Mayfield Education

Certificate in Infection Control and Sterilisation

The promotion of infection control is a key risk management strategy aimed at improving infection control outcomes for patients and staff. Quality management of reprocessing of surgical equipment within a Central Sterilising Department is critical for successful patient outcomes. This certificate in Infection Control and Sterilisation is considered within the health industry to be the definitive qualification for Registered Nurses pursuing a career in infection control and sterilisation and is aimed at delivering best practice in these speciality areas.

Entry Criteria
Registered (Division 1) Nurses, with preference given to those working in infection control, sterilising services, operating suite, high dependency units, or isolation wards. Other health professionals may enrol, subject to qualifications and experience.

Applicants will be required to attend an information session prior to course commencement at a date to be advised.

Computer skills to utilise Mayfield online learning resources. Students must have access to a computer and internet to complete blended learning.

Training Program
• Clinical Microbiology
• Sterilisation and Disinfection
• Infection Control
• Management, Communication and Quality Processes
• Advanced Infection Control or Advanced Sterilisation Selected Electives

Course Content
Unit 1 Microbiology
This unit covers basic, systematic microbiology, virology, mycology and parasitology as well as identification of body system infections. Microbiology procedures as they apply to infection control and sterilisation are demonstrated and students practice microbiology techniques in practical sessions. Methods of overcoming infections are identified, including innate human defence mechanisms, and the role of antibiotics. The 3 day Microbiology practicum is held at RMIT Bundoora in the first week of the course.

Unit 2 Sterilisation and Disinfection
This unit investigates in detail the requirements of Australian Standard AS/NZS 4187 ‘Cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment, and maintenance of associated environments in health care facilities’. This Standard applies to acute care central sterilising departments. Observation tours to relevant companies are part of the curriculum.

Unit 3 Infection Control
This unit addresses the requirement for a health care facility to provide appropriate infection control practices. Issues discussed include outbreak management and hospital design. The connection between public health and epidemiology is explored as are the legal and ethical issues raised in infection control. Staff issues such as vaccinations and occupational health and safety are investigated. Application of infection surveillance techniques is discussed.

Unit 4 Management
This unit addresses quality improvements, change management, and communication techniques. The unit aims to develop project management, resource management and writing skills. The written assessment develops skills in writing evidence based reports. The final week presentations help to develop more effective verbal communication skills.


Advanced Sterilisation
This elective develops specialised skills for the management of a sterilisation department. Topics unique to sterilisation are investigated to provide the manager with the knowledge to implement the current Australian Standard applying to the provision of the sterilisation services with a healthcare facility. Topics include: steam and water quality, calibration and validation as required by AS4187.

Advanced Infection Control
This elective introduces the infection control consultant to more specific issues related to infection control. The topics prepare the student for the role as infection control consultant by investigating infection control issues such as high risk patient populations, the environment as a risk for infection and waste management practices. Extended skills in epidemiology and surveillance prepare the student for requirements of data collection and statistics. The elective also looks at the broad scope of the infection control consultant within the context of a healthcare facility.

The following units from the Diploma of Management are included in the course:

  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development (BSBWOR501B)
  • Manage operational plans (BSBMGT515A)
  • Build and sustain an innovative work environment (BSBINN502A)

Course Benefits
On completion participants will be able to
• Effectively implement an evidence based, quality improvement program in infection control or sterilisation
• Manage or act as a resource for sterilising services
• Utilise a quality management approach to improve work practices

17 days on site at Mayfield Education (9.00am to 4.00pm) plus a self-paced Distance Education package. Online learning

If you are interested in attending this course, please complete an application form as an expression of interest

An examination, written assignments and class presentation.

Mayfield Certificate

CNE points
25 CNE points


Fee instalment plans may be negotiated.

Closing Date
Three weeks prior to course commencement
Late applications may be considered

Hawthorn campus

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