The BC Infection Control and Hand Hygiene Module has been updated (May 2017) and now consists of two separate courses:

  1. Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Direct Clinical Care Providers is appropriate for all health care professionals working directly with patients. This includes nurses, physiotherapists, physicians, care aides, laboratory technologists, radiology and ultrasound technologists, phlebotomists, and many other roles.
  2. Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Healthcare Providers Not Involved in Direct Clinical Care is appropriate for all health care staff with whose roles typically do not entail direct contact with patients. This includes dieticians, receptionists, pastoral care, interpreters, housekeeping, plant services / facilities management, kitchen staff and others.

Both modules are hosted on the PHSA Learning Hub, where you can track your courses and print a certificate after completion. Anyone (including healthcare workers not employed by a health authority) can access the modules, but please note, in order for each Health Authority to have records of which of their employees have completed the modules,
staff must access the modules as follows:

  • PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health, and Island Health: use the Learning Hub
  • Interior Health: staff must use the IH learning platform
  • Fraser Health: a modified version of the modules is available on the FH learning platform
  • Non-health-authority-affiliated: you are welcome to use the LearningHub; see below.

If you work for a facility that is not affiliated with a BC health authority, you can still create an account on the Learning Hub; all you need to provide is your name and an email address. You can find instructions on how to create an account here.

If you have any questions about the modules, including which one you should take, you can contact Joanne Archer, PICNet’s Education and Practice Coordinator. Please note: for any issues with your LearningHub account, including creating/updating your account, completing the modules, and/or printing your certificate, you must contact, and not PICNet. Thanks!

Take me to the courses on the PHSA Learning Hub:

Browsers and Mobile Apps for viewing the modules


Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later,
and one of the following browsers:


For Windows, any of:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and later
  • Microsoft Edge (latest version)
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)

For Mac, any of:

  • Safari 7 and later
  • Google Chrome (latest version)


Course Content

Both modules cover the following topics (with differing content in the clinical course vs non-clinical):

  1. Chain of Infection and Introduction to the Point of Care Risk Assessment
  2. Routine Practices
  3. Additional Precautions

Upon completing either module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the six links of thechain of infection, and ways to break each link to eliminate spread of infection
  • Identify and apply various elements of routine practicesincluding hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, sharps safety, and others
  • Perform apoint of care risk assessment in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Describe various types of additional precautions used to prevent the spread of infection