ASC Intensive Certificate

Earn your ASC Intensive Certificate with this fast-paced interactive course which combines 4 days of in-person training with online pre-and post-course learning.

This intensive training course covers essential training and competency-building in infection prevention and control (IPC) for healthcare professionals in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

You’ll learn evidenced-based best practices that are focused on your specific facility-based requirements, and will to get the tools you need to develop an effective IPC program.

Why Attend:

  • Hands-on interactive sessions that cover the fundamentals of infection prevention in ASCs only 4 days
  • Fast-paced blended learning approach that maximizes your time out of the office
  • Certificate of achievement that demonstrates your completion of competency-based program requirements and boosts your credibility

View a sample agenda for our ASC Intensive Certificate here.

Proficiency Levels:

Becoming Proficient


Professional Stewardship
IPC Operations
Quality Improvement



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Rates increase $150 after Early Bird pricing deadlines. Register early to save.

We are actively monitoring COVID-19 and the potential impact it may have on our face-to-face events. With the CDC’s recommendation on March 16th to cancel events over the next eight weeks for gatherings larger than 50 people, we have made the decision to cancel our April and May EPI and ASC Intensives. If you were registered to attend either of these events, you should have received an email from APIC outlining your options.

We send our thoughts to all that have been affected and acknowledge the hard work many of you are doing on the front lines. It is due to your expertise and efforts that we are confident that the virus will be contained on a global scale as soon as possible. If you have further questions, please email

2020 ASC Intensive Dates & Locations

These courses are co-located with the EPI Intensive Certificate.

September 21-24
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta-Buckhead

November 16-19
San Diego, CA
Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

About The Course

The course introduces the various roles and responsibilities of the infection preventionist (IP) working in an ASC facility.

Over the course of four days, you’ll cover the fundamental components of infection prevention and control in an ASC, including risk assessment, how to develop an effective infection prevention program to protect patients, accrediting and regulatory compliance, and the evidenced-based best practices that improve patient, staff, and facility safety.

This fast-paced ASC Intensive Certificate program education opportunity is led by experienced faculty who teach complex concepts in everyday language, facilitate smaller group activities, lead Q&A sessions, and encourage the sharing of individual experiences. Enrollment is limited for each class to ensure a quality learning experience and enhanced networking.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop an effective IPC risk assessment plan, and understand IPC program management related to employees, environment, population health, devices, procedures, and quality improvement.
  • Understand the core principles of IPC including epidemiology, microbiology, pathogens and diseases, construction, and cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization basics.
  • Define the role of the IP across the continuum of care.
  • Identify key drivers and components of a high-performing IPC team and program, including surveillance, product evaluation, quality improvement, and survey readiness in ASC contexts.
  • Apply APIC’s updated Competency Model to your work and professional development.

Course Components

To earn the ASC Intensive Certificate and available 33 CEs, participants must complete all program components:

  • Four days of training led by experienced instructors (33 contact hours awarded for attendance and evaluation)
  • Five online modules to reinforce learning
  • Limited enrollment for each class to ensure a quality learning experience and enhanced networking.
  • Pre- and post-course self-evaluation
  • Program evaluation

2019 Attendee Testimonials

Hundreds of infection preventionists attend an APIC Intensive course each year. Hear what your fellow IPs have to say about this program:

“I [was] looking at 3 of the courses in the Digital resource & flashcard portion and…the overall design of this program and its absolutely fantastic! I have a master’s degree in education and this makes me so happy!”

“I thought this was an excellent training. I will encourage all of my colleagues in my local APIC chapter to sign up for this course. This team did a wonderful job making this education practical and useful for real life events.”

“This course was excellent; I learned so much and am taking a lot of things back to my organization.”

“This program was great; the presenters were knowledgeable, professional, and warm.”

Registration Information

Registration fee includes attendance, one-year access to select online modules, course materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. It does not include travel expenses (airfare and hotel accommodations). Course fees are shown below.

Group Registrations
APIC offers special group registration options for organizations registering four or more individuals from the same institution for a course.

4-9 registrants: 5% discount per person
10+ registrants: 10% discount per person

To register a group:

  • Contact for group registration form.
  • Complete a registration form for each individual and submit with group form for pricing to Please note: All registrants must be identified at this time and no late additions will be permitted.
  • Group invoice will be generated for processing of payment (credit card or check) for registration.
  • Each registrant will receive an email confirmation once payment is processed and registrations are complete.

Please Note: Group registrations are not confirmed until payment is received and must be processed by APIC on or before the registration deadline.

Accreditation, Contact Hours, and Evaluation

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

To receive your credit hours, you must complete all program components as listed above, including the program evaluation online. Course evaluations will be available via an online link provided in course materials. The evaluation for the 4-day in-person training must be completed within 30 days. Participants have up to one year to complete all the online components of the program. After satisfying all requirements, your EPI Intensive Certificate will be available to print and/or for your records indicating contact hours.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. While APIC is approved to provide contact hours, APIC’s educational programs may be eligible for continuing education units from other accrediting bodies. Please contact the accrediting body for more information on eligibility requirements and submission instructions.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 cancellation fee will be charged to all cancelled registrations. Cancellations must be in writing and received via fax or email no later than 5 business days prior to the start of the course. No refunds or credits/transfers will be granted after this deadline. Participants who are “no shows” will not be granted a refund or credit/transfer of registration fees. Please submit cancellation requests to or via fax to (202) 789-1899.

Please note: Registration fees may only be transferred to the same course within the same calendar year based on space availability.

Substitutes are allowed. Please see substitution policy below for further details.

All substitution requests must be received by APIC Headquarters via fax or e-mail 10 days prior to the start of the course.

If you work in a healthcare facility other than an ambulatory surgery care practice setting, please explore our EPI Intensive course.