Education & Certification
The APIC Fellows program recognizes exemplary APIC members with status as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC). Fellow of APIC status is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field.
Congratulations to our 2016 APIC Fellows!
Important Application Information
Thank you for your interest in becoming an APIC Fellow! Over the next few tabs you will learn more about the eligibility requirements, the submission process, and common questions you may have regarding the program.
We’ve implemented a few changes to the 2017 Fellows program:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher is required. (Please note that in 2018 and beyond, applicants must have a Master’s degree or higher.)
- Applicants must have at least seven years of infection prevention experience. (This experience must be clearly indicated on the applicant’s CV or resume.)
- Like last year, each applicant must provide activities that demonstrate achievement in 3 of the 4 future-oriented domains of the APIC competency model. For 2017 only, those activities don’t have a date restriction. (For 2018 and beyond, all activities must have occurred within the ten years prior to applying for Fellow status.)
- Additionally, we’ve removed the restriction that each activity must be of a different “type.”
- For each activity, the applicant must write a brief explanation for how that activity shows achievement in that specific domain.
- We no longer accept paper applications or check payments for the application fee. Every applicant must complete the online application and pay the non-refundable $125 application fee with a credit card.
To learn more about how to apply, click the Application Guidelines tab.
To be considered for APIC fellow status, an applicant must:
- Be an APIC member in good standing (full/active and associate members accepted) for the five consecutive years prior to applying
- Hold the CIC® certification
- Have a Bachelor's degree or higher
- Have at least seven years of infection prevention work experience (must be clearly shown on your resume or CV)
Your application must indicate the following:
- Your recognition as a named author in a scientific peer-reviewed publication (can be a journal, book, or text)
- Please refer to the University of Minnesota's guidelines for a detailed explanation of what we mean by the term “peer-reviewed journal.”
- Submissions that don't meet the definition of peer-reviewed won't be accepted and the application denied.
- Activities that demonstrate achievement in 3 of the 4 future-oriented domains of the APIC competency model. (You can pick the three domains.)
- If you pick the Leadership domain as one of the three, then you will need to indicate a voluntary leadership position you held at the local, state, regional or national level. Please note that:
- The leadership position cannot be connected to your job, such as leading a facility Infection Prevention Committee.
- The leadership position must have been directly connected to infection prevention and control and/or healthcare epidemiology.
- Serving on a committee alone doesn’t qualify. You must have held a titled leadership position (e.g. committee chair).
- For the Infection Prevention and Control; Technical; and Performance Improvement and Implementation Science domains, you will need to show achievement in the domain by providing an activity in any of the following categories:
- Being a named author in a peer-reviewed publication (Note: Must be a different publication than the one provided to meet first criteria)
- Oral presentation at the state, regional, or national level
- Poster presentation at the national level
- Contribution to an APIC practice resource, whether:
- Contributing to the development of a class taught by APIC at the national level (e.g. EPI® 101) or
- Being a named author, editor, or reviewer (mentioned specifically in the resource’s opening Acknowledgements) to an APIC book or APIC Implementation Guide
- Although you can use the same type of activity more than once, you can’t use the same specific activity twice. (For example, you can submit oral presentations for the Infection Prevention and Control and Performance Improvement and Implementation Science domains, but they have to be two different oral presentations.)
- For any activity in these three domains, you must describe briefly how that activity shows achievement in that domain.
To learn about how to submit your application, click the Submission Process tab.
The 2017 application period for the Fellows program is February 1 - March 31, 2017. After the application period closes, all applications be reviewed and applicants will be notified of their status prior to the APIC Annual Conference in June.
Before you begin the online application, we strongly recommend that you first:
- Make sure your CV or resume is up-to-date and indicates at least seven years of infection preventionist experience and includes clear references to the activities used to demonstrate achievement in the future-oriented domains.
- Download the Practice Application to familiarize yourself with the format and prepare your responses in advance of submitting online.
To submit your application:
- After February 1, a “Start Application” button will be available at the bottom of this page. Click the button to start the process.
- Complete all relevant parts of the application, including uploading your current CV or resume.
- Once you are positive all of your information is correct, hit Submit.
- On the screen after you’ve submitted your application, provide payment for the non-refundable $125 application fee. (Note that your application won't be processed until after you've paid the fee.)
Important: You won’t be able to save an incomplete online application to finish at a later time, so please prepare to complete the entire application in one effort. Give yourself at least 20 minutes to complete it.
When you are ready to apply, please click this link:
What are the benefits of this designation?
FAPIC is a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field.
How will awardees be recognized for their achievement?
Successful applicants will be considered “Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology” and will have the FAPIC credential. Additionally, the 2017 Fellows will receive the following recognition:
- Certificate of FAPIC achievement
- Letter to applicant’s supervisor (if applicable)
- Recognition at APIC Annual Conference
- Recognition on APIC website
- Recognition in fall Prevention Strategist
- Do all of my activities need to have been done with APIC?
No. The major requirement is that all activities must be related to infection prevention and/or healthcare epidemiology.
- What if I apply and don't receive FAPIC status? Do I have to reapply?
If your application for APIC Fellow status isn't approved, then you must reapply. (Please note that each application costs $125, and you will not be refunded if your application is not approved.)
- Will the Fellows application criteria be the same next year?
Two important changes will happen in 2018 that might impact your eligibility:
- All applicants must have a Master's degree or higher
- The publication and all domain activities must have occurred within the ten years immediately prior to applying.
- Once I receive FAPIC status, will I need to maintain my membership and CIC credential?
Yes. Continued FAPIC status is contingent on continuing your APIC membership and also maintaining CIC status. APIC will check the membership and CIC statuses of all APIC Fellows on an annual basis and will notify those who are in danger of losing their status.
- I wrote an article for Prevention Strategist. Is this accepted as contribution to a peer-reviewed publication?
While Prevention Strategist is reviewed by an advisory panel, it is not identified as a scientific peer-reviewed publication.
- Is there a renewal process?
At this time, there is no renewal process or extra fee.
- If I applied in a previous year but was denied FAPIC status, will this affect my chances in future years?
No. Your application will be evaluated based on the application materials submitted for the current year and nothing else.
- Is there a quota for the number of new Fellows admitted?
No. Candidates are evaluated based on the criteria for admission and not in comparison to the pool of applicants for that year.
- Are APIC Associate members eligible?
- When can I expect to receive notification about the status of my application?
All applicants will be notified of their FAPIC status prior to the APIC Annual Conference.
- How will I know if APIC received my application and payment?
If you are able to see the payment screen, then your application was successfully saved. Additionally, notification of payment will go to the email address provided by the payer.
- Someone else (e.g. my employer) will pay for my application fee. Do I need to do anything special because of this?
If someone else pays your application fee, then he or she will need to provide your APIC member number at the time of payment so that we can connect payment to your application.