EPI® Education Series: Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization in the Surgical Setting

Get implementation methods and best practices to help ensure your facility is compliant with guidelines and regulatory standards for sterile processing.


Because sterile processing plays a vital role in patient safety, it is essential to ensure that every instrument meets sterilization requirements. 

This interactive course will give the infection preventionist the training to ensure your Sterile Processing Department is in compliance with the best evidence-based practices. 

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IPC Operations





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This interactive course covers the latest recommended practices from AAMI, AORN and the CDC sterilization monitoring, cleaning and disinfection, packaging, sterilization, traffic control, and sterile storage. The latest in flash (Immediate-use) sterilization multi-society position statement will be discussed.

We will also identify controls on loaner instrumentation that should be in place to ensure instruments and implants are effectively managed and that patient safety, not physician preference or vendor convenience, needs to be the main consideration.


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

  • Compare and contrast the differences between cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
  • Discuss the required monitoring processes utilized in disinfection and sterilization

This program is mapped to the APIC’s IP Competency Model. This model describes the knowledge, skills, and behaviors considered key to advancement and guides IPs toward areas of professional development throughout all career stages. Click here to view the full model.

Paying by check? Please download the 2020 registration form and mail it to the noted address. Please ensure that the registration form and any corresponding documents are included as we cannot process registrations without payment.

Bulk sales are available. Email eLearning@apic.org for more information.


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).

Course evaluations will be available in your online training menu at the end of the course.

All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or download under My Transcripts for your records indicating CEUs.

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.

Technical Requirements

APIC Education Online courses are accessed through a web browser. The web browser you use must accept cookies, run Adobe Flash, and run JavaScript.

We recommend the below browsers and plug-ins for the best online learning experience

  • Minimum Internet Bandwidth
    Standard Definition (SD) videos: 5 Mbps
  • High Definition (HD) videos: 8 Mbps

Computer Operating System

  • PC: Windows XP or newer
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or newer

Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or above
  • Firefox support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Safari support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Google Chrome support for most recent 2 public versions

Browser Plug-ins
Flash Player version or higher. Go to Adobe Flash Player to install the latest version.

Note: APIC Education Online is a mobile-responsive website however, devices running iOS (like iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are not able to display course content at this time, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.
Technical support: eLearning@apic.org

Cancellation Policy

APIC must receive all cancellations in writing within 30 days of purchase if you have not yet started the course. If you have started the course, you must submit your cancellation within 7 days of the start day to be eligible for a refund.

Please submit cancellation requests to eLearning@apic.org or via fax to (202) 789-1899. Courses are non-transferrable and remain with the original registered individual regardless of position changes or employee departures.