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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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what is cbic
What is CBIC?

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.

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What is CBIC?

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

certification examinations
Certification Examinations

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

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Certification Examinations

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

proctored computer based examination
Proctored Computer-based Examination

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

validity of the certification examinations
Validity of the Certification Examinations

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

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Validity of the Certification Examinations

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.

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Validity of the Certification Examinations

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

certification examination 2010 content outline
Certification Examination2010 Content Outline

Identification of Infectious Disease Processes

Surveillance & Epidemiologic Investigation

Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents

Employee/Occupational Health

Management and Communication (Leadership)

Education and Research

eligibility for certification
Eligibility for Certification

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

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Eligibility for Certification (cont)

A current license or registration as a medical technologist, physician, or registered nurse;

OR

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree

OR

Contact CBIC Executive Office regarding educational requirement waiver

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Eligibility for Certification (cont)

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.

definition of infection control practice
Definition of Infection Control Practice

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.

AND

definition of infection control practice cont
Definition of Infection Control Practice (cont.)

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;

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Definition of Infection Control Practice (cont.)

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.

applying for the certification examination
Applying for the Certification Examination

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

preparing for the examination
Preparing for the Examination

Refer to the detailed content outline in the Candidate Handbook to guide study efforts

preparing for the examination cont
Preparing for the Examination(cont.)

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

confidentiality of examination scores
Confidentiality of Examination Scores

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.

proper use of the cic credential
Proper Use of the CIC® Credential

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.

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Proper Use of 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.

resources
Resources

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

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CBIC does not produce or endorse products or materials related to preparing for the certification examination.

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Resources

CBIC Executive Offices are located at:

555 East Wells Street

Suite 1100

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 918-9796

Fax: (414) 276-3349

Web site: www.cbic.org

resources cont
Resources (cont.)

AMP (CBIC's testing company): 18000 W. 105th St Olathe, KS 66061-7543 (888) 519-9901info@goamp.com

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Resources (cont.)

APIC

1275 K St., NWSuite 1000Washington, DC, 20005-4006(202) 789-1890apicinfo@apic.org

CHICA-Canada

PO Box 46125 RPO WestdaleWinnipeg MBR3R 3S3(866) 999-7111chicacanada@mts.net