Recertification by Continuing Education: Infection Prevention Units (IPUs) Criteria Chart

Recertification by Continuing Education, hereby referred to as Infection Prevention Units (IPUs), can be achieved through a variety of ways. Recertification is achieved every 5 years by earning a minimum of 40 units/points from the projects or activities outlined below and also in the Candidate Handbook, covering at least six domains. Domains refers to the eight categories of the examination. Candidates must submit a “professional portfolio” using the interactive online submission system.

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Category

 

Description of Activity

Number of Infection Prevention Units (IPUs)

Maximum Number of IPUs

Examples of Participating Providers

 

Required Documentation

Online, paper, or live format education

Complete offerings from an accredited/vetted source that provide continued education credits specific to the domains

1 IPU per activity hour

No max

APIC, CDC, SHEA, IDSA, IPAC Canada

Certificate of completion/attendance

Organizational education offerings (includes multi-day or single day activities)

Related educational offerings (in-person classes/workshops; online courses of study) from national organizations (examples: APIC EPI 201, APIC-SHEA Joint Leadership Development Course)

10 IPUs per completed education offering

No max

APIC, IPAC Canada, SHEA, State Hospital Associations, ANA, IDSA

Certificate of attendance/completion

National conferences

Attendance at national infection prevention and control conferences (examples: APIC, IPAC Canada, and IDSA)

10 IPUs per conference

No max

APIC, IPAC Canada, IDSA

Certificate of attendance

Other related conferences with infection prevention sessions (examples: conferences not specifically infection prevention and control centric but having an IPC educational session, such as AORN, AAMI, ASM, ANCC, SGNA)

1 IPU per session hour

No max

AORN, AAMI, ANCC, ASM, SGNA

Certificate of attendance

Academic education

Enrolled in accredited programs that offer specific education that would advance the profession of infection prevention and control

10 IPUs per program completion

 

2 IPUs per year of enrollment

10 IPUs max

Certification in statistics, MPH, MSN, project management

Copy of completed program or course unofficial transcript, with institution name visible

 

OR

 

Copy of diploma, with institution name visible

 

OR

 

Verification document

Contains your name, the name of the college or institution, the name of course or program, the date and semester course or program was completed, a brief description, and the instructor signature

Publications

Peer reviewed journal only that are topics specific to infection prevention and control.

5 IPUs per publication

No max

AJIC, CJIC, ICHE, ASM

Copy of article, guidelines, prevention guide, or other publication, ensuring your participation as author or co-author, title of written work, date of publication, and a subject synopsis is visible

Authoring/co-Authoring evidence-based guidelines, prevention guides, or similar publication related to the field of infection prevention and control.

5 IPUs per publication

No max

CDC, IHI, professional organization, APIC prevention guide

Copy of article, guidelines, prevention guide, or other publication, ensuring your participation as author or co-author, title of written work, date of publication, and a subject synopsis is visible

Presentation

Speaking at chapter, state, and national conferences.

 

Delivering a webinar with a primary focus on infection prevention and control.

2 IPUs per one hour of presentation time

 

No max

APIC chapter, IPAC chapter, State HAI conference, IPAC Canada, APIC, SHEA

 

 

Letter or verification from conference organizer on official organization letterhead

Contains your name, the name of the webinar or presentation, the date of the webinar or presentation, and a synopsis of webinar or presentation focus

 

OR

 

Copy of brochure/flyer/conference schedule indicating name of presenter, date/time presented and presentation

Primary author of an abstract presentation at a national conference

 

1 IPU per abstract

No max

APIC, IPAC Canada, SHEA, and IDSA

Copy of brochure/flyer/conference schedule or abstract showing authorship

 

OR

 

Copy of first page of abstract

Participation in a professional organization

Participate on a local, state, or national level as a committee member (particular role: treasurer, secretary, etc.)

 

5 IPUs per term per role

No max

Committees: County, state, national health Committees (if in a particular role)

Appointment letter on letterhead of organization or Board (separate letter for each role held)

Contains your name, your role held, the dates of term, and the signature from committee chair or organization leader/chapter President

Elected position on a Board

5 IPUs per term per role

No max

APIC, SHEA, IDSA, IPAC Canada

Appointment letter on letterhead of organization or Board (separate letter for each role held)

Contains your name, your role held, the dates of term, and the signature from committee chair or organization leader/chapter President

Teaching

Teaching specific topics related to infection prevention and control for an accredited institution

1 IPU per hour of instruction

Max of 5 IPUs per recertification period

Nursing school, public health program, etc.

Copy of course or class syllabus outlining infection prevention teaching

 

AND

 

Verification letter (separate letter for each course or class)

Contains your name , the dates of course, the number of hours of instruction, the name of accredited institution, and the Signature from institution contact (e.g. chancellor, professor, academic dean, President, etc.)

Research

Involved in an approved local facility IRB, State, or federally funded research activity that is specific to advancing the profession of infection prevention and control (e.g. listed as a principal member of the investigational team)

5 IPUs per research activity

No max

 

A report ensuring your participation in the research and a subject synopsis is visible

 

OR

 

Verification letter

Contains your name, the dates of participation, your role in the research (e.g., writer, investigator, etc.), and the source of funding

**A maximum number of IPUs is imposed on two of the IPUs categories – academic education and teaching – to ensure that all candidates are exposed to and participate in a diverse range of activities and knowledge base during their recertification period.

 

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