Volunteer Opportunities

CCI offers many opportunities for current certificants who would like to be involved in the certification community. Volunteers must hold a current or Emeritus CCI credential to be eligible. The volunteer application window is currently closed.  

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Volunteer Position Descriptions 

Test Development Committees

Item Writing Committee: Writers develop exam questions according to the exam blueprint using provided references. Individuals selected for writing items will receive training and materials on how to write a valid, defensible test question. This committee will meet remotely via webinar. Item writers will be given a deadline to return all written questions and any loaned reference textbooks. Time commitment is informed by the results of proceeding activities and is typically between 5-20 hours.

Item Review Committee: The goal of this committee is to review and potentially edit newly written exam questions. Reviewers evaluate a question’s relevance to the exam blueprint, content accuracy, correctness of answers, potential geographic bias, and language clarity. This committee will meet remotely via webinar. Time commitment is informed by the results of proceeding activities and is typically between 5-20 hours.

Standard Setting Committee: Members of this committee critically evaluate new exam forms to determine cut scores that will be used to measure a candidate’s performance. Part of this process entails taking the new form of the exam just as an examinee would. This committee will meet remotely via webinar. Time commitment is roughly 20 hours.

Form Review Committee: Committee members meet to review all exam questions selected for the exam. Such matters as the correctness of answers, prevention of geographic bias, language clarity, reference updates, and appropriateness of items are considered during the form review process. This committee review constitutes an ultimate check and balance to validate the final versions of the examination forms. This committee will meet remotely via webinar. Time commitment is roughly 15-20 hours.

Ad Hoc Committee: This committee is assembled to address specific test development tasks not completed by the routine committees listed. This committee may meet either in person or remotely via webinar. Time commitment is informed by the work needing to be completed but is typically between 5-20 hours.

Quality Assurance Committee: Committee members evaluate the application and effectiveness of CCI's certification program policies and procedures. Members review and examine documentation from various departments within CCI against national accreditation standards and best practices for credentialing programs. Members also provide invaluable feedback on CCI's website functionality and user experience. CCI provides airfare, meals, and hotel accommodations. Time commitment is 1.5 days + travel.

Educational Product Development Committee

Volunteers that participate on the education product development team write practice test items for various uses within CCI. The CCI test prep products (flashcards, practice exam, prep book) require a number of unique practice questions. Participants have the incredible role of helping build the certified perioperative nursing community. Training is provided on item writing to assist in the item writing process. You must hold at least one of the CCI credentials.

CNS-CP Portfolio Peer Reviewer 

CNS-CP Professional Portfolio is CCI’s new mechanism for certifying Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) working in the perioperative setting. The portfolio is based on a project in which the CNS has played a lead role in its design, implementation, and evaluation. This method of certification relies on a peer review of portfolio contents. Peer reviewer evaluations are used to determine the success of the portfolio in meeting core CNS competencies and CCI task and knowledge statements.

The volunteer who serves as a peer reviewer for portfolio submissions will be required to hold expertise -as an advanced practice perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist and must hold an active or Emeritus CNS-CP credential. New peer reviewers will be provided an extensive orientation which includes the use of a standardized rubric to evaluate applicants’ documents. Peer reviewers must have excellent analytical and communication skills, both written and verbal. The ability to access linked files in an electronic storage (e.g., Dropbox) account is required. See application for further details.

Recertification Committee

The Recertification Committee (RC) was developed by CCI to assist in the development of activities for recertification using the professional points method. The purpose of the Recertification Committee includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing educational professional points activities for CCI credential recertification programs through the Learning Activities subgroup;

  • Review educational items submitted to the Learning Activity Review subgroup prior to submission to the CCI approving authority;

  • Deliver educational professional points activities through the CCI Learning Management System (LMS) and LMS Working Group for CCI credential recertification programs;

  • Through these activities, build a comprehensive educational recertification activity bank that will be published and maintained by CCI.