National infection control skills set: Training workers online to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Image: Claire Tao

The VE design team were given an important task recently; to create 3 stand-alone skill sets to train industry workers. People working in retail, food handling and transport & logistics, can be trained on compliance policies and procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

An existing Basecomp unit (HLTINF001 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures) was used as a foundation. Basecomps were created by the VE design team as courses that can be contextualised and edited to be used across multiple programs.

I’m going to recap how the team used this foundation and turned it into 3 stand-alone online and contextualised skill sets.

Scope for the project:

  • Skill sets must be contextualised to the industry
  • Skill sets must be assessed online and in the workplace
  • Skills sets contain the unit of competency HLTINFCOV001 and must include relevant information on COVID-19 and how to play an active-roll in decreasing the spread of the coronavirus
  • Must be completed within 3 weeks.

Assessment lead design

As always, we started with assessment lead design. The assessments within the existing Basecomp unit called for ‘in-class activities’ with infection control procedures that would not be required for these industry workers.

The practical assessments components were altered and contextualised, allowing the student to record their assessment in their workplace. They involved the students taking real life measures to help stop the spread of infections (like coronavirus) in their workplace. This met the needs of the training package while also giving more flexibility to the assessment and avoided bringing another person into the workplace.

The learner

We developed a video on how to record the practical assessments in the workplace. There is a likelihood some of the learners will not have had any formal training, so this will aid the quality of their submission.

Infection control video still

We also included contextualised workplace policies and procedures to support the learner with applying infection control in their workplace.


The content was then altered and contextualised to the requirements of the specific industries and to match the new assessments. This includes link outs, specific industry requirements and documentation, H5P learning activities, Canvas learning activities and text.

As an example, we used a branching scenario called ‘Spill emergency activity’. The concepts within the activity are similar, but you can see the animated workers are in different industries.

Infection control spill activity image


The content was then viewed by the subject matter expert (SME). We needed to make a few changes to ensure the needs of each industry were met.


The project came in on-time and will be available for people working in the specific industries before the end of July.

Overall, this project is a great example of updating and altering existing learning material to meet a current need. We hope it helps to support industry workers who may be exposed to COVID-19 and help stop the spread.