AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

 It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

Now more than ever, an Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) is critical to have in your building/organization. The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living is happy to announce the launch of version 2 of the Infection Prevention Control Officer (IPCO) training.  This updated version incorporates information from the COVID-19 pandemic,  the most recent regulatory requirements as well as sections on Candida auris, Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs), and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP).  Additionally, there is an entire section on how to get an effective water management program running in your center.  

What’s new and what’s changed:

  • Updated regulatory requirements

  • Added:

    • Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)

    • Candida auris

    • Water management program

    • COVID-19

  • Increased from 23  to 25 ANCC contact hours

  • 22 hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administration and Residential Care/ Assisted Living Administration

  • Increased length of time allowed to complete the training from 9 months to 12 months

The training is an on-line, self-study program on ahcancalED. The training includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. 


The course is open to AHCA/NCAL members for $450 and non-members for $650. Group purchase with discount structure is available for groups of 25 or more. There are no refunds and no transfers.

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Registrations for IPCO must be done by the individual who will be taking the course, under their individual login.  Registrations cannot be done by another person or under another person’s login.