Personal Protective Equipment Certification Course (Online Modules)

First, do no harm. How do you keep yourselves, your patients, and your families safe when using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while caring for patients in isolation? The Personal Protective Equipment Certification Course aims to prepare healthcare providers to care for patients who require droplet and contact isolation on medical admission units in the Calgary Zone, assuring adherence to existing infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols and avoid exposure to suspected pathogens.


There are local guidelines, protocols and resources introduced in this course. They might not be applicable to clinical context outside of Calgary and Alberta.

Upon completion of the online modules, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize and evaluate the indications for PPE use
  • Recognize the features of appropriate hand hygiene
  • List the steps for donning and doffing PPE
  • List the indications for N95 mask use
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • There are required learning activities in the course, such as reviewing video materials, viewing and downloading PDF resources, responding to questions and responding to some course evaluation survey questions.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages (except the ‘Quiz’ which will auto-advance users when passed). Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: Please be aware that it will take you approximately one hour to complete the modules. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.
  • CME Certificate / Certificate of Completion for the Online Modules: Once you have completed the modules, you will find the ‘Print Your Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.

This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 1.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Permission has been granted for presenting education videos, posters and information sheets created by Alberta Health Services in the modules.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was co-developed with Calgary Medicine Emergency-Pandemic Operations Command (MEOC) and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Planning committee members and primary authors have no potential conflict interest related to the course program to disclose.
Faculty/Planning CommitteeCredentialsDisclosureAffiliation
Irene W.Y.MaMD, PhD, FRCPC,American College of Physicians (non-profit)Honoraria (Teaching honoraria; none are for-profit organizations) –
ACP, AIUM, Cornell University, University of Alberta, Sonography Canada, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Canadian Thoracic Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Pediatric Nephrology Association, Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society

Speakers’ bureau – American College of Physicians (Governor, Alberta Chapter of ACP (volunteer position));  American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine  (3rd Vice President of AIUM (volunteer position))

Clinical Trials – University of Calgary (Office of Health & Medical Education Scholarship research grant; Chair Holder, John A Buchanan Chair in General Internal Medicine)

Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Rahim KachraMD EdM FRCPCNothing to DiscloseClinical Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Corrinne PidhorneyRN, BN, CICHonoraria: Alberta Health ServicesInfection Control Professional – Consultant
Ghazwan AltabbaaMD MSc FRCPCNothing to DiscloseCertified Healthcare Simulation Educator Clinical Simulation Director, Rockyview Simulation,  IMRP Associate Program Director, RGH IMRP
Douglas WoodhouseMD BScEng CCFPNothing to DiscloseMedical Director, Alberta Physician Learning Program
Utkarsh SubnisPhD, MBBSNothing to DeclareEducation Consultant, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Rahim Kachra MD EdM FRCPC (Co-Chair)
Corrinne Pidhorney RN BN CIC
Ghazwan Altabbaa MD MSc CHSE FRCPC
Douglas Woodhouse MD BScEng CCFP
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

Primary authors: Dr. Ghazwan Altabbaa, Corrinne Pidhorney (IPC consultant) and Dr. Vanessa Meier-Stephenson
Teaching faculty: Simulation educators and IPC professionals

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