Certification in Infection Prevention and Control. Certification is Commitment. What is CBIC?. Voluntary, independent, multidisciplinary Board Provides direction for and administers the certification process for infection prevention and control (IP&C)
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Certification is Commitment
Voluntary, independent, multidisciplinary Board
Provides direction for and administers the certification process for infection prevention and control (IP&C)
Mission: Protect the public by raising the standard of the infection prevention and control profession through the development, administration and promotion of an accredited certification process.
Established by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC) in 1981; CBIC is an affiliate of APIC
Certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
Member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, formerly National Organization for Competency Assurance
Comprehensive, job-related, objective tests
150 multiple choice questions;15 questions under evaluation, not included in scoring
Developed from a practice analysis of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals in the U.S., Canada and other countries
Recognized by APIC and CHICA-Canada as the standard for certification in infection control
Aligned with the Practice Standards for Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology
The only standardized measurement of essential knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of infection prevention and control professionals
ALL examination questions are the copyrighted property of CBIC
Administered at Assessment Centers throughout the United States, Canada and other international sites
Sites listed at:
AMP web site, www.goamp.com
Used for both initial certification and re-certification
Exams are based on a practice analysis of infection prevention and control professionals
The practice analysis, examination development and process adhere to nationally recognized standards for validation, educational and psychological testing
Developed under the guidance of a psychometrician and test development specialist from an independent testing agency. The testing agency also oversees scoring of the examination.
Each test item (question) undergoes both expert and statistical scrutiny before use.
Passing scores are calculated to compensate for item difficulty and differences between examinations
Acknowledged by The Joint Commission as an important element of an effective infection control program
Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
Surveillance & Epidemiologic Investigation
Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
Management and Communication (Leadership)
Education and Research
Must meet practice requirements for “current clinical practice of infection prevention and control”
Must have primary responsibility for the infection prevention and control program for their employing organization OR the department in which the applicant is employed is assigned responsibility for the infection prevention and control program in the organization.
Must meet educational requirements (or apply for a waiver)
All requirements described in Candidate Handbook
A current license or registration as a medical technologist, physician, or registered nurse;
A minimum of a baccalaureate degree
Contact CBIC Executive Office regarding educational requirement waiver
Candidates who are self-employed or who work in non-traditional settings must submit additional documentation (SeeCandidate Handbookfor details)
Candidates with lapsed certification must meet the practice requirements as described in the Candidate Handbook for first time applicants and take the proctored computer-based examination.
The clinical practice of infection control occurs in a variety of settings and includes both:
analysis and interpretation of collected infection prevention and control data; and
the investigation and surveillance of suspected outbreaks of infection.
Includes at least threeof the following five activities:
Planning, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention and control measures;
Education of individuals about infection risk, prevention and control;
3. Development and revision of infection control policies and procedures;
Management of infection prevention and control activities;
5. Provision of consultation on infection risk assessment, prevention and control strategies.
Obtain a Candidate Handbook with application forms and special accommodations requests from CBIC.
Ensure that the eligibility requirements are met (request an educational waiver, if necessary).
You may apply online at www.goamp.com or complete the paper application in the Candidate Handbook and send to AMP
Refer to the detailed content outline in the Candidate Handbook to guide study efforts
Review current infection prevention and control reference books, journals and standards, including APIC and CHICA-Canada’s Practice Standards
Solicit support from your local APIC or CHICA chapter
Form a study group among your peers
Both CBIC and AMP (CBIC’s testing agency) maintain complete confidentiality of individual test scores.
Only summary statistics are provided at open forums and published periodically in the infection prevention and control literature.
Only individuals who have successfully
passed the proctored computer-based certification exam and have
maintained current certification,
through either the computer-based
or SARE examination,
may use the CIC® credential.
The CIC® credential may be used on resumes, business cards, letterhead, and other professional communications.
The CIC® credential may not be used for product or other endorsements.
Check CBIC Web site www.cbic.orgfor:
Candidate Handbook (all application and order forms for the examinations are included)
Background information on CBIC and the certification process
CBIC does not produce or endorse products or materials related to preparing for the certification examination.
CBIC Executive Offices are located at:
555 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 918-9796
Fax: (414) 276-3349
Web site: www.cbic.org
AMP (CBIC's testing company): 18000 W. 105th St Olathe, KS 66061-7543 (888) firstname.lastname@example.org
1275 K St., NWSuite 1000Washington, DC, 20005-4006(202) email@example.com
PO Box 46125 RPO WestdaleWinnipeg MBR3R 3S3(866) firstname.lastname@example.org