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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 31/07/2017
Total Units 19 Min Credit 13
Min Guided Learning Hours 110 Max Guided Learning Hours 110
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.50

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 (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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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)

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification, learners have to achieve a minimum of 13 credits. 6 credits must come from the Mandatory Group and a minimum of 7 credits from the Optional Group.

IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles (QCF)


All units in this qualification are assessed by portfolio (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ). An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

All competence-based assessment criteria in this qualification must be assessed by practical demonstration which demonstrates the learner’s competence. Holistic assessment is recommended where one activity will demonstrate more than one assessment criterion. Practical demonstrations do not have to be carried out in the workplace but they should be carried out in realistic working environments appropriate to the relevant units.

All knowledge-based assessment criteria in this qualification must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding, these can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay
  • Other

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must be sector competent and possess relevant knowledge up to at least the level of this qualification. They should hold a teaching or assessor qualification.

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.

Centres must be able to provide realistic suitable settings and equipment that will enable learners to carry out all the necessary tasks to fulfil the assessment criteria of the relevant units.



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