How do I qualify to become an Infection Control Trainer? The qualifications required to teach accredited infection control  train the trainer health and safety awards and become an infection control instructor have changed over the last couple of years.  You can no longer teach accredited infection control awards with an infection control trainer award, as this will not be accepted by any of the UInfection Control TrainerK awarding bodies.

Teaching Qualification

First and foremost if you want to be a trainer you will need to have an entry-level teaching qualification. The PDLSG – Planning and Delivering Learning Sessions to Groups Award or the ETA – Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification gives the teaching award accepted by all awarding bodies. This course is nationally accredited and by its conclusion will allow the successful candidate to teach any subject they have experience in.

Infection Control Qualification

Ok, so you now have a teaching qualification either PDLSG or ETA that proves your competence as a trainer. What’s next is to match it up with some relevant experience. The easiest way to do this is to obtain the Infection Control Award, but you can also qualify with Infection Control CPD or additional Infection Control E-Learning on top of the infection control trainer award. Holding the teaching qualification and current Infection Control experience will allow you to teach the following courses:
  • Infection Control Awareness
  • Train the trainer health and safety
  • Level 1 or 2 Infection Control Awards
It’s best to also complete the infection control award first to gain experience.


Trainers should take out public liability insurance in case a member of the public blames you for causing damage or injury. Alongside professional indemnity insurance in case a member of the public/client accuses you of making a mistake within your work. Both cost about £120 per year.


You will need some basic infection control equipment to be able to provide your own courses. The below list of equipment is everything you will need:
  • Infection Control PowerPoint (free on trainer courses)
  • Projector for Powerpoint presentations

Infection Control Trainer Courses with Teaching Award

If you don’t have a teaching award one of the cheapest 2 days courses from Abertay provide everything you need just click the link below to become an approved Infection Control trainer with includes the PDLSG teaching award
  1. Teaching Qualification
  2. Infection Control experience (or professional exemption)
  3. Insurance
  4. Equipment

Accredited Infection Control Certifications

Once you have all the above, you then need to apply to one of the awarding bodies to apply to become an approved centre so that you can gain accredited infection control certifications for the candidates you then teach. There are many awarding bodies out there but one of the most reasonable for costs is SafeCert Awards. They cost 295 for centre approval with infection control certification at around 5 pounds each.
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