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Cleaning Principles - Level 2 Certificate

Expand your knowledge of health, safety & more…

This qualification aims to develop your understanding of the principles of decontamination and improve your practical skills, such as cleaning and waste management.

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Fully-funded by HM Government. Nationally Recognised Qualification Accredited by NCFE CACHE

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6 Week Course

4-5 hours of weekly study

About Cleaning Principles

Cleaning is one of the largest business sectors in the UK. It underpins many aspects of life today and is essential for the prevention of disease and spread of infection. 

People actively seek out clean, safe and comfortable environments, so having a highly skilled cleaning workforce is essential.

Health and Safety

This course will also expand your knowledge of health and safety and provide insight into infection control and regulations, such as RIDDOR and COSHH. 

Furthermore, unlike some other cleaning training courses, this course is available via distance learning – with no need to attend classroom/training sessions.

Please note: To complete this course, you will need to be observed by a witness completing specific cleaning skills as part of Unit 6. You will either need to be in a workplace where a manager or supervisor could be your witness, or if you are not currently in employment, you will need to have access to an appropriate witness who can observe you completing cleaning skills.

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Is it really free?

Simple answer – if you meet the eligibility criteria below, then, yes! No fee, no card details and no trial periods… 

We connect you with training providers that use the UK Government’s Adult Education Budget to fund the free online courses. 

Eligibility Criteria

Receive an accredited NCFE CACHE certificate

The certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing a nationally recognised qualification.

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The free online course is split into manageable units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles, you are required to successfully complete all course units

Dealing with routine and non-routine waste

In this unit, you will identify different types of waste and discover the procedures for handling and transferring hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Health and safety for the cleaning and support services industry

Within this unit, you will develop your understanding of health and safety legislation and regulations that apply to the cleaning and support services industry. This unit also highlights the importance of the correct use of equipment, materials and chemicals and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Working with customers and others in the cleaning and support services industry

In this unit you will discover how to communicate appropriately with customers and contribute to effective teamwork.

You will also develop your understanding of the importance of positive behaviour and attitudes, procedures for handling difficult customer situations and reasons to adapt communication to different audiences.

Infection control, RIDDOR and COSHH in cleaning settings

This unit will develop your understanding of infection control principles and how these apply in cleaning settings.

You will also discover the responsibilities of your role with regards to the Reporting of Injuries, Dangerous Diseases and Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management

This unit will develop your understanding of the importance of maintaining a clean environment. This unit covers workplace cleaning schedules and procedures which should be followed if you have concerns over standards of hygiene.

You will also discover the principles of decontamination processes and effective waste management.

Cleaning of interiors and washrooms

This unit will ensure that you are able to prepare for cleaning of interiors and washrooms.

You will discover the importance of cleaning procedures, using the correct methods and cleaning to prescribed standards.

This unit requires a line manager or supervisor to observe you whilst demonstrating particular tasks in your role before completing a witness observation form. The witness observation form will act as evidence to prove that you are capable of certain skills.

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Is the course definitely free?

If you meet the eligibility criteria then YES!

We connect you with learning providers that use government funding, in the form of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Adult Educational Budget (AEB).

When can I start the free online course?

You can start as soon as your enrolment form and induction have been completed.

The process takes under 10 minutes!

How long will the free online course take?

The courses are designed to allow learners to fit their learning around their employment obligations and can be completed in a number of weeks or months, depending on the level. Our shorter courses are often completed within 3 weeks, whilst our longer lasting courses can take up to 3 months.

Is it all online?

Yes! All of our free courses are 100% online.

Is the qualification recognised by employers?

All of our courses are accredited by UK government-recognised awarding bodies. These include NCFE CACHE and TQUK, with whom we work closely to ensure our existing courses, and all new ones, meet approved standards of excellence and are certified as such. NCFE CACHE and TQUK are national awarding organisations that design, develops and certifies nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

All qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are the perfect way to boost any CV.

How many free online courses can I take?

You can only take one course at a time but you can take up to 7 in one academic year.

Do I need to sit an Exam?

No, there are no exams, all courses require you to complete assessment questions based on the knowledge you have just gained from the units.

Why am I required to upload such personal information?

The courses we offer are all funded qualifications, meaning you need to be eligible for government funding in order to secure your a place. This information is a funding requirement and proves your eligibility.

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