Pre-Conference Workshops

APIC is pleased to offer four pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Please see below for further information. You can see registration rates by clicking here. 


Certification Preparatory Course
Presented by APIC

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Increasing the number of IP’s with the CIC credential is a central goal of APIC’s Strategic Plan. APIC offers a package of resources to support you in preparing to take the CIC® exam.

This interactive overview course includes the following:

  • A mix of presentations, application/practice activities, and question/answer opportunities led by highly experienced faculty
  • Opportunities to build community with your peers who are also preparing for the exam
  • Access to a variety of resources to help you prepare, including additional online CIC prep presentations, a practice test, a frequently asked questions resource, and test prep tips and strategies
  • Registrants for this course will also receive steep discounts to purchase separately APIC’s book Certification Preparatory Course Practice Exam and online Infection Prevention Certification Review Course

Please note that this class won’t teach the basics of infection prevention and control. It will help attendees develop familiarity with the exam’s content and structure and will help develop confidence in taking the exam.

Learning objectives

By participating in this workshop and accessing the additional online resources included with this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and competencies of infection prevention and control practice as defined in the CBIC content outline
  • Discuss how examination questions are constructed
  • Describe the steps in the certification process
  • Identify strategies to assist with test taking and development of study plans
  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze different types of exam questions working with peers and guided by expert IPs

If you have experience in infection control (recommended two years) and are actively accountable for core aspects of the IPC program in your current position, this course will be a valuable support for you on your pathway to preparing for certification.

*Please note that continental breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of this course.


Consulting 101: How to Get Started Now

Tuesday, June 12 (time to be confirmed)

Did you know that many infection prevention and control consultants work in full-time positions, and do consulting jobs on the side?  Are you thinking about becoming a consultant when you retire?  Are you interested in starting your consulting career now or interested in supplementing your income with additional work that fits your schedule?  If you are looking to enhance your career opportunities, while working or when retired, this preconference session will provide the answers to your questions.

Hosted by APIC Consulting Services, this informative session led by CIC®-certified consultants and APIC Consulting Services staff will:

  • Give a robust overview of infection prevention and control consulting
  • Identify the various legal and other professional components necessary to begin consulting
  • Present numerous types of consulting services available and the expectations of clients
  • Provide examples of assessment tools, contracts, and reports
  • Establish a forum whereby attendees may ask questions of additional CIC®-certified panelists and APIC Consulting staff

*Please note that a continental breakfast is included in the cost of this course.

Disinfection, Sterilization and Antisepsis: Principles, Practices, Current Issues, New Research and New Technologies.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

This program will present scientific and practical information related to the use of sterilization technologies, disinfectants and antiseptics in healthcare settings.  This international symposium will include lectures and panel discussion on the latest breakthroughs regarding cleaning/disinfecting of non-critical environmental surfaces as well as reprocessing semicritical and critical medical devices.  The presentations will discuss: current issues associated with antisepsis, disinfection and sterilization in healthcare; special issues and solutions associated with reprocessing endoscopes and other medical devices; new technologies and products for disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis; and the products to use to inactivate emerging pathogens (e.g., Candida auris, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, C. difficile, human papilloma virus).  In addition to invited lectures, panel discussions and poster sessions will be offered.



  • Discuss current issues associated with skin antiseptics and hand hygiene
  • Describe new technologies and germicides for disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis
  • Examine the special issues for reprocessing endoscopes and other medical and surgical instruments
  • Evaluate the role of surfaces in transmission of viruses and epidemiologically important pathogens and the latest technologies in cleaning/disinfection/room decontamination to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections
  • Discuss new challenges in surface disinfection and instrument reprocessing (e.g., biofilms, surface irregularities, designing for cleanability)
  • Discuss the shift from high-level disinfection to sterilization for endoscopes
  • Discuss new technologies and germicides to inactivate emerging pathogens (e.g., Candida auris, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, difficile, Ebola, MERS, avian influenza, human papilloma virus)

*Please note that continental breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of this course.


Interactive Skills Lab: Practical Solutions to Reduce Infection Risk and Ensure Compliance through Live Clinical Simulations

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Skills Lab is a full day interactive pre-conference workshop that will provide an interactive learning environment to develop critical thinking skills and sharpen observation skills in the areas of the operating room, sterile processing, and the environment of care. Mock clinical settings will provide a relaxed atmosphere to promote discussion and activity while learning about the unique practice settings at specialized individual stations: