Foundations of IPC


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The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (Foundations of IPC) 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, Foundations allows participants to apply 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, guidelines and standards.

Overall Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this Course, students should be able to:

  • 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 their 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.


  • $1520 for ACIPC Members
  • $1820 for Non-Members

Course Length

The course study is designed to be completed in approximately 80 hours. We expect students to allocate 8 – 10 hours of study per module including answering Key Questions and completing the Quizzes. Students who have not studied in a long time or where infection prevention and control is a new concept may take longer to complete each modules and the assessments. The expected 80 hours of study does not include preparing, drafting and submitting the final 3000-word assignment.

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 will be deemed to have not passed the course.

Course Delivery – Moodle

The course is delivered online on ACIPC’s Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle. You will be emailed instructions on how to access Moodle after you have booked and the “Welcome and Introduction” section outlines course delivery and assessment in detail.

Accelerated Delivery

Due to the impact of COVID, the College has taken the decision to make all course material available from the first week of the course. This will allow the course to be completed before the designated course deadline for some students. The capacity to complete the course early will depend on an individual student’s prior IPC knowledge and experience, their recent academic and assignment writing experience, and the support provided by their employer.

Students and their employers should considered the course level (AQF8), the student’s IPC and academic experience, and the employers 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.

Course Level – AQF8

The Foundations of IPC course is designed at the AQF8 level, which means the course meets the complexity and expertise expected within a postgraduate Graduate Certificate or Diploma.

Certificate of Completion

Participants who successfully complete the Foundations of IPC course will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and Acadmic Transcript recognising their achievement.

Course Assessment

The assessments includes a series of 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 your final grade. The quizzes provide up to 30%, e.g. if you score 100% on all 11 quizzes, you will receive 30% to your final grade. For the third assessment, the final assignment, you require a minimum of 50% to pass the course overall.

CPD Hours

The College recommends completing the Foundation course is designated as 80 hours of CPD.

Course Facilitator

Each course has a facilitator will be able to assist you with questions regarding the course material, provide direction and updates, and will review a draft of your assignment and provide feedback. You will use the Question and Answer Forum in Moodle to engage with your 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 and the role of the laboratory, immunology.
    2. Exploring the concepts and science of HAI prevention: Hand hygiene, standard and transmission-based precautions.
    3. Surveillance and epidemiology: 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. International and Australian oversight of infection prevention and control strategies: 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.

Pathways after Completing Foundations

The Foundations 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 RPL and credit to their programs in slightly different ways. When enrolling in a university postgraduate Graduate Certificate or Diploma, applying for credit for completing Foundations of IPC is a student’s responsibility. The College will provide you with 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.

Foundations has been recognised by Griffith University and course graduates can apply for credit against 8847NRS Contemporary Infection Prevention Practices.

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 assignments. 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. However, for those that work as an Infection Control Professional you may find the recommended text very beneficial to your daily practice. All the materials that you need are found online. This includes online notes, readings, articles, lectures and activities

Q. I haven’t studied for a long time; will the College help me learn?
A. The College will provide guidelines, instructions and feedback to help you learn the skills needed to become a PICP. However, we won’t be teaching you how to write essays or how to use the internet. We also include some 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 can contact the education officer to apply for an extension by emailing The education officer will make reasonable adjustments to assessment deadlines. However, in some situations this will not be possible if the request is outside of the course timeframe.