Canadian Infection Prevention and Control Courses


IPAC Canada Sponsored and Endorsed Courses

Sponsored Courses are developed and facilitated by IPAC Canada education experts.

Endorsed Courses refers to the official approval of IPAC Canada indicating that the course has met specific criteria related to content, length, instructors, evaluation and delivery.

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IPAC Canada EndorsedIPAC Canada's Online Novice Infection Prevention and Control Course

The deadline for applications for the next course offering (2015-2016) is March 16, 2015.

This course runs from September to June each year.

Preference for admissionwill be given to novice infection prevention and control professionals (less than 2 years' experience). Applications will also be considered from others working in healthcare and/or exploring opportunities in infection prevention and control.


IPAC Canada EndorsedNon-Acute Care ICP Training Program, Regional Infection Control Networks of Public Health Ontario (PHO-RICN)
(Endorsed 2014-December 2016)

The Non Acute Care Infection Control Training Program is for infection control professionals (ICPs) working in non-acute care settings including: long-term care homes, public health, and community agencies with no previous formal infection prevention and control training. This IPAC-Canada endorsed online course delivers 10 successive modules beginning in September and ending in June, with over 80 hours of course work. Student learning is supplemented with local mentoring and support from the Regional Infection Control Networks (RICNs). Enrolment is limited and applications are required.

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IPAC Canada EndorsedCentennial College Online Infection Control
(Endorsed 2014-April 2017)


Centennial College Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) course is designed for new IPAC Practitioners in a variety of health care facilities and settings such as acute care, community, Public Health, Long Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, First Responders and Support Services. It is taught by experienced professionals who maintain their certification in infection control (CIC). This course is recommended for health care professionals with a health sciences background. Through the use of group work and practical application, students will learn the principles to plan, implement, manage and evaluate IPAC programs in a variety of health care settings. This challenging evidence informed course is offered both onsite and online.

The online course is a facilitated, interactive course which includes recorded presentations from the onsite class. For each day of the ten day onsite course, one week is allotted for the online version which completes within 12 weeks. This makes your time online flexible within the week and individuals can work at his or her own pace.

The onsite classroom course Includes ten full days of interactive activity and is offered every Spring and Fall in Toronto. Our unique in-class course offers face to face networking with fellow students and a faculty who has extensive experience in infection prevention and control. The networking continues after students go home, online.

Materials are available prior to the course start dates. As an added benefit, all students have access to viewing the classroom material for one full year online. The course is 86 hours in duration. All students must take the online exam which is scheduled 3 weeks after the faculty directed learning portion. Then interactive learning (case scenarios) continues online for 3 months.


IPAC Canada EndorsedQueen's University Online Basic Infection Control Course
(Endorsement pending)

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This online course is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of infection prevention and control. This course is highly interactive and uses multimedia technology to present the materials. New infection control professionals in all health care settings, including communicable disease staff working in public health, would benefit from this course.

Topics that will be covered include medical microbiology; clinical epidemiology; disinfection, sterilization and environmental management; surveillance, CQI and outbreak management; infection control program management; community infections; LTC and home care issues; resistant and emerging pathogens; antibiotic utilization and control; occupational infections; adult learning and teaching principles; evidence-based infection control practice.

The general flow of the course is based upon one-, two- or four-week modules. There are 10 modules in total: two are four-week modules, seven are two-week modules, and there is a single one-week module. In order to complete this course, it is necessary for the participants to have basic computer skills. The first module (Computer Skills and Technical Orientation to e-Learning) will address this issue by assessing the electronic skills of the participants. Participants who consider themselves electronically adept may opt to not participate in this part of the first module.

