Stan Atkins FBICSc looks at some of the common misunderstandings around BICSc.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science is a Trade Association.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science is not a Trade Association. It is a membership organisation.
BICSc provides one form of corporate membership.
BICSc provides three forms of corporate membership.
- Corporate Members are contractors who wish to improve the standards within the cleaning industry.
- Supporting Corporate Members who have a direct connection to the cleaning industry and wish to support BICSc but do not train or accredit to BICSc standards.
- Accredited Corporate Members who can deliver BICSc certificated training and meet the minimum criteria required by the institute.
“We train to BICSc standard”
Oh no you don't! You may train using BICSc materials and assessors, but unless the third party accreditation certificate or Licence to Practice is issued the Institute will not support claims made by any contractor or organisation.
Anyone involved in the cleaning industry can be an Individual Member of BICSc.
This is not correct there are only two distinct routes to Individual Membership.
The Industry Experience Route
- Where an individual may become an Associate Member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (ABICSc). The requirements for this grade are: one year in the industry and relevant experience.
- Alternatively the individual may become a Member of The British Institute of Cleaning Science (MBICSc). The requirements for this grade are; Five years in the industry and relevant experience.
The Education Route
For individuals who are involved in BICSc accredited training schemes
- Student Member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (SBICSc) is for individuals who are following a recognised certificated training course i.e. Apprenticeships, and BICSc qualifications.
- Practitioner of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (PBICSc) is for individuals who have completed the Licence to Practice and are proficient in the mandatory units.
- Competent Member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (CBICSc) is for individuals who have achieved one or more competences from the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite (CPSS).
- Licenced Assessors of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (LBICSc). This grade is verified directly by the institute itself, and allows the licence holder to train and/or assess candidates, subject to satisfactory outcomes they may request certificates to be issued by the Institute to successful candidates.
- Technician of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (TBICSc). Individuals who have completed specific modules of multiple skills to obtain a technical certificate. A technical certificate verified by the institute or their associates e.g. Food Premise Cleaning Certificate (FPCC).
Anyone who has been in the industry for a long time can become a Fellow of the Institute.
A fellowship is an honour that can only be bestowed by the National BICSc Council to individual who have given outstanding service to the institute to the institute and industry at large.
Stan Atkins C&M December 2014