Infection Prevention and Control – Online Learning

Looking to build or expand your knowledge in IPAC best practices? Public Health Ontario has a variety of education resources targeted at different health care settings and practices available through our Learning Management System (LMS) or through our website. Check out our learning resources on IPAC core competencies and reprocessing, as well as specialized knowledge for different environments, including hospitals, long-term care homes, and community health care settings. The target audience for each course or resource is indicated in the list below to help you determine which is most relevant to you. For more information about IPAC learning, contact ipac@oahpp.ca

Learning Management System Courses

Accessing courses on our LMS

  1. Our learning management system (LMS) hosts many of the IPAC education modules. In order to access these modules, you must have a My PHO account and be logged in.

  2. Once you have a My PHO account, please click the Launch the LMS button below.

Here, you will find enrolment information, a list of our courses, their descriptions and requirements, and information for downloading courses. Users may have to type the course name into the LMS search box to find the modules. Please note that you must have either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome installed to use the LMS. If you require technical support, please email lms@oahpp.ca.

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IPAC For Health Care Workers

IPAC Core Competencies are basic skills and knowledge all Ontario health care workers need to have. This course will help learners improve their IPAC knowledge to help decrease the risk of transmission of infection in health care. This information can help protect workers, their clients/patients/residents, and co-workers from infections, regardless of their role, position, education and experience.

Target audience: These courses are intended for all health care workers in all health care settings.
Course duration: 10-15 minutes per module
Modules: 7 (Please note that there are four versions of module 7, Personal Risk Assessment. You are only required to complete the module that aligns with your health care setting.)
Certificate of completion: Yes, after completion of the test at the end of each module. Users must score 100% on each test to receive the certificate for that module.
Technical requirements: Speakers or headphones required for audio component.
Resources: Resources for Trainers
Instructions: Please copy and paste “IPAC Core Competencies” into the LMS search engine once you login or browse the course catalogue.

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Reprocessing in Community Health Care settings

Following best practices in cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical equipment and devices helps prevent the transmission of infection to health care workers, health care providers, their clients and their patients. This course provides you with knowledge of:

  • general concepts in reprocessing
  • basic knowledge and skills for safely reprocessing reusable medical equipment/devices
  • knowledge related to the importance of following best practices and the consequences of inadequate reprocessing
  • best practices in reprocessing

Target audience:  Health care providers who reprocess reusable medical equipment/devices in community settings such as clinics, clinical office practice settings, family health teams, community health care centres and other community health care settings. 
Course duration: 2 to 4 hours
Modules: 9
Certificate of completion: Yes, after completion of test at the end of each module. Users must score 100% on each test to receive the certificate for that module.
Technical requirements: Speakers or headphones required for audio component.
Instructions: Please copy and paste “Reprocessing into the LMS search engine once you login.

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Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) Case Scenarios

Each scenario provides an opportunity for learners to enhance their understanding of CDI surveillance and outbreak management and apply knowledge to complex CDI situations in daily practice. This includes applying the case definition, correctly classifying cases, identifying follow up actions and reporting cases appropriately according to provincial requirements.

Target audience: Infection Control Professionals and health care providers who identify and manage CDI cases and outbreaks in Ontario hospitals
Course duration: Each scenario takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Scenarios: 5
Certificate of completion: No
Technical requirements: Speakers or headphones required for audio component.
Instructions: Please copy and paste CDI into the LMS search engine once you login.

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Webinars and Other Training Resources

Infection Prevention and Control Fundamentals for People Receiving Care and Their Families

This webinar provides basic infection prevention and control measures for people who are visiting residents who live in congregate settings. It covers hand washing, masking and personal protective equipment, along with links to related resources. Because information about COVID-19 is continually evolving, this webinar also provides participants with information on how to find trustworthy, up-to-date online sources and help with navigating websites. 

Target audience: Families and other visitors to residents in congregate living settings 
Presentations: 1
Certificate of completion: No
Technical requirements: Speakers or headphones required for audio component.

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Orientation for IPAC Leads in Long-Term Care

New or experienced IPAC Leads in Long-Term Care homes can use these resources as a guide to build the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in their role. In addition to six webinar-style presentations, PHO has developed an IPAC guide and a checklist for professional development activities and key resources.

Target audience:  IPAC Leads in Long-Term Care homes
Presentations: 6
Certificate of completion: No
Technical requirements: Speakers or headphones required for audio component.

Visit the Orientation for IPAC Leads in Long-Term Care page and scroll to the bottom to find the webinars.

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IPAC for Non-clinical Staff in Congregate Living Settings

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Fundamentals training resources will help you learn how to protect yourself and your residents from infectious disease. Please choose the module that is most appropriate for you.

  • Non-clinical staff working in Retirement homes
  • Non-clinical staff working in Congregate living settings (e.g., group homes)

The time to complete a module will vary, depending on which stream you choose and your prior experience with IPAC concepts.

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Updated 12 Sep 2022