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.