Infection control Skill Set

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Protect yourself and others in the community from infectious diseases

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of building the capacity and understanding of the workforce to practice safe infection control procedures. This skill set will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assist in protecting yourself and others in the community from infectious diseases. 

You will understand how infections are spread, ways of preventing the spread of infection and how to protect yourself and others from infection.  It is most suited for those that are working in the health care sector, or those that would like to acquire a new skill before returning to employment.

This online course allows you to undertake studies within your own timeframe. You will receive a short induction and ongoing support from your lecturer. Once you have completed the online study component you will be required to book into a four hour practical lab session at our Mount Lawley campus where you will practice skills and undertake a workplace assessment.



If you're aged 15—24 years (not at school), receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment, receiving Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY or holding a pensioner concession card, Health Care Card or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or a dependent of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution, you are eligible to enrol for free!

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.

Infection control

The Skills Ready infection control skill sets are totally free, for everyone*! 

Please note The minimum age requirement for the Entry Into Care Roles and the COVID-19 Direct Care skill sets is 18 years. For the other infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.


Some of the courses on the list can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We’ll let you know what's required for your course. For a full list of online courses, please use the filters under the Refine course results menu.


This skill set is related to the Skills Ready program. Other skill sets can be found on our Courses (opens in a new tab) page, using the Refine course results>Study mode filters.

  • Identify infection hazards and assess risks
  • Using personal protective equipment safely
  • How to prevent the spread and transmission of infection
  • Maintaining a clean work environment

Credit for this unit can be used in many health qualifications.

Enrolments into this skill set for 2021 will commence on 18 January.

This course does not lead to a specific job outcome but will be helpful if you are, or would like to work as, a:

  • Health Services Assistant | Health Support Services Worker | Health Administrative Worker | Admissions Clerk (Health Services)
  • Nurse’s Aide | Ward Clerk | Ward Assistant | Hospital Porter | Orderly
  • Community Services Driver | Pathology Courier
  • Hospital Cleaner | Hospital Maintenance Worker
  • Food Services Deliverer | Kitchenhand | Kitchen Attendant | Food Service Assistant | Food Service Worker
  • Client Assistant | Nutrition Assistant | Stores Assistant
  • Caretaker | Laundry Operator | Housekeeping Attendant

North Metropolitan TAFE offers you a range of further study opportunities, see below for a list of related courses.

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Continuous enrolment, 2021

Duration 1 Month
When Continuous enrolment, 2021
Where Mount Lawley
How Online

Continuous enrolment, 2020

Duration 1 Month
When Continuous enrolment, 2020
Where Mount Lawley
How Online

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