What is CICTI?
CICTI is referred to as Construction Infection Control Training Institute.
CICTI was founded in 2012 by James (JJ) Jenkins. JJ is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has been the Owner of Jenkins Risk Management, LLC since 2007. He has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the Evergreen State College. Then completed the MSPH (Masters of Science in Public Health) Program in Industrial Hygiene at the University of South Carolina.
Jenkins Risk Management (JRM) provides infection control, industrial hygiene and life safety consulting services nationwide to many people. They work as Healthcare Owners, Architects, Engineers, General Contractors, Construction Managers and various Subcontractors.
JRM also provides indoor air quality, human resources, utility shutdown and emergency response. They aim to support events related to the healthcare functional environment. JRM’s expertise has been honed through supporting hundreds of healthcare projects. These range from Owner-internally executed to those executed by 14 of the top 20 healthcare GC’s in the country.
“CICTI was set up to provide high-quality, cost-effective, hands-on, comprehensive, infection prevention and control training for complex health care facilities”. Says Mike O’Brien, President and CEO of CFACT.
The CICTI‘s mission is to offer competent and professional technicians to the construction industry. Through its acquisition of the highest quality generic protocols and clinical and physical examination programs, the organization works to ensure the best available healthcare services to its accredited and qualified jobholders.
To achieve this goal, the organization requires its contractors to complete both a basic certification training program and a specialty training program. Furthermore, the organization requires its contractors to complete and successfully complete the specialized exam that covers the specific topics that are reviewed during the CIT training courses.
CICTI’s training facility is located in Fort Mill, SC, 14 miles from Charlotte’s Airport. CICTI also conducts many onsite courses nationwide. To date, CICTI has trained and certified thousands of people nationwide in hopes of facilitating a safer Environment of Care for patients, staff, and hospital operations and effectively managed risk for vested parties during construction, maintenance and emergency response scenarios. As well as disease-specific training, employers also gain the relevant knowledge required for them to assess and manage risks when working with people suffering from certain conditions.
The Construction Risk Assessment and Control (CRAC) Academy was established to offer independent, expert training in the highly specialized field of construction assessment & control. This article focuses on two of the training programs offered at CICTI. They are the CRAC Program and the Construction Safety Management System (CSMS). This is a brief overview of both courses.
Construction Safety Management System (CSMS)
“The Construction Safety Management System (CSMS) program was developed to certify employees. Those who have undergone accredited CICTI training to perform specific tasks related to elevator occupant and structural load assessments and occupant and structure stability management for multi-level buildings, multi-room or multi-station structures.” The main goal of the program is to assist in the safe operation and maintenance of multi-level buildings and multi-room or multi-station structures in North America.
In addition, the program helps reduce labor costs for employers by ensuring safe work practices and consistent workplace performance. CICTA certification is also required for all personnel who are employed where the potential for harm or injury exists. Employees who obtain the CICTA certification are also expected to be aware of the Health and Safety Administration (HSE) guidelines on worker safety and health at work. The certification also demonstrates to employers that employees have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete projects and perform their duties.
Construction Risk Assessment and Control (CRAC)
“The Construction Risk Assessment and Control (CRAC) program was established to provide independent, expert training in the highly specialized field of construction risk assessment & control. The academy provides online training in six areas of expertise: human factors; structural analysis and design; environmental assessment & mitigation; biohazard analysis & remediation; occupational health & safety and health administration.
CICTI design the curriculum to prepare students to assess and prevent construction accidents and hazards. These situations can occur within healthcare facilities and other building structures. The program aims to develop and train employees in the use of standard computer-aided design (CAD) tools and methodologies, along with general safety knowledge and application.
Requirements of training for infection prevention specialists
Training for infection prevention specialists requires that candidates understand the basic principles of public health and be able to conduct a simple risk assessment while assisting healthcare workers with high-level contamination cases. The assessment uses laboratory techniques like genomics, molecular biology and epidemiology, along with the hands-on application of CIT training materials. Successful candidates will be able to work with industry partners, CDCs and other agencies. This helps to ensure that safe practices are implemented throughout the construction project.
When applying for and completing CICTI certification programs, candidates are assessed on a variety of professional competencies. Candidates need to demonstrate that they have a comprehensive understanding of disease-specific training requirements for Infection Control Technicians (ECT’s) and how to use the existing CMIT training resources effectively. They need to be experienced in supporting hundreds of projects in all types of industries across the nation, as well as nationally and internationally.
Candidates must also have a strong knowledge of infection control practices, so they are familiar with methods such as isolating patients and providing daily care during contaminated environments. Lastly, they must have experience supporting hundreds of healthcare projects on a national and international level.
The exam measures an individual’s knowledge of all the contents of the standard CIT courses. In addition, it requires an individual to demonstrate their knowledge of the practical aspects of infection control that are specific to their line of work.
Candidates who successfully pass the exam become eligible for certification at the workplace. They may be eligible to take a proficiency testing course that focuses on the most important areas of infection control.
CICTI trainers have extensive experience supporting hundreds of healthcare projects nationwide. They are not professors but are professionals. Our trainers have experience supporting Owners, Designers, and Contractors. CICTI has a holistic view of the objectives, needs, and perspectives of the array of entities involved in complex healthcare projects. If you want to get this, find a local CICTI-certificated contractor near you here.