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Canadian Infection Prevention and Control Courses

IPAC Canada Sponsored, Acknowledged 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. Information for schools relating to endorsement

Acknowledged Courses
Acknowledgement of IPAC-related courses can be provided to a course that does not meet the criteria specified in Policy 10.80 with respect to depth and breadth of content, length, evaluation, instructors and/or delivery but addresses relevant and important topics determined to be of value to Infection Control Professionals.  For more information, see https://ipac-canada.org/ipac-canada-endorsement-procedure

NEW! IPAC Canada Long Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Course

This hybrid online and in-person course will offer intensive training for IPAC professionals, focusing on Long Term Care. It is designed to prepare you for the LTC-CIP certification, a requirement for LTC Infection Control Practitioners in Ontario by the end of April 2025. Although this regulatory requirement is specific to Ontario, the skills and knowledge gained from this course will be valuable for professionals in all provinces.

The online component will start September 1, 2024, followed by a 3-day intensive in-person component to be held October 18th through 20th in Toronto. Register now!

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Program Review completed - 2024-2026

IPAC Canada EndorsedOnline Essentials in Infection Prevention and Control Course  

Two intakes are offered for this course - a Regular Program, which runs from September to June each year, and an Accelerated Program, which is a condensed 5-month version of the Regular Program, running from April to August.

Preference for admission to the Regular Program will be given to novice infection prevention and control professionals (less than 2 years' experience). Applications will also be considered from others working in health care and/or exploring opportunities in infection prevention and control. Preference for admission to the new Accelerated Program will be given to those currently working in an infection prevention and control role, or having IPAC responsibilities. Documented support from your employer is required due to the nature of the course and time commitment required.


IPAC Canada Endorsed

Centennial College Onsite and Online Infection Control

(Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2022 - 2024)

Centennial College course page.

Centennial College Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) online courses

PI-100: Infection Prevention and Control (course begins May 8, 2023)
This 90-hour hybrid online learning experience offers an up to date, comprehensive and evidence-based course covering basic and intermediate IPAC principles. All instructors and Program Coordinator are certified in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) and use a combination of video lectures, discussion boards, live sessions, quizzes, group and individual work to help prepare students for a successful career in IPAC and for writing the CIC exam.

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The course takes between six to nine months to complete and consists of three components:

  1. Lectures, Discussion Boards, and Live Seminars (approximate duration of three months)
  2. Knowledge Check and Assignments (approximate duration of two months)
  3. Final Exam (up to three months to write)

For more information, contact healthstudies.pt@centennialcollege.ca


IPAC Canada and Queen’s University partner on Canada’s First Master’s-Level Training Program in Infection Prevention and Control

Queen's University Master's of Public Health (IPAC Track)
Media Release - February 7, 2022  

February 7, 2022  – IPAC Canada and Queen’s University have partnered to provide specialized training in infection prevention and control (IPAC) through a new IPAC track in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

COVID-19 has demonstrated the clear need for health professionals with expertise in infection prevention and control (IPAC). This knowledge can be the difference in preventing or stopping the spread of infections in healthcare and workplace settings.

The new IPAC track launched in January 2022 as part of the Queen’s MPH program. It delivers specialty training that provides students with the technical expertise and leadership to keep patients, employees and the public safe. View full press release.

More information here: https://phs.queensu.ca/programs-courses/degree-programs/master-public-health/ipac

IPAC Canada EndorsedQueen's University Infection Prevention & Control Online Professional Development Course

Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2019-2021, 2022-2024.

Join us on a comprehensive 18-week online program for healthcare professionals entering or transitioning to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). Immerse yourself in content designed to introduce you to the nuances of IPAC, empowering you with the knowledge and skills
needed to excel in preventing and controlling infections and diseases.

Course Details:

  • Flexible Learning: Delivered through 12 interactive online modules, this course blends asynchronous learning and interactive live sessions, allowing participants to effortlessly weave their learning into their unique schedules.
  • Real-World Expertise: Learn from seasoned experts who are actively engaged in the IPAC field, helping you bridge theory and real-world practice.
  • Practical Application: Through participation in interactive scenario assignments, learners will apply IPAC principles to real-world situations.
  • Comprehensive Resource Access: Gain access to a wealth of resources including up-to-date research, best practices in infection control, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) text.
  • Aligned with Certification in Infection Control Exam Content: The curriculum is based on the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology's (CBIC) Examination Content Outline, available on the CBIC website
  • Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association for 90 credits.

Who is encouraged to apply?

  • Learners who have obtained one of the following: RN, RPN, BSc, MD, CRT/RRT, MLT or equivalent.
  • Learners who possess credentials in the fields of: Public Health, Dental Care, Long-term Care, Environmental Services, Paramedic Operations, and Occupational Health and Safety.
  • A combination of educational background and work experience will be considered.

For more details, visit the course website or contact the program coordinator at queensic@queensu.ca.

IPAC Canada EndorsedUniversity of British Columbia Infection Prevention and Control Certificate 

Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2024-2026

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. The course descriptions are as follows:

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IPAC Canada EndorsedBay River College Infection Prevention and Control Program                                                 

Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2021-2024

Bay River College’s 16-week Infection Prevention and Control Program is an online-based interactive program, endorsed by IPAC Canada. This program is designed for front-line health care workers, and or health professionals who are looking to enter the field of Infection Prevention and Control. The ultimate learning goals for this course are to increase student’s theoretical knowledge and to establish practical skills to prevent infections and diseases and solve real healthcare problems.

The Infection Prevention and Control Program is a facilitated, asynchronous, and self-determined program that gives the schedule flexibility for students to progress and complete the training in the allotted time at their own pace. By providing and utilizing industry-related theories, students will learn and be equipped with the principles of planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating infection and prevention control in all Canadian health care settings.

The course is available for students to register: 

  • Winter: January – April
  • Summer: May – August
  • Fall: September- December

Interested applicants can request detail about the program (course, program structure, curriculum, and important dates) by emailing at admissions@bayrivercolleges.ca or book an appointment with our admission advisors by calling at 403-457-6400.

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Bay River College - C.N.A. Accreditation



IPAC Acknowledged

Centennial College: Preventing and Controlling Infections in Non-Acute Care Settings

PI-500: Preventing and Controlling Infections in Non-Acute Care Settings (course begins May 15, 2023)
This 28-hour asynchronous online learning experience offers an up to date beginner's guide to IPAC principles for Long-Term Care, Retirement Homes, and other non-acute care settings. All of our instructors and Program Coordinator are CIC certified and use discussion board-driven dialogue to prepare students entering the exciting field of Infection Prevention and Control!

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