CAIP Launch Announcement

Infection Preventionist Credential Now Available for Health Care Professionals in Ambulatory Surgery Centers


Alexandria, VA — The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) announces the launch of the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist™ (CAIP™) credential.

CAIP is the first certification designed specifically for infection preventionists who work in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Development and launch of the new credential has been several years in the making, says Gina Throneberry, RN, CASC, executive director of BASC.

“Considering the high priority placed on infection prevention in the ASC setting, BASC decided that it would be worthwhile to create a credential to help ASC professionals demonstrate their expertise in this area and commitment to remaining current on best practices in infection prevention and control,” she says.

To earn the CAIP credential, candidates must meet the requirements outlined in the CAIP Handbook. They must also pass a 150-question, multiple-choice exam. That exam covers five sections that test infection prevention and control knowledge in areas including program development and implementation, education and training, surveillance and data collection, and instrument and equipment cleaning and disinfection.

The first CAIP exam, an online test, will be held October 1–31. Individuals interested in taking the first exam must register to take the test between August 1–31.

“We’re excited to offer this credential to ASC professionals,” Throneberry adds. “As the industry learns about CAIP, BASC hopes individual ASCs will support those infection preventionists who are interested in pursuing and earning this credential. Doing so will further demonstrate their commitment to complying with the extensive regulatory standards that apply to ASCs in this area and, more importantly, to providing the gold standard of care patients expect to receive at ASCs.”

To learn more about the CAIP credential, visit the CAIP website at www.aboutcaip.org.

CAIP is the second certification program for the ASC industry. BASC first awarded the other ASC credential—the Certified Administrator Surgery Center™ (CASC™) credential—in 2002.