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Aim: Infection control training increases employee’s awareness of how to prevent and control infection. The training also addresses the National Guidelines on infection and hygiene.

Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a healthcare setting.

Duration: 5 days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.

Status: Elective Minor component Healthcare Support Level 5

Compulsory Minor component Health Service Skills Level 5

Credit Value: 15 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Healthcare Support 5M4339 and Health Service Skills 5M3782


Some of the areas the learner will be proficient in at the end of the course:

  1. Explain the basic principles of infection and the application of standard precautions in relation to infection control, to include the significance of an Area of Infection Control
  2. Summarise the various types of microorganisms, the elements required for the growth, spread and subsequent infection process, knowledge of the chain of infection and the need for vigilance and safe practice at all times
  3. Discuss the role and functions of the local infection control team members, to include local policy in relation to dress, staff health and travel associated infections
  4. Examine the role of antibiotics and the importance of correct and safe antibiotic use to avoid antibiotic resistance
  5. Implement the local terminal cleaning procedure in a range of settings, such as an isolation room, single use items and outbreak management
  6. Apply appropriate management of blood and body fluid spillages, to include policies for dealing with clean and soiled linen, the disposal of sharps and the correct management following inoculation, injury or accidental exposure to blood and body fluids.


Entry Requirement: Minimum of Level 4 certificate standard of education. A strong level of spoken and written English required.
Assessment: Skills Demonstration 40% Learner Record 20% Examination – Theory 40% Learners will receive assignment briefs and guidelines on completing these assessments.
Tutor Profile: All tutors are highly qualified and experienced healthcare experts.
Support: A range of accommodations and supports are available according to specific learner needs. One to one and email support available from tutors throughout the course.
Resources: Learners receive a comprehensive resource pack that can be used as a reference during and after the course.
Booking Process & Fee: Booking Form available by email to admin@barrowtraining.ie or online at www.barrowtraining.ie . Discounts available if the course is booked and paid in full online.
Transfer/progression: Successful completion enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement at Level 5 & 6.

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  1. Amanda kelly September 17, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    How often do you have to update this course for infection prevention and control?

    • Barrow Training September 18, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Hi Amanda, many thanks for your message. Email sent to you now!

  2. Mandy February 9, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Hi can this be done online, I’m looking to add more modules to my cert but there never any courses in my area

  3. Mandy February 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Hi what fetec level 5 modules do ye have available to do online. I want to add more to get my major award

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