Within each module, there are three broad parts that reflect the type of learning activity and its objectives: knowledge gathering, knowledge practice and knowledge sharing. Knowledge gathering occurs by a wide variety of methods as directed by the instructors of the module: assigned readings, self-directed work books and research, online structured presentations, lectures and tutorials. Knowledge practice involves assigned case studies of infection control problems, short answer questions and online quizzes. In this segment of the block you will work collaboratively within small groups to achieve the learning objectives set out by the module instructor(s). Just as is the case in actual professional practice, working in collaborative groups to solve problems is an important way to achieve goals and resolve problems. Therefore, this course will rely heavily upon small group collaboration in knowledge practice. Group collaboration will occur by e-mail, Internet chat and teleconferences which are all built into the learning environment of this course. Knowledge sharing involves the small groups and the larger whole class to present the results of their assignments, discuss assigned questions and review quizzes. The knowledge sharing will occur in whole-class live teleconferences and web chat and e-mail.

The curriculum of this course has been endorsed by Infection Prevention and Control Canada. Course coordinators are Dick Zoutman, MD, FRCPC (Professor, Departments of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Community Health & Epidemiology, Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, Queen's University) and Jim Gauthier, MLT, CIC (Infection Control Practitioner, Providence Continuing Care Centre, St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, Ontario).


IPAC Canada EndorsedUniversity of British Columbia Infection Prevention and Control Certificate
(Endorsed 2014-December 2016)

The University of British Columbia Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Departments of Pathology and School of Population and Public Health, in conjunction with the Vancouver Hospital Division of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control currently are offering three online infection control courses and a clerkship in clinical infection control. These three-credit university recognized courses may be taken as stand-alone courses or used towards a four-course University of British Columbia Infection Control Certificate and/or towards a Masters in Science, Nursing or Epidemiology with the permission of the individual's appropriate university departments. The courses are highly popular and early registration is recommended.

For additional information, see the UBC website at: 

The course descriptions are as follows:


Other Courses

Michener Institute Online Infection Control and Epidemiology (IC800-1, IC800-2)

This online program will benefit infection control practitioners, nurses, medical laboratory technologists, public health investigators, and professionals in communicable disease control, including physicians, and those preparing for the CBIC certification (CIC) exam.


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) School of Health & Public Safety Infection Prevention and Control (INFC-215)

The chain of infection and methods of prevention and control of microorganisms, including blood borne viruses such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will be reviewed. Immunization, routine practice, additional isolation precautions, sterilization and disinfection, safety and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are also covered.


University of Calgary Online Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Website Information - look for MdSc 649 – Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

The purpose of this online course is to explore the impact of infectious diseases on populations rather than individuals using the principles of epidemiology. In this course, we will examine the basic concepts of infectious diseases epidemiology and explore the determinants and distribution of infection and disease in populations and the factors that influence the frequency, spread and distribution of infectious diseases.

This graduate level course is being offered for credit to any individuals who wish to expand their knowledge in the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. An undergraduate degree is not required to take the course; however, permission from the instructor is required.

This course runs during the Winter semester in alternate years.


University of Calgary Online Course: Research in Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control
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The focus of this online course will be on healthcare epidemiology with particular emphasis on infection control. The underlying theme for this course will emphasize the research aspects of healthcare epidemiology and how the basic research techniques are applied in the healthcare environment. Topics will include surveillance, quantitative and qualitative methods, sampling, survey research methods, behaviour change, developing and assessing education programs and ethical practice.

This course runs during the Winter semester in alternate years.


University of Calgary MSc Program in Hospital Epidemiology

Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Control is an area of applied research that is relatively new. The mandate is translating research into practice through education and consultation with staff, through policy and procedure development. Three inter-related activities are used to improve patient outcomes related to hospital-acquired infections: 1) service (ie. surveillance, outbreak investigation, planning, and consultation), 2) education and 3) research.

This program was developed to draw individuals from 2 content areas (Patient-care practices and health care systems; and 2) Microbiology and infectious diseases) and to provide training in epidemiology, biostatistics and applications of research for these individuals. This will provide common ground on which the knowledge and skills needed by Infection Control Professionals can be further developed and enhanced.