Certification in Infection Control (CIC®)
Discounts for CIC®
Effective January 1, 2016 a newly certified CIC® or newly certified a-IPC will receive a $50 discount applied to his/her IPAC Canada membership in the membership year following certification. This will not apply to CIC® renewals.
Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (CBIC)
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) is a voluntary, autonomous, multidisciplinary board that provides direction for, and administers to, the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control - related organization or association.
This is the most widely recognized examination for infection control professionals in North America. Partnership with IPAC Canada has resulted in collaboration on examination questions, exam centres being held across Canada and a IPAC Chapter award. A PowerPoint presentation describing the role of CBIC is available below.
Revised Exam Schedule
CBIC conducted the 2020 Practice Analysis to ensure that the CIC® examination accurately reflects the responsibilities and required knowledge of those practicing in the field of infection prevention and control. Now that the Practice Analysis is complete, the examination will be updated to reflect the new standards. Below are important dates to share with IPAC members that may be planning to take the exam this year.
The current examination form will be phased out and will no longer be available beginning on July 22, 2021. May 28th is the last day to submit applications for the current CIC® exam. The beta test application will open June 1, 2021 for the August-September testing window. Once applications are approved, beta testers must complete the exam by September 30, 2021. All beta testers will receive a $100 discount off of the regular $375 price. There will be no CIC® examination available from October 2021 through December 2021.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) endorses the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all infection prevention and control professionals meeting educational and practice requirements.
CIC® Recertification is required in order to maintain the CIC® designation. All currently certified (CIC®) professionals in infection prevention and control are eligible for recertification during the year that their certification is due to expire.
There are two methods to obtain recertification:
- Recertification by Examination
- Recertification by Continuing Education (see IPU Criteria Chart for further information)
IPAC Canada Statement on Certification*
Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada) endorses as a core requirement for the position of Infection Prevention and Control Professional (ICP) the achievement and maintenance of certification in infection prevention and control (CIC®) from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc. (CBIC).
Certification signifies that the specialized body of knowledge required for competent performance of current infection prevention and control practice has been attained and maintained..
An ICP prepared for certification through a combination of a recognized course(s), on the job mentoring and life-long learning. The CIC® should be completed between 2-5 years of assuming the roles and responsibilities of infection prevention and control.
*2016, in collaboration with the Network of Networks Interest Group
Prévention et contrôle des infections Canada (PCI Canada) recommande en tant qu’exigence fondamentale pour un poste de professionnel de la prévention et du contrôle des infections (professionnel de la PCI) l’obtention et la mise à jour régulière de la certification en prévention et en contrôle des infections (CIC®) administrée par le Certification Board of Infection Contrôle and Epidemiology (CBIC).
La certification signifie que la personne certifiée possède et garde à jour les connaissances spécialisées nécessaires à l’exécution compétente des pratiques actuelles de la prévention et du contrôle des infections.
La professionnelle ou le professionnel de la PCI s’est préparé à obtenir la certification par une combinaison de moyens, dont un (ou plus d’un) cours reconnu, le mentorat au travail et l’apprentissage continu. L’obtention du CIC® devrait se faire deux à cinq ans après qu’une personne assume les rôles et les responsabilités de la prévention et du contrôle des infections.
*2016, en collaboration avec le Groupe d’intérêt du réseau des réseaux
Certification en prèvention et en contrôle des infections
CBIC is excited to announce the launch of a French Canadian translation of the CIC® initial certification examination! The French Canadian exam has the same content outline as the English version. CBIC has also translated the Candidate Handbook, which can be found here.
20/20 Vision: CIC® Recertification by Continuing Education and Entry Level Certification
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Accredited Certification: Why it matters
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Certification in Infection Prevention and Control: Certification is Committment
2014 Practice Survey
Results of the 2014 survey conducted by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) have informed 2015 CBIC examinations.