Infection Preventionist Specialized Training Now Available!

Meet CMS Expanded Requirements for Infection Prevention and Control!

WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce that the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA’s) Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) has officially been released.

Visit our IPCO web page for more information.


IPCO Summary

IPCO Flyer


The training is available to both AHCA members and non-members. The registration fee is $450 for AHCA members and $650 for non-members. Payment and registration is made online in ahcancalED. To access ahcancalED, an individual needs their own username and password for the AHCA website. Please contact educate@ahca.org with any questions.

Visit THIS PAGE for more information or to register today!


The design and development of this training was prompted by the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for all skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities to have a designated Infection Preventionist with specialized training by November 28, 2019. While the advance training will be required in 2019, beginning November 28, 2017, the Federal requirements for skilled nursing facilities expands further and requires that every nursing facility develop and implement an antibiotic stewardship program in addition to an infection prevention and control program. This is a brand-new requirement for nursing facilities and will be best conducted with oversight from a specially trained healthcare professional.

This training is an online, self-study program on ahcancalED with 23 hours of learning. No need for travel expenses! The online program consists of nine modules, each focusing on specific components of infection prevention and control. The course includes online lectures, case studies, and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. The program is flexible and self-paced, available 24/7. Course completion must occur within nine months of the date the registrant started the program. Participants must complete all training modules and successfully pass quizzes and the final test with a grade of 80 or above to receive a certificate of completion from AHCA—valid for three years. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an infection prevention and control program in a skilled nursing facility, but the concepts are also extremely relevant to an assisted living and home care environments.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of specialized training and 23 ANCC Contact Hours upon successfully completing AHCA’s IPCO program.

The training is available to both AHCA members and non-members. The registration fee is $450 for AHCA members and $650 for non-members. Payment and registration is made online in ahcancalED. To access ahcancalED, an individual needs their own username and password for the AHCA website. Please contact educate@ahca.org with any questions.

If you have any questions about this program or the infection control prevention officer requirements, please contact Jackie Strader, WHCA/WiCAL Director of Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs.