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Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – International

Expression of interest

Use the following button to submit an expression of interest in the Foundations of IPC International. Once submitted you will receive an email when a course becomes available.
This course is for students outside Australia & New Zealand.

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The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – International (Foundations of IPC International) course provides a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as an infection control professional.

With 11 self-paced modules, the course allows participants to apply IPC knowledge to their own practice. Foundations is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P). The program has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules, with a series of self-directed learning units supported by a structured online curriculum. Topics include: environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. This course reflects recent evidence, local and international guidelines and standards.

Overall learning objectives

  • Comprehensively understand the role of the infection prevention and control practitioner and apply this learning in their setting.
  • Understand the application of clinical indicators to IPC practice and apply this knowledge through audit and surveillance activities.
  • Develop and design an infection prevention and control program and a site-specific infection management plan relevant to their setting using a clinical governance framework.
  • Understand the rationale for and apply standard and transmission-based precautions in their setting.
  • Evaluate, review and develop site-specific tools and strategies to aid compliance with evidence-based infection control practice, policies, and guidelines.
  • Critique and apply site-appropriate strategies to support clinician-driven change in organisational behaviour.
  • Initiate and communicate effectively within the interdisciplinary team in the management of infection prevention and control.


The Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control International course (FIPC International) is AUD$1300 per participant.

The College can run the course as a funded course for a specific organisation or government program, where the hosting organisation is funding the participation of the students. A course is run with 25 students to ensure we maximise the support provided to students. Please contact the ACIPC office to enquire about holding a funded course.

The College will also be run courses hosted by the College for individual students. For courses we host, the College will be offering a set number of scholarships for students from lower- and middle-income countries to reduce the course fee. These scholarships are aimed at students who are self-funding their attendance. Details of the available scholarships will be advised for each course to be hosted by the College. Please complete the registration of interest form to indicate you are interested in attending a course hosted by the government. You will be asked your country so we can advise you of scholarships available for upcoming courses.

Course length

The course study is designed to be completed in approximately 80-90 hours. We expect students to allocate 6-8 hours of study per module including answering key questions and completing the quizzes. Students who have not studied recently or where infection prevention and control is a new concept may take longer to complete each module and the assessments. The expected 80-90 hours of study includes preparing, drafting and submitting the final 3000-word assignment.
The course text book Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals (Lee and Bishop 2015) is available to students in hard copy, and as an e book for the duration of the course. A work book is provided as an adjunct to the online content.

Academic integrity

As part of the Foundations of IPC course, students will be required to complete a short module, Academic Integrity Explained. This will take about 20 minutes to complete. The AIE lesson is the first activity in the FIPC course.

Completion date

Each course is spread over approximately 24 weeks and a course deadline is advised. After this date, a student who has not completed the course work and submitted the final assignment whill be deemed to have not passed the course.

Course assessment

The assessments include several online key questions (100-200-word discussion points), 11 quizzes and a 3,000-word written assignment.

Posting to all key questions contributes 20% to the final grade. The quizzes provide up to 20%, e.g. a score or 100% on all 11 quizzes, will gain 20% towards the course total. For assessment 3, the final assignment, which contributes 60% to the course total, a minimum of 50% is required to pass the course overall.

Students and their employers should consider the course level (AQF8), the student’s IPC and academic experience, and the employer’s capacity to support a student, for example with paid study leave, when considering if a student will be able to complete the course before the designated deadline.

CPD hours

The College recommends completion of the Foundation course as 80 hours of CPD

Course facilitator

Each course has a facilitator that will be able to assist you with questions regarding the course material, provide direction and updates, and will review a draft of your final assignment and provide feedback. The question and answer Forum in Moodle encourages engagement with the facilitator and other students. Whilst we encourage students to use the Moodle platform, we understand that sometimes a student will need to contact their facilitator directly and contact details will be provided.

Target audience

This course is designed for professionals working in the areas of health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, residential aged care, community health and health policy. This course will also benefit professionals who work in environments that require infection prevention and control strategies to be implemented such as veterinary practice.

