Fundamentals in Protection
Prevention and Control

Course Timetable


Training Course
FIPC (Module 1): Basic Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance
FIPC (Module 2): Surveillance Research
FIPC (Module 3): Risk Management and Safe Practices in IPC
FIPC (Module 4): Decontamination: Rendering Patient and Processing Equipment Safe
FIPC (Module 5): Improving Hospital Design and Environment
22 Mar - 4 Apr 2022
20-24 Jun 2022
27 Jun - 1 Jul 2022
15-19 Aug 2022
22-26 Aug 2022
Virtual/Cape Town
Virtual/Cape Town
Virtual/Cape Town
Virtual/Cape Town
Virtual/Cape Town
Application Deadline
31 January 2022
31 January 2022
31 January 2022
31 January 2022
31 January 2022

Course Modules

The Fundamentals in Protection Prevention and Control course is CPD accredited at SAMA.
It is a six-month part-time course consisting of three blocks. Each block has a two-week mandatory contact session (face-to-face) followed by a self-study period and assignment of five weeks. The contact sessions entail formal lectures in the morning with practical work in the afternoons.

Block One

Module 1: Applied and Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship

• Basic aspects of anatomy and physiology of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
• Mechanisms of transmission of microorganisms
• Interpretation of laboratory results
• Minimum requirements of laboratory support for clinical services, including IPC
• Defense mechanisms of pathogens and the required precautions when dealing with resistant organisms
• Antimicrobial resistance
• The role of IPC in preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance
• Antimicrobial stewardship (basics)
• Case studies and problem solving

Block Two

Module 2: Surveillance Research

• Fundamentals of surveillance methods for healthcare-associated infections (HAI)
• Role of the laboratory in HAI surveillance
• Identification and management of outbreaks
• Healthcare-associated vs community outbreaks
• Database to manage IPC information
• Calculation of basic bio statistical data
• Effective IPC

Module 3: Risk Management and Safe Practices in IPC 

• How IPC is structured and implemented in healthcare
• Core Components of IPC
• Risk management in IPC
• Risk mitigation strategies
• Standard precautions
• Transmission based precautions and isolation of patients
• IPC Bundles to prevent healthcare-associated infections
• Hand hygiene
• Environmental cleaning

Block Three

Module 4: Decontamination: Rendering Patient and Processing Equipment Safe

• Minimum requirements for the decontamination of patient care articles
• Understand the decontamination cycle
• Validation of decontamination processes
• Minimum requirements of a disinfection policy

Module 5: Improving Hospital Design and Environment

• Best designs for IPC in low to middle-income countries
• Influence of disease profile on hospital design
• Role of IPC in renovation or new building projects
• The role of water and sanitation on infrastructure design
• How the layout of a healthcare facility can contribute to adherence to IPC processes
• Ventilation requirements for different areas


Please note that while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, all our courses are being conducted on a virtual platform, unless stated otherwise.
Course Background

This fundamental course specifically targets newly appointed IPC practitioners, any healthcare worker or scientist interested in the field of IPC, and is extremely popular.


The aim of the course is to equip students with a sound basic knowledge of evidence based best practices in infection prevention and control (IPC) and to enable them to apply their knowledge in practice. The training is practical and clinically orientated and can be applied to any clinical setting.


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Course Fee

$1,170 / R17,000

Excluding 15% VAT

Admission Requirements

  • Registered nurse or doctor, working in a clinical field.

  • Persons currently in an IPC position or doing work with an IPC component.

  • Dedicated computer and stable internet access.

Dollar fee subject to change due to fluctuation of the exchange rate. Travel and accommodation not included.

Apply for the Funadamentals in Protection Prevention and Control Course