Infection Prevention and Control

Preventing the spread of infection is a constant in all healthcare, community sector and workplace settings.

This course is designed to prevent and control the spread of infection through effective education and training. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course learners will:

  • Be able to identify sources of infections.
  • Understand the various ways that infections may be transmitted.
  • Understand the chain of infection and how it helps us identify effective ways to control risks.
  • Be fully aware of what preventative measures and remedial actions help prevent infections from transmitting.
  • Understand the principles of good waste management different hygiene levels of Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilisation

The course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to help prevent and control infection within their relevant working environment.

Course Content

Unit 1: Understanding and Terminology

  • Learn about and understand the terms germ, microbe, pathogen
  • Know about and be able to identify the sources of infection
  • Identify the main pathogens which pose a threat
  • Learn about the transmission and growth of infection
  • Understand what MRSA is and how it develops and how to prevent infection

Unit 2: Principles of Control

  • Understand the principles of infection control
  • Learn about the chain of infection
  • Know the routes of entry
  • Know the difference between resident and transient organisms & direct and indirect contact
  • Know the potential sources of infection

Unit 3: Precautions, Competence and Hygiene

  • Learn to apply the universal precautions
  • Understand the principles of good hand hygiene to include efficient hand washing, the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care
  • Be competent to apply the principles of waste disposal, cleaning spillages, clean-up kit, and exposure to contamination, protective equipment, cleaning activities, and further hygiene tips.
  • Understand the principles of good hand hygiene to include efficient hand washing, the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care

Unit 4: Procedures, Standards and Management

  • Be competent to work with cleaning, disinfection and sterilization procedures to include cleaning standards, procedures while paying special attention to decontamination of equipment, including patient care equipment.

  • Apply appropriate management of blood and body fluid

Raising awareness around the importance infection prevention and control is vital when working frontline and/or in a client facing role, understanding what infection control means and its importance of good hygienic practices in everyday practice is vital in maintaining standards and providing safe environments for our staff and clients.

infection prevention training ireland

This course aims to educate the learner on healthcare-associated infections and developed an understanding of their roles and responsibilities in preventing the spread of infectious disease. 

Our IPC course covers Hand Hygiene including a practical session on how to wash one’s hands as set out by (SARI) regulations for each of the learners.

It is recommended that all staff are regularly trained to ensure learners are working according to best practice and compliance with health and safety regulations are met. 

This IPC course is for anyone working in healthcare, childcare, homecare and/or any career where infection control is required.


Who should complete the training course? 

The course is suitable for employees of all levels where their job involves the control or management of infection control

How long is the certification valid for?

The certificate is valid for 2 years

How will I be assessed?

On completion of the course students are required to complete an end of course learners assessment and complete a demonstration and assessment of hand washing techniques.

Benefits of Infection Prevention Training

Everyone has a role to play in the prevention control of infections. on completion of this course, Learners will have developed an understanding of how infections can spread, and their roles and responsibilities to prevent this.

Infection prevention and control training also look at the importance various personal protective equipment required in different settings and the importance for good hand hygiene upon completion all learners should be fully competent to implement good hygiene standards across a variety of workplace and homecare settings.