Infection Prevention and Control: Basics Online VCH & PHC

This course is also known as the BC Infection Control and Hand Hygiene Module. It is a mandatory course for all staff and physicians involved in direct patient care. You are required to take this course every two years. The course is relevant to everyone who needs to understand and apply the basic infection prevention control principles and practices.

There is a short test. Your test scores will be recorded and viewable in your User-Education History-"Training Record". A certificate is also available upon successful completion of the post-test. If you wish, you may print this out for your records. For addition assistance, please email

No end date

Infection Prevention and Control is a mandatory course for all VCH and PHC employees and physicians who are engaged in direct patient care and must be retaken every two years.

Med students
who have not received their new CPSID #, please use 10000 in your affiliate request. When you receive your new CPSID#, update your profile or email to have this updated.

Physicians This event may be claimed as 1 hour of Category 2 "Maintenance of Competence" credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or as Mainpro-M2 credit as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. RNs, Allied Health & Affiliate staff can print out their training record results for their competence portfolio. Check with your professional association.

30 minutes


VCH and PHC computers generally have all the necessary software and configuration settings enabled to run this course.

"Mac" users, do not use the "enter" key, use a mouse.

Users accessing from non-VCH computers may experience problems with Pop-up blockers (ie. Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker, Google Toolbar, etc.) and Internet security software (ie. Norton Internet Security). Please temporarily disable these tools if they are present on your computer before starting this course. Click here to view instructions.

This course is an updated version of a course that was created in 2007 without industry funding and in partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC. The content providers and course designers have no known conflicts of interest in this course creation.

Contact Info

Sheila Marie Browning