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YOU ARE WHAT YOU KNOW, SO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW IT ALL WITH THE LATEST QUALIFICATIONS FROM THE BRITISH INSTITUTE OF CLEANING SCIENCE.


For the last 50 years the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has worked tirelessly to improve standards within the cleaning industry. They have had much success throughout the years and training is now rightfully considered by many to be a necessity, as opposed to a luxury.


In their efforts to continually improve the quality and standard of training and education, BICSc will be introducing two new qualifications in the first quarter of this year, the fully funded Level One Certificate in Cleaning, and the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS) assessment scheme. Both of these qualifications will give people the opportunity to return to learning, enabling them to measure their skills and gain confidence, whilst giving them practical hands on training.


The Level One Certificate in Cleaning The Level 1 Certificate in Cleaning is a great opportunity to help people to achieve skills and qualifications. The new qualification has been accredited to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF – reference number 501/1238/7). A major advantage of the qualification is that it is eligible for funding via the Skills Funding Agency, under their delivery programme, the adult learner responsive provision.


It is ideal for people who are looking to enter the cleaning sector for the first time or who have no qualifications in cleaning. Students will have the opportunity to learn the essential skills that are required to help them in their daily work. The qualification can be delivered in the workplace if required, allowing minimal impact on time spent away from the place of employment.


Key benefits of the qualification include: • It attracts Government funding.


• It can be delivered in the workplace or in a college setting.


• The programme caters for the real needs of companies.


• Learners will receive personal mentoring and coaching throughout the programme.


• The qualification is suitable for cleaning operatives, housekeepers, industrial cleaning operatives, supervisors, team leaders and apprentices.


The Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS) The BICSc Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS) is the newly improved assessment scheme for accredited training in the cleaning industry. The Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite will initially run alongside the Cleaning Operators Proficiency Certificate (COPC),


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and will include three mandatory units that are for the safety of the operatives, the users of the building and the sustainability of the building. These are: chemical competence, equipment safe use and care, and storage of chemicals and equipment. There will also be 25 core skills to be delivered, as well as specialist skills available (some of which are still in development) to suit all environments and their requirements.


With 25 different skills to choose from, the CPSS has been designed to be much more flexible for businesses. Previously operatives would have to complete 10 skills with each stage of a Certificate within COPC. The CPSS allows candidates to only have to learn what is directly relevant to them and the environment that they clean within. The CPSS will be launched at the Cleaning Show at the NEC from the 1st - 3rd March. To find out more about the qualification please visit BICSc on their stand D9.


Please contact BICSc on 01604 678710 for further information on any of their qualifications or accredited training schemes.


www.bics.org.uk


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