Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite CPSS

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Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite CPSS

Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite CPSS is a course and certification offered from BICS – British Institute of Cleaning Science.

For more than 50 years the British Institute of Cleaning Science has been raising the standards of the cleaning industry through accredited training for cleaning professionals. Each year more than 1,000 professionals develop their skills and knowledge through CPSS skills training, which is recognized throughout the industry and worldwide.

Whether you are looking for one-off accredited and certified skills training or you are looking for approval to certificate your employees to BICSc standards Strategic Axis can help.

BICSc Accredited Training is an internationally acclaimed and recognized standard for the up-skilling of cleaning personnel. These programmes utilize hands-on practical training in cleaning operations, support the development of a wide range of cleaning skills and prepares people for a career in the cleaning industry.

What is the CPSS Qualification?

Launched in March 2011, the Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite CPSS is becoming the most widely used cleaning qualification in the UK and internationally.

The CPSS qualification includes three mandatory units, designed to ensure the safety of the cleaning operatives and the users of the building, and for the sustainability of the building.

Along with core skills in chemical competence, safe use and care of equipment and storage of equipment and materials, there are over 80 specialist areas including mop sweeping, wall washing and glass cleaning. Other subjects covered in this intensive course are single solution mopping, suction cleaning, dust, damp wipe and polish application.

The Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite CPSS has over 30 skills to choose from, allowing you to build and tailor your core cleaning competencies to your role; whether you are new to the industry, looking to improve your knowledge or specialize in particular tasks.

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  • COURSE TYPE Practitioner
  • DURATION 3 days


This course has the following objectives:

Understand the responsibilities to protect yourself and others in a cleaning environment

Gain core skills in chemical competence

Gain knowledge in selected specialist areas

These skills are ideal for cleaning operatives who work in a specific climate 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.


Participants who fully attend this course and complete the test on the last day will receive a Strategic Axis Professional Certificate (SAPC). SAPC certificates are regionally recognized and can be quite valuable when applying for more senior roles within the organization or outside.

In addition, all delegates have a chance to receive BICS certificate.



Module 1: Base Units

  • Dust control mop sweeping
  • Damp mopping
  • Vacuum cleaning
  • Manual brush sweeping
  • Emptying & cleaning general waste bins
  • Dusting/damp wiping of surfaces
  • Cleaning kitchen work surfaces [non-commercial]
  • Cleaning kitchen sinks
  • Auto scrubber drying
  • Glass cleaning
  • Cleaning hand hygiene basins
  • Cleaning toilet facilities
  • Cleaning washroom facilities
  • Care and preparation of a microfibre system

Module 2: Additional units

Spray cleaning hard floor surfaces
Buffing hard floors
Machine scrubbing & drying [with the wet suction machine]
Cylindrical brush machines
Washing surfaces
Polish application
Stain removal
Cleaning domestic refrigerators
Cleaning domestic microwaves
Cleaning domestic toasters
Cleaning telephones
Multi-bucket floor mopping
Cleaning squat toilets

Module 3: Specialist units

Body fluids & sharp objects
Biohazard decontamination cleaning
Cleaning computers
Cleaning lifts
Carpet skimming
Carpet extraction cleaning
Strip dry & reapply emulsion polish
Graffiti removal
Chewing gum removal (hard surfaces)
Steam cleaning
Pressure washing
Machine sweeping
High-level dusting
Upholstery extraction cleaning

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