Tanya Legall, MPH, BSc, a-IPC

Location: Toronto, Canada

Company/Organization: Covenant House Toronto

Title: Infection Prevention and Safety Coordinator

First Certified: March 2023

1.    What made you want to pursue a career in infection prevention and control?

I have been in the Public Health field for 10+ years and especially during my significant involvement with Pandemic-related work activities: case, contact and outbreak management and public health surveillance, I understood even more so the importance of how impactful infection prevention and control measures have been during these trying times. 

2.    What does being a-IPCTM mean to you?

It is quite a privilege and honour to have this designation which shows that I have attained a level of excellence and competence to practice in my field.

3.    What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the examination?

I recently completed the IPAC-CANADA endorsed Infection Prevention and Control Certification, so I wanted to sit the exam with all the material and information fresh in my mind. I attended the CIC Prep series, along with reviewing sections of the APIC text and aspects of my professional experience also aided with my preparations for the examination

4.    How has gaining the a-IPCTM credential impacted your career development?

I am even more knowledgeable about infection prevention and control practices in various settings.

5.    Do you intend on pursing your CIC® credential? If so, why is becoming certified important to you? 

Yes, I do. I wanted to attempt the a-IPC exam first to gauge which topics I may need to focus more on when studying for the CIC exam. I am passionate about my field and the service I provide daily. It is of utmost importance for me to do my best and give expert guidance and direction to staff and clients.