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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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SPONSORED BY IPAC CANADA. Next program review 2022.

IPAC Canada EndorsedOnline Essentials in Infection Prevention and Control Course. Registration for the 2021-22 session is now open at the link below.

Beginning in 2021 there will be two intakes offered for this course - a Regular Program, which runs from September to June each year, and a new 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 ICP responsibilities. Documented support from your employer is required due to the nature of the course and time commitment required.


IPAC Canada EndorsedCentennial College Onsite and Online Infection Control
(Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2019-2021)



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 offered in Spring each year, 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 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 90 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
Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2019-2021


This course has recently been redesigned to update the Infection Prevention and Control content and reflects current pedagogical strategies.  The curriculum is  based on the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology's (CBIC) Examination Content Outline, available at:


  • Life-long Learning: Principles of Adult Learning
  • Evidence-based Medical & Literature Searching
  • Infectious Diseases Processes-Clinical Microbiology
  • Routine Practices and Added Precautions
  • Disinfection, Sterilization, Re-processing and Construction
  • Epidemiologic Investigation and Surveillance
  • Epidemiology of Health Care Acquired Infections
  • Employee and Occupational Health
  • Public Health and Education
  • Management and Communications in Infection Prevention and Control


This  Infection Prevention and Control  course is an on-line interactive program for health professionals who are new to the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) or are about to enter into the practice of Infection Prevention and Control. We  suggest  that course registrants have obtained one of the following: RN, BSc or MLT.  Other degrees or training will be considered, but first choice will be given to those working in Infection Prevention and Control.

The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control and to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for managing the prevention and control of infections and disease.

IPAC Canada EndorsedUniversity of British Columbia Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Endorsed by IPAC Canada 2021-2023

Information   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: