Scholarships available for certification through CAA program

A growing number of employers in the field of infection prevention and control expect candidates to have or be working toward their Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or CIC®, credential. Take the next step in your career by becoming certified.

Institutional support for certification has been reduced or, in some cases, eliminated. To help infection preventionists better manage the costs associated with obtaining the CIC® credential, APIC offers the Competency Advancement Assistance Program (CAA) to support this critical component of professional development for those who may not be able to afford those costs. The program is funded by APIC Strategic Partners.


Individuals who have been members of APIC for at least one full continuous year, without any lapses or interruptions as of July 2017, may apply. Applicants must understand the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) eligibility criteria and must be prepared to take the CIC® CBT examination or complete the recertification exam no later than May 1, 2018. No extensions will be granted.

Applicants who take the exam prior to acceptance into the program, or after May 1, 2018, will be ineligible for reimbursement through the CAA program.

Assistance is provided in two categories for either initial certification or recertification:

Exam preparation

Award recipients have the option to select any or all of the designated APIC educational resources below to help prepare for the examination. (Picking a resource is completely optional.) You will specify your choice on the application form.

  • APIC Text Online (one year subscription
  • APIC’s Infection Prevention Certification Review online course (one year subscription)
  • APIC’s Infection Prevention Competency Review Guide, 6th edition 

Exam fee reimbursement

APIC will reimburse testing fees to program participants who pass the CIC® examination. To receive reimbursement, you must submit a copy of your score report or official certificate within 90 days of completing the exam. Both the computer-based examination and the recertification exam (formerly called the SARE) testing methods are eligible for reimbursement.

For more detailed information about the CAA program, including application instructions, please visit the CAA webpage.