The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control 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 carefully paced modules Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice and 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.  

Enrollments for Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control are now open! The October course will commence on 23rd October 2019. 

Students please note, there will be a 1 week orientation period before the modules commence. Two weeks of lower activity are scheduled over Christmas/New Year, but students may work at their own pace through the whole course.  Students are expected to write short 100-200 word discussion points on several of the modules during the course, within broad time frames.  The course will conclude with the submission of the final written assignment on 3rd May 2020.

$1520 for ACIPC Members / $1820 for Non-Members  **** Non-Members are automatically granted ACIPC Membership for the duration of the Membership Year ****

Event and Educational Course Registration and Refund Policy ACIPC has introduced a new Registration and Refund Policy for all College run education events and courses. The full policy can be viewed on the ACIPC Policies page. It is each students responsibility to ensure they have read and understood the policy upon enrolling for ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Payment Plan opportunities ACIPC are offering payment plan options for both ACIPC members and non-members to pay the course cost over 5 or 10 fortnightly payments. Enrol via the link above and select Pay via Payment plan and ACIPC will email you payment options. You can also send an email to for further information. 

Course Assessment Assessments include written assignments, discussion forums and a series of online questionnaires. Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued with a certificate recognising their achievement.

Target Audience This course is designed for professionals working in the areas of health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, office based practice, 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, tattooing and beauty therapy.

This course is designed to be at the AQF8 level. This means that the course is set at a similar level of complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate Certificate/Diploma program. Successful completion of this course will award a Certificate of Completion in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) Course.  While this is not a University awarded Graduate Certificate/Diploma, the ACIPC FIPC course has been recognised by Griffith University and can be credited as part of the infection prevention and control post graduate certificate.   


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.

 “Over 11 organised and considered modules, this course covered all of the key IPC areas that our industry is based on. I am very grateful for ACIPC developing and delivering such a professional course and would recommend anyone wishing to further their IPC career to consider this educational program.”

Kylie Robb, Practice Services Manager, Australian Dental Association NSW Branch
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Graduate 2017
 “This is one course that I can say with hand on heart that I am proud to have done. It was challenging but fair and not impossible for my colleagues as well, who are not clinically trained in any sense. Foundations has something for all-comers and I have already recommended it to a customer of ours.”

Ivan Obreza, Diversey Australia
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Graduate 2018