National Credential
Credential: Certified in Infection Control (CIC)  In-Demand resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC)

The CBIC Certified in Infection Control (CIC) credential is for professionals who have competence in the actual practice of infection prevention and control and healthcare epidemiology, and is intended for individuals who are actively accountable for the infection prevention and control program within their current position. Candidates must have a post-secondary degree from an accredited institution and sufficient experience in infection prevention and control. There is no specific time requirement that defines “sufficient experience;” however CBIC emphasizes that this certification examination is geared toward the professional who has had at least two years of full-time experience in infection prevention and control.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education: Associates
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC)
555 E. Wells St.
Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI  53202
Phone: (414) 918-9796
Fax: (414) 276-3349

Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

Candidates must have a post-secondary degree (e.g. associate or baccalaureate degree) from an accredited academic facility.

Candidates must have had sufficient experience (recommended: two years) in infection prevention and control which includes all three (3) of the following:

  1. Identification of infectious disease processes
  2. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigation
  3. Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents
And at least two (2) of the remaining five (5) components:
  1. Employee/occupational health
  2. Management and communication
  3. Education and research
  4. Environment of care
  5. Cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, and asepsis

The Certified in Infection Control (CIC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must submit the following documentation with their application:
    • Attestation Statement (completed, signed and dated by supervisor)
    • Proof of Degree
    • CV/Resume
    • Official Job Description

Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

  • Identification of Infectious Disease Processes (16%)
    • Interpret the relevance of diagnostic and laboratory reports
    • Identify appropriate practices for specimen collection, transportation, handling, and storage
    • Correlate clinical signs and symptoms with infectious disease process
    • Differentiate between colonization infection and contamination
    • Differentiate between prophylactic empiric and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials
  • Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation (18%)
    • Design of Surveillance Systems
    • Collection and Compilation of Surveillance Data
    • Interpretation of Surveillance Data
    • Outbreak Investigation
  • Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents (19%)
    • Develop evidence-based/informed infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • Collaborate with relevant groups and agencies in planning community/facility responses to biologic threats and disasters (e.g., public health, anthrax, influenza)
    • Identify and implement infection prevention and control strategies
  • Employee / Occupational Health (8%)
    • Review and/or develop screening and immunization programs
    • Collaborate regarding counseling, follow up, and work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases and/or exposures
    • Collaborate with occupational health to evaluate infection prevention-related data and provide recommendations
    • Collaborate with occupational health to recognize healthcare personnel who may represent a transmission risk to patients, coworkers, and communities
    • Assess risk of occupational exposure to infectious diseases (e.g., Mycobacterium tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens)
  • Management and Communication (10%)
    • Planning
    • Communication and Feedback
    • Quality Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Education and Research (8%)
    • Education
    • Research
  • Environment of Care (10%)
    • Recognize and monitor elements important for a safe care environment (e.g., Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning, water standards, construction)
    • Assess infection risks of design, construction, and renovation that impact patient care settings
    • Provide recommendations to reduce the risk of infection as part of the design, construction, and renovation process
    • Collaborate on the evaluation and monitoring of environmental cleaning and disinfection practices and technologies
    • Collaborate with others to select and evaluate environmental disinfectant products
  • Cleaning, Sterilization, Disinfection, Asepsis (11%)
    • Identify and evaluate appropriate cleaning, sterilization and disinfection practices
    • Collaborate with others to assess products under evaluation for their ability to be reprocessed
    • Identify and evaluate critical steps of cleaning, high level disinfection, and sterilization

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified in Infection Control (CIC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified in Infection Control (CIC)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified in Infection Control (CIC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification by examination 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.