Developmental path of the infection preventionist

The ever-changing requirements of the profession demand that infection preventionists (IPs) constantly update their knowledge base and expand their skill set. Proficiency levels can be determined by years of experience:

  • Novice: 0-4 years experience (followed by passing the CIC exam)
  • Proficient: 4-9 years experience
  • Advanced: 10+ years experience

(Important Note: This can vary based on level of responsibility and number of IP staff)

As the professional association for IPs, APIC has embarked on a two-year process to create the developmental timeline for the IP that will take someone from interest in the field through the first years on the job all the way until retirement.

The development timeline is grounded in APIC’s IP Competency Model.

  • Roadmap for the Novice Infection Preventionist (now available; member login required)
    The Novice Roadmap establishes all the knowledge, skills, and abilities that the infection preventionist must gain from day 1 on the job through taking the Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®) exam.
  • Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
    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. 
  • Professional Practice Standards
    The foundational document for the profession, the Professional Practice Standards establish the core duties, responsibilities, and skill set of the infection preventionist.
  • Proficient Practitioner Bridge (coming January 2018)
    Based on the May 2012 AJIC article on APIC's Competency Model, the Proficient Practitioner Bridge will enable infection preventionists to identify personal strengths and weaknesses, with the ultimate goal of positioning the proficient infection preventionist to apply for the APIC Fellow designation.