# CBIC Practice Test

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) administers the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) exam for those who wish to pursue work in the infection prevention and control field.

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## Eligibility

To be eligible for the exam, you must meet all of the following requirements:

• You must have completed post-secondary education in a health-related field.
• Your current job description must include direct responsibility for the infection prevention and control programs in a healthcare setting.
• Your work experience must reflect ONE of the following:
• You must have one year of full-time employment.
• You must have two years of part-time employment.
• You must have completed at least 3,000 hours of infection prevention work during the last three years.

## Exam Outline Review

The CIC exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions, 15 of which are unscored, and you will be given a time limit of 3 hours. The unscored questions are used by the test administrators to evaluate and validate future exam questions.

The exam is split into eight sections:

### 1. Identification of Infectious Disease Processes (22 questions)

The questions in this section assess your abilities in the following areas:

• Interpreting the relevance of various reports
• Differentiating between prophylactic, empiric, and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials
• Monitoring local and global health threats
• Identifying appropriate practices for specimen collection, handling, and storage
• Assessing risk factor for infectious diseases
• Differentiating between colonization, pseudo infection, and infection

### 2. Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation (22 questions)

The questions in this section assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

• Design of surveillance systems
• Collection and compilation of surveillance data
• Interpretation of surveillance data
• Outbreak investigation

### 3. Preventing/Controlling the Transmission of Infectious Agents (22 questions)

The questions in this section assess your abilities in the following areas:

• Identifying and implementing infection prevention and control strategies
• Collaborating with key stakeholders on antimicrobial stewardship programs
• Developing infection prevention policies and procedures
• Adapting transmission-based precautions to the specific healthcare setting
• Collaborating with relevant groups and agencies in planning community responses to biological threats and disasters
• Identifying and implementing strategies related to transmission-based precautions
• Collaborating with key stakeholders on emergency preparedness and management

### 4. Employee/Occupational Health (11 questions)

The questions in this section assess your abilities in the following areas:

• Collaborating with employee/occupational health to evaluate infection prevention data
• Assessing the risks of occupational exposure to infectious diseases
• Assessing screening and immunization programs
• Educating on safe work practices
• Consulting on the use of alternative infection prevention options
• Collaborating with employee/occupational health to identify healthcare personnel who may present a transmission risk

### 5. Management and Communication (14 questions)

The questions in this section assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

• Planning the infection prevention program
• Communication
• Quality performance improvement and patient safety

### 6. Education and Research (12 questions)

The questions in this section assess your abilities in the following areas:

• Developing goals and measurable objectives for preparing educational offerings
• Implementing strategies that engage the patient in activities aimed at infection prevention
• Providing immediate feedback to healthcare workers when lapses are observed
• Prepare and present educational content
• Assessing the effectiveness of education and learner outcomes

### 7. Environment of Care (14 questions)

The questions in this section assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

• Environmental safety
• Recognizing and monitoring safe care environment elements

### 8. Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization of Medical Devices and Equipment (18 questions)

The questions in this section assess your abilities in the following areas:

• Collaborating with stakeholders to evaluate products
• Auditing the process documentation to ensure requirements are met
• Identifying and evaluating appropriate practices based on intended use
• Identifying and evaluating critical steps of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization

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## Registration

To register for the exam, you must first submit an online application. This application must include the following: