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4. A Licence to Practice - BICSc

Fri 24 Apr 2015 05:44:00 PM EEST

Following the launch of the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS) in March 2011, the Institute launched its Licence to Practice in May 2012, an endorsement of the Institute’s Mission Statement:

- Protecting the Operative
- Providing a Clean and Safe Environment
- Preserving Assets
- Promoting Sustainability
- Producing Best Practice

What is CPSS?
All of the tasks from the COPC, FPCC and HPCC schemes have been reviewed, updated and have all been merged into one suite of skills, the Cleaning Professional Skills Suite. The intension is to develop the number of skills within the suite to reflect industry needs.

Centres will no longer be able to register and certificate candidates for COPC, FPCC and HPCC from 31.03.2013. If you currently deliver from these schemes, your Verifier will be contacting you to offer the opportunity to convert to CPSS. Accredited prior learning from the above schemes will still be valid.

What and how do I get a BICSc Licence to Practice?
The BICSc Licence to Practice is achieved by an individual upon the successful completion of the three mandatory skills from the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite - Chemical competence, Equipment safe use and care, and Safe storage of equipment and materials.

These mandatory skills are the underpinning knowledge required by every cleaning operative regardless of the environment they work in.

Chemical Competence – The candidate will be required to demonstrate the safe and correct dilution of chemicals, using various measuring apparatus and chemicals.

Equipment Safe use and care – The candidate will be required to demonstrate the safe use and care of various items of electrical and non-electrical equipment.

Storage of Equipment and Materials – The candidate will be required to demonstrate safe methods of storing chemicals, materials and electrical/non-electrical equipment.

Why have BICSc introduced the Licence to Practice?
The contract cleaning industry continues to be largely unregulated, with the exceptions of HR and Health & Safety Legislation. The BICSc Licence to Practice is a continued endeavour to support the BICSc Mission Statement.

Who should hold a BICSc Licence to Practice?
Anyone who works in the cleaning profession should have a BICSc Licence to Practice. Whether you are in a managerial position or operational, the skills required to obtain the BICSc Licence to Practice are relevant.

How long does a Licence to Practice last for?
The Licence to Practice is valid for three years. Anyone who holds the BICSc Licence to Practice will be required to be reassessed on the three mandatory units and reapply.

The mandatory unit skills do not last indefinitely. As with any manual skill if you ‘don’t use it you lose it!’ If in the event a person fails the assessments, refresher training and reassessment is expected to take place.

What features on the BICSc Licence to Practice?
The following items will feature on the BICSc Licence to Practice:

- Candidate name
- Candidate registration number
- Centre Name/Number
- Categories of equipment*
- Expiry date
*The items of equipment which have been selected by the Assessor for training and assessment. The candidate/cardholder will be deemed competent in the categories as identified on the Licence to Practice.

Does the BICSc Licence to Practice ensure an operative is fully trained in all areas of their role?
No. The BICSc Licence to Practice illustrates that an individual operative has been assessed and is competent in the mandatory skills; supporting the BICSc Misson. Additional training will be required if a Centre requires a person to have additional skills.

What is the benefit of the BICSc Licence to Practice?
For the employer, the BICSc Licence to Practice will evidence that a person is safe and competent in the use of chemicals; is safe and competent in the use of equipment and materials; is safe and competent in the storage of chemicals, equipment and materials. This contributes to the compliance of health and safety legislation.

For a candidate, the BICSc Licence to Practice will reassure individuals that they are safe and competent in the use of chemicals; is safe and competent in the use of equipment and materials; is safe and competent in the storage of chemicals, equipment and materials. Furthermore it is the first of many stepping stones for an operative to begin on the educational route towards full membership of the Institute.

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Pat O’Mara
Head of Group Operations

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