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Understanding BICSc Membership & Training


BICSc was founded in 1961 and is a membership and training organisation, part of our mission is to raise standards within the cleaning industry through education and training.

It is not now, (and never has been) for us to judge who should hold a BICSc qualification or become a member. What we do ask is that our members abide by our code of conduct, of which can be found here.

It is indeed true that there are no hard and fast rules set out for those who wish to start up a cleaning company or offer cleaning services.  Those who are running professional organisations will tell you that there is an expectation for industry knowledge and professionalism to be applied. In some cases, clients will ask for the organisation/individual they are engaging the services of to have accreditation and/or qualifications, or at a minimum be a member of a recognised association such as BICSc.

We appreciate that at a time like this, some people will want to double check if an individual has received BICSc training – we would suggest, in the first instance that you ask to see their up to date certificates/skill card. If this proof cannot be shown, then we would be happy to check their training status.

We will deal with our logo’s being misused, and we will deal with matters that directly relate to our organisation – It is impossible for us to constantly monitor social media platforms seeking out those who may not be, shall we say…..genuine.

We would also like to take this opportunity to point out that matters that do not relate to our organisation directly are not for us to deal with.  

We understand that some people may have received BICSc accredited training in the past under the Cleaning Operatives Proficiency Certificate scheme (COPC).  The COPC scheme was replaced in 2013 with The Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite (CPSS) – this is a suite of over 40 skills where candidates can learn skills such as damp wiping, cylindrical brush cleaning, washroom cleaning and so on.

Anyone who holds certificates from the COPC scheme are welcome at any time to contact us, we can offer assistance as to what needs to be done to update these qualifications, out of date skills that have not been retrained are now considered out of date, things change!  

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the face of the cleaning industry has changed dramatically, expectations are high (as they should be when it comes to cleaning and hygiene). Our training offering is vast, and upon completion of any of our training, the candidate should have an understanding of the principles of the tasks that they will be carrying out when they return to their places of work safely, effectively and efficiently – these 3 things alone are imperative.

We currently have a membership of over 40,000, made up of Individual, Corporate and Accredited Training Members.  With regards to the logo usage – Only Corporate and Accredited Training Members are allowed to use BICSc logos of the same names, these are verified, and have a set of rules attached. 

We are here to support those working within our industry, and we are pleased that we are able to resume Licence to Practice training from the 14th July at our Training Suite in Northampton. This is accredited face to face training, where the candidate will, upon completion of training and assessment receive a skills card, bearing their photo. Licence to Practice has a 3 year renewal policy.


To find out more about becoming a member click here.

To see our upcoming training dates click here

Our Mission

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry with over 40,000 Individual and Corporate Members in the UK and Internationally.

To raise the standards of education and to build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training, thereby; 

Protecting the Operative


Providing a Clean and Safe Environment


Preserving Assets


Promoting Sustainability


Producing Best Practice

Contact Us

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Boarden Close
Moulton Park

Tel: +44 (0)1604 678710

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