form can also be downloaded as a PDF and submitted via mail or email.

The deadline for receipt of the form and resume or CV is
October 15, 2018.

 
Test Committee Description
The Test Committee is an integral part of CBIC and, as such, requires a significant time commitment on the part of its members. Please apply only if your schedule allows you to participate in all activities described below.
CBIC’s certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification.
The Test Committee serves as content experts and directs and coordinates with the testing company all activities related to the development of the proctored initial certification examination as well as the recertification examination. As an item (question) writer or reviewer, you are expected to have experience in infection prevention and control that reflects the current content outline for the CIC® examination.
 
Test Committee members are not eligible to take the examination until two years after their term has ended. If these individuals are due to recertify at any point during this time, they will be granted an extension to maintain CIC® status until two years after their Test Committee term is completed. For example, if you are due to recertify in 2018 and your Test Committee appointment is until December 31, 2020, you will need to recertify in 2023.
 
Participants are not eligible to endorse, assist, or participate in any educational endeavor which has as its primary purpose the preparation of individuals for passing the certification examination during the years that they serve on the Test Committee and for two years following the end of this term.
 
Members of the Test Committee who are involved in general infection control education programs must request that advertisement for such programs not include reference to the fact that the participant is involved with the development of the certification examination and that there be no reference to CBIC involvement in their introduction.
 
Members of the Test Committee are allowed to apply for a second term; however, reappointment is not guaranteed.
 
For a full description of open Test Committee positions, see below.
 
 
Test Committee Responsibilities

  • Participate in a two-hour online Test Committee Orientation Webinar in early 2019.
  • Be available to meet at least one (1) and up to two (2) times per year for examination item writing or item review; additional meetings may be scheduled as determined by the Chair. Meetings of the Test Committee typically occur over weekends, with travel required on a Thursday and meeting on Friday and Saturday.  Meetings usually include two full days of at least 8 hours of work per day. Travel expenses are covered by CBIC.
  • Participate in initial examination form review, revision and review of items, new item development, and/or proofing of examination forms. This translates to an average of about 4 hours of volunteer work per month, in addition to meeting times. Some years and some months have a heavier workload than others.


Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC)
Test Committee 2019
 
The Test Committee directs and coordinates, in conjunction with the testing company, all activities related to the development of the proctored initial certification examination and the online recertification examination. Our testing company is Prometric (www.prometric.com).
 
The Committee is comprised of at least 16 members, including up to 12 non-Board members. Membership of the Board minimally includes a Director who serves as the Test Committee Chair, a Director who serves as the Co-Chair, and up to seven additional Board members as needed. Members, Board or non-Board, should include at least two CICs practicing in Canada. Any one member may satisfy one or more of these criteria. One Director serves as Chair of the Test Committee for a one-year term and one Director will serve as Co-Chair, with the understanding that they will serve as Chair for the subsequent year. First term CBIC Directors are required to participate in the Item Writing Subcommittee in their first year of service, and are invited to participate in the Item Review Subcommittee in their second year of their first term if they are interested in continuing with the Test Committee. All Directors are required to attend at least one Test Committee meeting during their tenure on the Board of Directors.
 
The Test Committee will meet three times per year for item writing, item review and form review; additional meetings may be scheduled as determined by the Chair. Committee work is also conducted outside of formal meetings to include: proofing of examination forms; review of test item performance; and candidate comments.
 
The descriptions for the two types of subcommittee positions available to non-Board Subject Matter Experts are listed below:
 
Item Writers

  • Write items for the CIC® examinations
  • Provide references in support of the use of each item (i.e. for the correct response and the incorrect response alternatives) as well as source references.
  • Work closely with Test Development staff and Psychometricians.
  • Position requires skills in grammar, editing, and communications with internal and external customers.
  • Use technology appropriately and efficiently to carry out tasks.
  • Travel 1-2 times per year with additional conference calls and/or web conferences. Meetings of the Test Committee typically occur over weekends, with travel required on a Thursday and meeting on Friday and Saturday.Meetings include two full days of at least 8 hours of work per day. Travel expenses are covered by CBIC, including flights, food, and lodging. CBIC does not reimburse of alcohol purchases during your trip.
  • Some experience in large-scale educational measurement, especially item development, strongly preferred.
  • Stay abreast of industry changes.
  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with committee members.

Item Reviewers

  • Analyze item statistics to evaluate examination item performance.
  • Demonstrate strong editing skills.
  • Stay abreast of industry changes.
  • Ensure the items are free of errors.
  • Work closely with Test Development staff and Psychometricians.
  • Position requires skills in grammar, editing, and communications with internal and external customers.
  • Use technology appropriately and efficiently to carry out tasks.
  • Travel 1-2 times per year with additional conference calls and/or web conferences. Meetings of the Test Committee typically occur over weekends, with travel required on a Thursday and meeting on Friday and Saturday.Meetings include two full days of at least 8 hours of work per day. Travel expenses are covered by CBIC, including flights, food, and lodging. CBIC does not reimburse of alcohol purchases during your trip.
  • Some experience in large-scale educational measurement, especially item development, strongly preferred.
  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with committee members.