AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)

Maine Health Care Association recently signed a State Affiliate Participation Agreement with AHCA/NCAL for the Infection Preventionist Specialized Training Course. AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists.  Individuals who complete the course will be trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their nursing facilities.

The IPCO course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care.  It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a successful Infection Prevention & Control program.   Upon successful completion, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours.  

Even though nursing facilities are not required to have a designated “Infection Preventionist” until November 2019, there are three compelling reasons why it is critical to register for this training now:

  • As of November 28, 2016, nursing facilities are being held accountable to more expansive infection prevention and control federal regulations.
  • Beginning November 28, 2017, the federal requirements for nursing facilities expand further and require that every nursing facility develop and implement an antibiotic stewardship program. This is a new requirement should be conducted with oversight from specially trained healthcare professionals.
  • Surveyors nationwide are being trained this summer to survey for the expanded infection prevention & control and antibiotic stewardship requirements.

For these reasons, nursing facilities across the country are seeking to train and designate their Infection Preventionists now to help ensure they have the specialized training necessary to prepare their facilities for success with their infection prevention and control programs and to meet the expanded federal requirements.

The training course registration fee is $450 for MHCA/AHCA members.  There are no refunds and no transfers.  Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more.  If you’re interested in making a group purchase, please email AHCA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, you will need to login with your AHCA/NCAL username and password. If you need assistance obtaining your AHCA/NCAL username and password, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and facility contact information.