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 recommend ACIPC Credentialling to you.

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank CICP-E   President   ACIPC            

Dr Deborough Macbeth CICP-E   Chair, Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee

To view a full list of who is currently credentialled with ACIPC, click the link below. 

ACIPC's Credentialled ICPs

If you are interested in being Credentialled or Re-credentialled with ACIPC, download the Guides below. 

Downloadable Brochures
Apply for Credentiallling
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ACIPCs Credentialling Framework

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.

Approved Courses

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

Credentialling webinar presented by Deborough Macbeth

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

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

General Resources / Contacts

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