Infection Control Questions and Answers


Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to infection control courses and training.

Q1. Who must have this training?

A1. All dentists, dental hygienists, licensed practical nurses, optometrists, podiatrists, and registered nurses; All physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants who are licensed by New York State. See chart under General FAQ

Q2. How often must this training be done?

A2. At initial licensing and every four years thereafter at the time of license renewal.

Q3. Where is the requirement for this training found?

A3. For the first group of professionals listed above (dentists, dental hygienists, licensed practical nurses, optometrists, podiatrists, and registered nurses), the citation is Section 6505-b of the Education Law. For physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants, the requirement is found in Chapter 786 of the Laws of 1992

Q4. Who provides the training?

A4. New York State licenses specific providers to give the training. Licensees’ credentials are reviewed at the time of application to ensure competence to deliver the training. Laboratory Consultation Services, Inc. lecturers and course writers have an average experience level with infection control of nearly 30 years.

Q5. What format is the training?

A5. This is at the option of the trainer and trainee and can include formal classroom lectures, video presentations, online courses, etc. Laboratory Consultation Services, Inc. provides both online training on this website and group training in person.

Q6. Is the training different for different professionals?

A6. Some providers are only permitted by New York State to provide training to specific professional groups. Laboratory Consultation Services, Inc. is permitted to train all professions. The online course is the same for all profession; the in-person course is customized for the audience group.

Q7. How long does the course/training take?

A7. Most trainees report times around 2 hours. Of course, you can stop at any time and continue later when you have more time.

Q8. What happens after I finish the course?

A8. There is a short exam to help us (and you) ensure that you have command of the material. Answer the questions on the designated form and when you're done, click submit. The quiz will be automatically scored to give you feedback on your mastery of the course.

Please note: the exam is not submitted to any regulatory authority. The purpose is, as stated above, to ensure that you have mastered the material

Q9. Do you report my results to New York State?

A9. No. New York State requires that licensed dentists, dental hygienists, licensed practical nurses, optometrists, podiatrists, and registered nurses report on a specified form (Form 1IC) to the State Education Department at the address on the form.

Physicians, Physician Assistants and Specialist Assistants who are affiliated with a hospital should give a copy of their Certificate of Completion to the office of the hospital responsible for professional credentialing. Those not affiliated with a hospital should send a copy to:

New York State Department of Health Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
P.O. Box 2051
Empire State Plaza Station
Albany, NY 12220-0051

Q10. Where do I get form 1IC?

A10. You may download a copy here from the State Education Department Office of the Professions.

Q11. What if I lose my certificate?

A11. You may go back and reprint it at any time.

Q12. Is this course/training eligible for continuing education credit?

A12. Yes. The number of contact hours depends on how long the course takes you (not including any interruptions, submission of payment and demographics, etc.). Our certificate shows two hours as this is the experience of many of our trainees. Whether or not you receive continuing education credit depends ultimately, of course, on the accrediting agency.


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