Infection Prevention Training Reimbursement Opportunity-Phase II

CHCA is offering 100% reimbursement for completion of the American Health Care Association’s Infection Prevention Specialized Training (IPCO), including IPCO Phase II.  This opportunity is available for the first 150 nursing home employees who apply.  Please complete the following steps to receive reimbursement.

    1. Complete the CHCA Reimbursement Application and NHA Letter of Support
    2. Receive confirmation from CHCA that you are eligible to receive reimbursement ( CHCA will send an email within 2 business days of application )
    3. Register for the IPCO Class within 30 days AFTER receiving CHCA confirmation
    4. Complete IPCO class within 90 days of registration
    5. Send class receipt and certificate of completion to CHCA
    1. In order to participate in this capacity, applicants MUST complete the course by June 2021

The registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members.  There are no refunds and no transfers.  Payment and registration are made online at ahcancalED.  Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more.  Refer group purchasers to educate@ahca.org.

Important Links

Access the IPCO course

IPCO Online Training Information Brochure

NHA Letter of Support Template 

IPCO Online Training Application

How to create an ahcancalED account

This Opportunity has been made possible by a grant from Colorado Innovations Grant Board.

Requests for reimbursement are due no later than June 15, 2021

Phase II

AHCA has released a new and expanded version of its popular Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO Version 2). The program is available to members and non-members.

Phase III Requirements of Participation took effect November 28, 2019 and mandate that every nursing facility have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist who is running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program.  AHCA recommends that each skilled nursing facility train at least two Infection Preventionists through AHCA’s IPCO training program should one Infection Preventionist leave the facility.

IPCO Version 2 is designed to train Infection Preventionists and is approved for 25 ANCC contact hours.  The online course is also now approved for 22 NAB CEUs for Administrators.

AHCA’s course also includes in-depth learning on topics such as water management, antibiotic stewardship and bonus content on key issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

About IPCO Version 2

Here’s what’s new and changed in IPCO Version 2:
-Updated regulatory requirements
-Increased from 23 to 25 ANCC contact hours for nurses
-Approved for 22 NAB CEUs for administrators
-Length of time allowed to complete the training increased from 9 months to 12 months

Added course content:
-Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP)
-Candida Auris
-Water management programs
-COVID-19

Bonus Content: All persons who register for the course receive access to additional non-CE approved content. Topics include Interim COVID-19 Guidance, and courses on PPE and N-95 mask use.
The registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Payment and registration are made online at ahcancalED. Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Refer group purchasers to educate@ahca.org.

A Note About Current IPCO Version 1 Enrollees Who Have Not Yet Completed the Course

Those who are active enrollees in IPCO 1 but have not completed their coursework will be given access to all IPCO Version 2 modules and bonus trainings free of charge. However, they will only receive the 23 ANCC nurse contact hours approved for IPCO Version 1. All current IPCO Version 1 enrollees in progress of completing the course, will be notified of their ability to access IPCO Version 2 content.

IPCO 1 Renewals & Deadline Extension

IPCO requires three-year certificate renewals. The first version of IPCO launched in June 2017. Due to the COVID pandemic, AHCA is extending the expiration date of the specialized training certificate for IPCO by three months for all IPCO 1 certificate holders. So, the very first group of individuals who received an IPCO certificate in July 2017 will not need to renew their certificates until October 2020. AHCA will be notifying all IPCO 1 certificate holders of the extension once the renewal exam is available.

There are two options for renewal. Option one is to register for and successfully complete the IPCO competency renewal exam. Option two is to register for and take the IPCO Version 2 course and pass the IPCO Version 2 exam. AHCA will send additional information to state affiliates about the IPCO competency renewal exam in late May.