Basic Infection Control Training Programme
Guidelines for Instructors

This course may be taken as a self-study exercise or the materials may be used by an instructor or instructors to teach others. These guidelines are provided as suggestions.


Instructors should be recruited and selected to conduct this course based on their working knowledge of the content and skills required for each session.  Use the following steps when you prepare for training:

  1. Thoroughly read all materials, including reference material.
  2. Be prepared to answer any questions that the participants may ask.
  3. Tailor each session to your local community.  Using local information will add a personal meaning for the participants.
  4. Identify sessions that require you to prepare information or materials that relate specifically to your community.  Prepare these items in advance of the session.
  5. Be certain you are aware of any cultural sensitivities for the community in which you will be training. It is important to understand how to best deliver the content so as to engage the participants.
  6. Draft or copy any supplemental materials from which you feel the participants will benefit.
  7. Instructors are encouraged to add pertinent information to the course, but topics should not be deleted.



    1. Selection of participants:
      1. The course is oriented to IC professionals that are beginning work in IC programs. Some of the chapters also can be used to train administrators, clinical personnel, residents, junior doctors or students.
      2. Suggestion is to have no more than 40 people in each course.
    2. Distribute hand-outs before course begins: Remember that hand-outs constitute a summary of the lectures which will help the participant follow the presentations and improve comprehension through sighting, hearing and reading. If the material is printed, it is important that the photocopy is of good quality.
    3. Equipment you will need
      1. A computer with PowerPoint software
      2. A computer projector and screen
      3. Flip-chart paper, easel, and markers
    4. Before the course:
      1. Review the teaching materials
      2. Practice examples for the content (is not good to improvise)
      3. Practice what to say between slides
      4. Verify time: a good standard of quality in a lecture is  to respect the planned time
      5. Verify room conditions are appropriate
      6. Room arrangement: This is your choice and, depending on the number of participants, you may opt for different arrangements
    5. During the course
      1. Arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the start time
      2. Verify equipment is available and working
      3. Start on time
      4. Welcome participants
      5. Introduce yourself and provide some background information about your experience in IP&C
      6. Make any pertinent announcements (session times, materials required, toilet locations, smoking policy, emergency exits, requirements for course completion)
    6. During the lecture
      1. Responsibilities of the speaker
        1. Solve conflicts
        2. Look for consensus
        3.  Answer questions
        4. Ensure that everybody understands
        5. Facilitate communication
        6. Provide lecture content
        7. Don’t play the role of a comic
      2. Relevant aspects of the speakers
        1. Position:  Avoid awkward positions such as not looking at the participants.
        2. Clothing: it is recommended to wear formal or semi-formal clothes. Avoid jeans or sport shoes.
        3. Language: Must be comprehensive, avoiding popular expressions.
    7. At the end of the course:
      1. Distribute and collect evaluations from all participants.
      2. Analyse the results of the evaluations and determine which may improve future courses.

Time Requirements/Formats

Course work can be completed in a single session or in divided time slots to meet the course provider’s needs.  The format for the delivery of this program is not specified, allowing the course providers freedom in reaching their audience.

For distant or e-learning

If distance-learning methods are used, the course provider must be able to provide participants with direct answers to questions they may have as a result of the program offering.

1-      A forum must be established

2-      E-mailing would be of help