Competency and Certification of Infection Preventionists

Corrianne Billings, BS, BSN, RN, CIC Infection Preventionist

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Winston-Salem, NC 

Jacie Volkman, MPH, CIC, FAPIC Director of Infection Prevention

HCA Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Original Publication:
February 25, 2022


Professional development of the infection preventionist (IP) is an essential component of practice. As focus on patient safety has increased and public reporting and regulatory requirements related to healthcare-associated infections have become more intensive, greater emphasis has been placed on developing and maintaining the skills of the IP. To ensure safe delivery of care through all healthcare encounters, IP skills must broaden to span the continuum of care. The IP can use various tools adapted from the APIC Competency Model, APIC Professional and Practice Standards, and CBIC Core Competencies to determine areas for continuing education and further improvement, as well as career goals. One significant measure of the IP’s professional competence is achieving the designation of Certified in Infection Control (CIC®). By earning and retaining the CIC designation, IPs can advance their own careers and contribute to improved patient care.