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control modules

1. Introductory concepts in infection prevention and control: microbiology, immunology and epidemiology
2. Exploring the concepts and science of HAI prevention: hand hygiene, standard and transmission-based precautions
3. Surveillance and audit: concepts and application
4. Cleaning, decontamination and sterilisation: environmental hygiene & management of reusable devices
5. Outbreak management: communicable disease notifications
6. Multi-resistant organisms: antimicrobial stewardship
7. Aseptic technique and invasive devices: management and evaluation
8. Clinical governance – responding to standards and guidance
9. Theories of leadership and motivation: professional issues
10. Employee health: vaccination, sharps safety, pregnancy. Blood and body fluid exposure response and management
11. Practice specific settings: aged care, haemodialysis, invasive procedure settings, the built environment.

Pathways after completing Foundations

The Foundations of IPC course is designed at AQF8 level to ensure that graduates are given a pathway to achieving ACIPC credentialling and may consider further post-graduate study.

Recognised prior learning (RPL) for completing Foundations

Each University applies recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit to their programs in slightly different ways. When enrolling in a university postgraduate graduate certificate or diploma, FIPC graduates may apply for credit for completing the Foundations of IPC. The College will provide a certificate of completion and academic transcript, which can be used as evidence for your University application and these documents will include the learning objectives, assessments and hours of learning.

Terms and conditions

Please read ACIPC’s standard terms and conditions. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure they have read and understood the terms and conditions before enrolling for ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.


Q. What do I need to complete the course?
A. You will need a reliable computer and internet connection to access the online material and to write your assignment. You will also need a good internet connection to enable you to access the online material. Some computers internal speakers aren’t great quality, so some plug-in speakers or a set of headphones might assist in listening to lectures. This is often an inexpensive item.
Q. Do I need to purchase any textbooks?
A. No, you are not required to purchase any textbooks. All the materials that you need are found online, or in the Workbook This includes online notes, readings, articles, lectures and activities.
Q. I haven’t studied for a long time; will the College assist me?
A. The College will provide guidelines, instructions and feedback to help you gain the skills required. However, we won’t teach you how to write essays or how to use the internet. We include resources for academic assignment writing.
Q. Can I go on holiday or can I take leave during my study?
A. As an adult learner, it is your responsibility to keep up to date with weekly activities and assessment deadlines. The course facilitator or administration will not chase you if you do not complete activities or assessment. As the material is available online and designed as self-directed modules you can set your own pace. This generally means that students who regularly complete modules and the assessments during the course, can factor in short breaks during the course.
Q. What if I get sick or feel overwhelmed with study?
A. If you become unwell or feel overwhelmed during assessment time you should contact your facilitator in the first instance, or can contact the education manager to apply for an extension by emailing The education manager will make reasonable adjustments to assessment deadlines. However, in some situations this will may not be possible if the request is outside of the course timeframe.
Q. Who will be able to support me with course material?
A. Your course facilitator will be able to assist you with questions regarding the course material. Use the question and answer forum within the communication section in Moodle to communicate with your facilitator. Other students within the course will be able to see your question and the facilitator’s answer. Your facilitator will have posted their email address within your course. Whilst we encourage students to use the Q&A function, we understand that sometimes students will need to contact a facilitator directly. The office team cannot assist you with course material.
Q. Can my staff get recognised prior learning?
A. Prior learning will potentially reduce the time required for a student to complete the course. A student with prior learning in other higher-level courses and IPC specific courses could move through the whole course quicker and complete the final assessment essay. It would not mean they could skip certain modules though, so there isn’t recognition of prior learning (RPL). The course needs to be completed as a whole.
Q. How do I support my staff/students?
A. It is critical employers engage directly with their employees/students over the duration of the Foundations of IPC – International course. The support required by individual students will vary. We recommend once students have accessed the course and begin working on the modules, employers liaise with individual students to assess their personal requirements.
The course is delivered and assessed at an AQF8 level. Each course has a facilitator and students who will facilitate the students’ learning and will engage with that person on course content, material and assessment. As the course is self-paced, different students may progress through individual modules at different rates.


If you have any questions, please email for more information.