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Skills Training

The Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite

With close to 60 years experience, the British Institute of Cleaning Science has been raising the standards of the cleaning industry through accredited training for cleaning professionals. 

Each year thousands of cleaning professionals develop their skills and knowledge through CPSS skills training, which is recognised throughout the industry. 

The Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite has over 40 skills to choose from, allowing you to build and tailor your core cleaning competencies; whether you are new to the industry, looking to improve your knowledge or specialise in particular tasks. 

Three steps to CPSS accreditation

Complete the Licence to Practice

To progress through the Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite, candidates must complete Licence to Practice (LTP) training and assessment, this is a compulsory requirement before progressing onto Base, Additional, Specialist and Sector Specific Units.

LTP ensures candidates are competent, protected and can work safely using best practice.

Enhance your skills with Base Units and Additional Units

CPSS features a range of competent cleaning skills designed to enhance the knowledge of cleaning operatives. It is up to the individual or company to decide how many competent skills their operatives require.

All skills achieved will be listed on a skills card awarded to the candidate on completion of their training.

Become a cleaning specialist with our Specialist Units and Sector Specific Units

In addition to the Base and Additional Units there are also a variety of Specialist Units and Sector Specific Units available. These skills are ideal for cleaning operatives who work in a specific environment requiring specialist knowledge.

Any specialist skills that cleaning operatives achieve will be listed on a skills card awarded to the candidate on completion of their training.

Base Units

Base Units cover the skills that cleaning operatives use daily. These units can be selected on their own following the completion of the LTP, or combined with other skills from the Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite. For booking enquires please click here.

Additional Units

Additional Units are skills that cleaning operatives use frequently. These skills can be selected on their own following the completion of the LTP or combined with other skills from the Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite. For booking enquires please click here.

Specialist Units

Specialist Units are skills that give cleaning operatives enhanced knowledge in a specific area relating to their job role. These skills require Rules of Combination to ensure candidates have the foundation skills required before moving onto more Specialist Units. For booking enquires please click here.

Rules of Combination

The Rules of Combination outline the units that you must have completed to demonstrate your competency before you can gain Specialist Units. 

You must have a valid Licence to Practice to undertake these units (as per the Rules of Combination). 

For example, to achieve SU1, you must also have BU2, BU6 and AU5 (in addition to the Licence to Practice). 

Unit No.Specialist UnitsBase UnitsAdditional Units
SU1Bodily fluids and sharp objectsBU2, BU6AU5
SU2Bio-hazard decontamination cleaningBU2*BU9 or AU3, AU5
SU3Cleaning computersBU6, BU15None
SU4Cleaning liftsBU2, BU3, BU6AU5
SU5Carpet skimmingBU3AU2, AU7
SU6Carpet extraction cleaningBU3AU7
SU7Strip, dry and reapply emulsion polishBU1, BU2AU2, AU3
SU8Graffiti removal (minor)BU6AU5
SU9Chewing gum removalBU2, BU6AU5
SU10Steam cleaningBU2, BU6None
SU11Pressure washingNoneNone
SU12Machine sweepingBU4None
SU13High level dusting and cleaningBU2, BU3, BU6, BU15AU5
SU14Upholstery extraction cleaningBU3AU7

Sector Specific Units

Sector Specific Units are tailored for those working within in a specific area of the cleaning industry.  These units can be selected individually and offer enhanced  knowledge relating to the operatives job role. The BICSc Licence to Practice is a prerequisite for most Sector Specific Units, this ensures candidates have the foundation skills and competence to progress their career in cleaning. For booking enquires please click here.

Rules of Combination

The Rules of Combination outline the units that you must have completed to demonstrate your competency before you can gain Sector Specific Units. 

You must have a valid Licence to Practice to undertake these units (as per the Rules of Combination). 

UnitSector Specific UnitsBase UnitsAdditional Units
OPLOn Premises Laundry - Operative
Competence
NoneNone

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