APIC Releases Infection Prevention Competency Model

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology introduced its first model for infection preventionist competency.

The model, which appears in the American Journal of Infection Control, outlines the skills needed to advance the infection prevention field and was created to help direct infection preventionists' professional development at all career stages.


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Represented as a circular diagram with patient safety in the center, the model illustrates four critical areas of expertise that are needed for expanding infection preventionists' role, including leadership and program management; performance improvement and implementation science; infection prevention and control; and technical expertise.

The content areas correspond to the core competencies as defined by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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