Certification in Infection Prevention and Control
Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
Established by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) in 1981; CBIC is an affiliate of APIC. The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (or CBIC) is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary Board that develops and administers the initial CIC examination and the recertification examination. While CBIC is responsible for the administration and development of the CIC exam, CBIC is not responsible for education or determining common infection control practices. The mission of CBIC is to protect the public through the development, administration and promotion of an accredited certification in infection prevention and control. CBIC maintains and promotes professional certification of the highest quality through the accomplishment of key objectives.
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Why should you become certified?
The CIC credential is an internationally recognized standard of competence in the infection prevention and control field. Having the credential demonstrates to yourself, your coworkers, your employer and the public that you are knowledgeable in your field. In addition, it provides a measure of accountability to grow with the profession through recertification every five years.
- Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
- Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
- Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents
- Employee/Occupational Health
- Management and Communication
- Education and Research
- Environment of Care
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You are accountable for the infection prevention and control activities/program in your setting and this is reflected in your current job description.
You have a post-secondary degree (e.g. associates’* or baccalaureate degree) from an accredited academic facility.
You have had sufficient experience (recommended: two years) in infection prevention and control which includes all three (3) of the following:
- Identification of infectious disease processes
- Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
- Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
at least two (2) of the remaining five (5) components:
- Employee/occupational health
- Management and communication
- Education and research
- Environment of care
- Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, and asepsis
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