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IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/1382/0
Title IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills | Facilities
Operational Start Date 03/10/2013
Operational End Date 31/12/2017
Total Units 19 Mandatory Units 16
Min Guided Learning Hours 110 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16


Registration Fee : £35.50 (excluding VAT) 

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (delivery rates may apply for postage to international centres). 


About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles (QCF) is a qualification aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of cleaning. The qualification is generic, so it is suitable for individuals working or intending to work in a variety of roles. In the mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of dealing with both routine and non-routine waste, health and safety and working with customers and others. There are a range of optional units allowing learners scope to choose those areas most relevant to them, including but not limited to external surfaces, confined spaces, food areas, glazing, facades, high risk areas, interiors, washrooms, electronic equipment, maintenance, repair, manual/ mechanical street cleaning, periodic cleaning, working at heights, water fed pole systems and internal cleaning of passenger transport. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

This qualification is the knowledge component of the Apprenticeship in Cleaning and Environmental Services: Cleaning and Support Services Pathway

Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to the Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning & Support Services Skills (QCF), which forms the competence component of the apprenticeship. They can also progress to a variety of qualifications in other areas or at higher levels, using credits already achieved as there is an overlap of units, including:

Level 2 Diploma in Cleaning Principles (QCF)

Level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services (QCF)

Level 2 Award in Cleaning Principles (Specialist Electronic Equipment) (QCF)

Unit Structure

IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles (QCF)


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