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Development Spotlight: Cleaning Principles

In this month's development spotlight, we take a look at some upcoming qualifications within the Facilities Management sector.


The first development, which should be available for registrations in the next two weeks, is the IQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles. This qualification is aimed at individuals looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of cleaning and the content is generic, allowing it to be applied to a wide range of cleaning roles.

The qualification also forms the knowledge component of the Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship in Cleaning and Environmental Services: Cleaning and Support Services Pathway, alongside the IQ Level 2 Award in Cleaning and Support Service Skills, which will give IQ a third core apprenticeship in this rapidly expanding sector.

A number of the units from this qualification will also be available as standalone qualifications and we hope to have these available to centres shortly. These include the:

By developing these smaller awards in conjunction with the certificate, IQ hopes to provide centres with more flexibility when delivering this training. Students who prefer a more gradual progression will be able to earn the individual awards on their route to earning the certificate, whilst those looking for specialist training only can simply achieve the relevant single unit award.

For more information on these qualifications, or to gain approval for any of our facilities qualifications, please get in touch.

Apr 24, 2014 09:39 AM

FMA, CSSA and Asset Skills Confirm Merger

Asset Skills, CSSA and the FMA have confirmed merger plans following the board meetings of all three organisations.

The merger aims to provide effective trade body representation with a membership structure that encompasses corporate bodies, SMEs and service users.

All three organisations had previously operated independently in similar / complimentary roles: Asset Skills is the employer-led skills body for facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking. The Facilities Management Association (the FMA) is the UK’s leading representative trade body for employers in the FM sector engaged in delivering non-core services to a broad range of public and private organisations. The CSSA is a membership association for the cleaning and support services sector. It is the customers' guide to quality and reliability in the UK cleaning and support services market.

Sarah Bentley, Chief Executive at Asset Skills, commented: “We are thrilled to announce that the merger will happen following formal agreement from the boards. This is the beginning of a progressive and innovative organisation that will provide bespoke services and opportunities for each sector. We have some great plans developing and there will be more information regarding benefits announced shortly.”

The merger of the organisations will be finalised in November following approval of a special resolution by the members.

For more information, visit the respective organisation's websites below:

Sep 25, 2013 02:36 PM

Working at Heights qualification pilot puts safety first

Industry Qualifications, the first pan sector mutual awarding organisation in the UK, has approved Integer Training to offer an accredited qualification in Working at Heights; the IQ Level 2 Organisation Award in Working at Heights.

The course is designed to introduce both the knowledge and understanding that underpins safe practice as well as develop the skills required to work at height. Covering legislation appertaining to working at height and associated equipment, trainees consider basic risk assessment and protection against falls. From selecting suitable personal fall protection equipment and understanding its limitations, to pre-use checks, maintenance and disposal, the course provides a sound grounding in all aspects of working at height.

The development of the Working at Heights qualification has been undertaken in partnership with Specialist Training Consultants. Owned by Peter Gwilliam, with 30 years of experience as a fire fighter with the London Fire Brigade behind him, Peter has delivered Working at Height training over a number of years.

Peter said “At last, this basic course gives every fall protection user a qualification awarded by a nationally recognised awarding organisation.

The pilot course ran last week for an international company, was well received and a great success. Trainees enjoyed the practical nature of the course, with its emphasis on skills to ensure safe and efficient work at height, including use of a full body harness, energy absorbing lanyards and work positioning techniques moving both vertically and horizontally. Techniques and skills are initially introduced at low heights, and only when the basics are mastered do we progress the trainee to more exposed locations.”

Integer Training worked with Specialist Training Consultants to refine the programme and submit it for accreditation to Industry Qualifications. Paddy Frost, Managing Director of Integer Training, said:

“We can see a wide range of applications for this training, including those working in industrial, agricultural and commercial settings. We are already looking to develop a version for event stewards and stage technicians who work at heights, particularly those working in green field sites and stadiums.”

Further details for editors

Integer Training

Founded in 1989, Integer is firmly established as a national provider of quality training Graded 1 Outstanding by Ofsted. It is a partner in a National Centre of Excellence with Skillsactive.

Integer operates as a ‘virtual academy’ - an administrative hub with a spoke structure for networking and outreach provision. It has an impressive portfolio of courses many of which can attract funding support through a direct contract with the SFA or a network of Colleges of FE that the company collaborates with.

Integer wrote, and was the first training provider in the UK to deliver, the original nationally certificated award in Door Supervision.

The company works with its partners to build their capability to deliver a range of vocationally orientated courses and business development solutions which are internationally recognised for their standards of excellence and become first choice for their clients.

17 Efford Business Park, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8LT                    
General Enquiries: 0845 130 6263
Email:           Web:

Specialist Training Consultants

Specialist Training Consultants Ltd was established in 1997, and has been supplying working at height training, equipment and service/inspection, for a wide range of commercial and local authority customers. The company consists of ex-members of the UK fire service and has tried to bring a flexible and cost effective solution to working at height and rescue.

7 Rugby Close, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 3PQ
Tel: 01323 872308                   Fax: 01323 700999
Email: Web:

Mar 29, 2012 09:46 PM