ATTENTION: Certificants recertifying in 2016 and forward may only recertify by taking the recertification examination. The proctored certification examination at a Prometric testing facility must be taken to recertify if the recertification exam is failed.
To maintain the CIC® designation, the infection prevention and control professional must recertify within five calendar years of passing the examination. All currently certified infection prevention and control professionals are eligible for recertification during the year that their current certification is due to expire. Recertification for currently certified (CIC®) professionals can be achieved only by the recertification examination. Certified professionals who do not successfully recertify before the current certification period expires will lose their CIC® designation as of December 31st of the last year of the current certification period, and are prohibited from using the CIC® designation. They must reapply for the computer-based certification examination as a lapsed candidate and successfully pass this examination before they can use the CIC® designation again. Certified professionals who do not recertify before the current certification period expires will lose their CIC® designation as of December 31st of the last year of the current certification period, and are prohibited from using the CIC® designation. They must reapply for the initial certification examination and successfully pass this examination before they can use the CIC® designation again.
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Changes in federal regulations, accrediting standards, healthcare products, and patient care practices occur frequently. CBIC performs a practice analysis every 4-5 years in order to capture the impact of these changes on the profession. In order to assess the competency of the certificant given these changes, five years was chosen as the certification renewal period.
Candidates who last certified by the initial certification examination are eligible to recertify by the recertification examination only. For example, if you took the initial certification examination in June 2011, in order to maintain your certification you MUST take the recertification examination in 2016.
You MUST successfully recertify prior to December 31st of your certification expiration year in order to maintain your CIC® status. If you turn in the recertification examination and fail before December 20, 2018, you may take the proctored certification examination at a Prometric testing facility to prevent a lapse in certification. If you do not successfully pass the recertification examination and continue to use the CIC® designation, you will be subject to sanctions. Please read the Sanctions for Inappropriate Use of the CIC® Designation for additional information.
Candidates who elect not to recertify or who do not successfully recertify are prohibited from using the CIC® designation.
Please note: it takes up to 7 business days to process recertification examination applications.
Certificants are responsible for recertification regardless of whether or not they have received notification of expiration from the CBIC Executive Office. If you have moved since you last applied for CIC® certification or recertification, it is imperative that you keep your information up to date with the CBIC office. You can update using My Profile. Keeping our database up-to-date allows us to notify you when your certification is due to expire and to send you CBIC news in our quarterly e-newsletter. Notifying the APIC office does NOT automatically notify the CBIC office.