SIPCEP Foundation layer

Please note: The SIPCEP Foundation Layer modules contain information on Standard Infection Control Precautions.

For guidance to be used in Scotland for COVID-19 go to the Health Protection Scotland COVID-19 web page.

For specific learning materials on COVID-19 please go to the TURAS Learn COVID-19 page.


SIPCEP Foundation Pathway

Welcome to the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway - Foundation Layer. 

All learning resources on this site are free to use.


What do you have to complete?

Check with your line manager / tutor / course leader to determine which resources are appropriate and/or mandatory.

Learning outcomes for all modules are available: SIPCEP foundation layer learning outcomes

You DO NOT have to complete all the resources in this pathway!

Before you start, please read the Guide for Learners and Line Managers / Course Leaders.

Please provide feedback

At the end of each module you will find a link to an online feedback form. We would be grateful if you could complete this.  Please note that feedback is anonomous, you will not be asked for personal identifiable information.

For any queries about the pathway please check the SIPCEP Frequently Asked Questions page or contact

Accessing learning materials

Apart from modules you can also access other learning resources like videos, job aids, tips sheets and other documents, which you are free to browse and use.

Please note: Depending on your location, some of the links (e.g. for videos) might be blocked by your local IT team.

The modules should take between 15 and 30 minutes each to complete.

Access each topic area from the list on the left.


Completion, assessment and certificates

Each elearning module (e.g. Hand Hygiene) has a content module and a separate assessment module with 10 questions. Please:

1. Launch the content module and complete. Then close the content module. There is NO assessment in the content module.

2: Then launch the assessment module and complete.

NB. You will have 'completed' the module (e.g. Hand Hygiene) once you have undertaken both the module and the assessment.

An individual certificate is available for each elearning module.