ACIPC Credentialling

Credentialling has been with the College and our predecessor associations now for decades, and it has stood us in very good stead. We were early adopters of credentialling as a professional group, and the current credentialling process has served us well for many years by identifying and recognising experts in our field. But times change, and along with it do the demands of everyday practice. Fundamental to the College’s work is to establish and articulate professional pathways and standards for practice to manage our changing environment.

The ACIPC Credentialling Framework builds on the College’s longstanding and successful credentialling framework and provides a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline. Our new three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training together with peer review.

Importantly, the ACIPC Credentialling Framework is for everyone. A key underpinning philosophy of this change is to provide a career pathway for infection control professionals within a formal credentialling framework that is open to everyone working in infection control. More than three-quarters of College members work part-time in infection control, or have infection control as one element of a broader professional role. It is the view of the Board and the Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee that the College must afford all members with professional practice pathways and frameworks that support and recognise the vital role we all play. And that is what we have done. Whether you are new to the profession or have been practising for some time, there is now something for everyone in the ACIPC Credentialling Framework. 

Within this website you will find a range of resources to guide your application for credentialling with the College.

We commend ACIPC Credentialling to you.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E                   Dr Deborough Macbeth CICP-E
President                                                                  Chair, Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee

View the ACIPC Position Statement Credentialling for IPC Professionals

Apply for Credentialling 1
Framework 2
General Resources / Contacts 3
Approved Courses 4

The credentialling process involves an assessment of your experience, qualifications and practice by the Credentialling and Professional Standards (CAPS) Committee. Detailed information about the processes and what is required to be submitted is outlined in the application packages and forms at the links below. Credentialling fees are Primary – $100, Advanced – $150, Expert – $200, Re-credentialling – $150. We will send you an invoice after receiving your completed application. Please email admin@acipc.org.au with any questions. 

ACIPC Credentialling Application Package

ACIPC Credentialling Application Package

ACIPC Credentialling Forms

Form 1 Application Form and Declaration

Form 2 CICP-Primary Peer Review Submission Form

Form 3 CICP-Primary Marking Guide

Form 4 CICP-Advanced Peer Review Submission Form

Form 5 CICP-Advanced Marking Guide

Form 6 CIPC-Expert Peer Review Submission Form

Form 7 CICP-Expert Marking Guide

Form 8A – CICP Primary Application Checklist

Form 8B – CICP Advanced Application Checklist

Form 8C – CICP Expert Application Checklist

ACIPC Re-credentialling Package

Re-credentialling Application Package

Re-credentialling Application Form

Re-credentialling Peer Review Form

Credentialling is a self-regulatory process instituted by the College as a professional body to determine and acknowledge that an individual has demonstrated the prescribed competence of the relevant specialist role in infection prevention in control. In this way, credentialling:

  • designates specialist or advanced expertise;
  • informs consumers;
  • establishes practice standards;
  • promotes career advancement;
  • identifies a community of experts;
  • contributes to qualifications for independent practice;
  • enhances the quality of care provided; and
  • assists employers to manage risk. 

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Credentialling Framework comprises of three levels:

Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-P)

The Primary CICP demonstrates the knowledge, attributes and behaviours in infection control at a basic level. They have participatory responsibility for infection control in their setting. They defer to the expertise of an Advanced or Expert ICP and/or fulfil some infection control responsibility in accordance with specific legislation and standards of practice. This may include hand hygiene auditing, acting as a link nurse, or a person who is involved in reprocessing reusable equipment. It is expected that they will routinely practice in accordance with relevant guidelines and the best available evidence, and actively seek the advice of Advanced and Expert CICPs in applying core principles to new, unfamiliar or challenging circumstances. 

Advanced Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-A)

The Advanced CICP demonstrates the knowledge, attributes and behaviours in infection control at an advanced level. They have leadership responsibility for one or more elements of an infection control program in their setting. They would defer to an Expert ICP for guidance and oversight in co-ordinating an entire program. It is expected that they will act as role models to Primary ICPs and practise in accordance with relevant guidelines and the best available evidence, and actively seek the advice of Expert CICPs in applying core principles to new, unfamiliar or challenging circumstances.

Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-E)

The Expert CICP demonstrates the knowledge, attributes and behaviours at an expert level. They plan, implement, review and evaluate comprehensive infection control programs. They take a leadership role in terms of research and knowledge generation and contribute to the evolution of the discipline of infection control. They act as role model and mentor to Primary and Advanced ICPs and in accordance with relevant guidelines and the best available evidence, and work collaboratively with other Expert CICPs in applying core principles to challenging circumstances and generating new evidence for practice.

Click here to download the ACIPC Credentialling Brochure.

Reflective Practice 

Reflective practice is a deliberate, orderly and structured intellectual activity, that allows the individual to process their experience and explore their understanding of what they are doing, why they are doing it, and the impact it has on themselves and others. It is a component of the ACIPC credentialling process. The College has produced a webinar produced to assist members to understand reflective practice and develop reflective narratives in support of their credentialing application.

Reflective Practice webinar – how to step-by-step guide
by Dr Deborough Macbeth 

For general enquiries or information about application procedures, please contact:

The Secretariat

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

Telephone:           +61 3 6281 9239

Email:                   admin@acipc.org.au

For information about application standards or assessments, please contact:

The Chair

Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

Telephone:           +61 3 6281 9239

Email:                   credentialling@acipc.org.au  
Level of Credentialling
Approved Education Course
Primary CICP
ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
Primary CICP
ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
 Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, Griffith UniversityA
Advanced CICP
Graduate Diploma of Infection Prevention and Control, University of Adelaide, Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, Griffith University, Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing), University of Adelaide 
Expert CICP
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A = this qualification meets and exceeds the education requirement of the level of credentialling

VIEW A LIST OF ACIPC CREDENTIALLED ICPS

Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee 

The Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee (CAPS) is responsible to the ACIPC Board for the development and promulgations of professional practice standards for infection prevention and control across Australasia and the setting of standards and frameworks for credentialling of infection control professionals. The Committee is responsible for assessing applicants for credentialling and makes recommendation to the ACIPC Board on the outcomes of these assessments. In addition, the Committee provides direction, guidance and advice on the role and scope of practice of infection control professionals and the wider discipline.

Meet the Committee