COVID-19 has raised public awareness of the need for high standards of cleaning as a measure contributing to the health and safety of people. The cleanliness of private and public places is now more important than ever. A national project is underway to review and update the qualifications and skills standards for cleaning to reflect current work functions and industry practices. To find out more about the proposed changes to strengthen the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations; to expand the Certificate IV in Cleaning to enable specialisations in Management or Disaster Cleaning and Restoration and to discontinue the Certificate II see below.

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Public awareness of the need for high standards of cleaning as an important measure contributing to the health and safety of people has been heightened by COVID-19.

A national project is underway to review and update the qualifications and skills standards for cleaning to reflect current work functions and industry practices. To find out more about the proposed changes to strengthen the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations; to expand the Certificate IV in Cleaning to enable specialisations in Management or Specialty Cleaning and Restoration and to discontinue the Certificate II, see below.

Validation Consultation Round

Thanks to all who have provided feedback on the proposed changes to the national training products for the cleaning industry. Adjustments have been made to address the feedback and the revised drafts are available as downloads below.

The occupational standards have been rationalised and streamlined to remove duplication. There are 28 units of competency, including six newly created units for specialty cleaning.

The Certificate III in Cleaning Operations has been refreshed with updated units and improved packaging. It offers flexibility to develop fundamental skills and knowledge required by professional cleaners, as well as depth to support the development of skills related to periodic cleaning, and breadth to acquire skills transferable to different workplace contexts.

The Certificate IV in Cleaning has two streams which enable an outcome in either management or specialist cleaning and restoration. Both streams provide career pathways.

Deletion of Certificate II in Cleaning

Unlike the universal support received for the proposed changes to the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations and the Certificate IV in Cleaning, the consultation process revealed that deletion of the Certificate II in Cleaning was not supported by a small group of stakeholders.

The Certificate II is proposed for deletion because there is not a clear distinction in the workplace job roles between it and the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations. Most units in the Certificate II duplicate functions in a corresponding unit in the Certificate III with insufficient differentiation between the skills and knowledge required to perform the task to justify retaining two units. The streamlining of the units makes the Certificate II unviable.

The stakeholders objecting to the deletion of Certificate II in Cleaning are delivering the qualification to specific cohorts, such as learners with a disability and learners in correctional services.

The project acknowledges the many individuals who experience disadvantage including Indigenous learners, learners with a disability, learners from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, people who are unemployed, or have low levels of prior educational attainment (not having attained Year 12 or an AQF certificate III or above).

Improving participation and success in VET for disadvantaged learners, Lamb, S, Maire, Q, Walstab, A, Newman, G, Doecke, E & Davies, M, NCVER, Adelaide, 2018.

A skill set, Introduction to cleaning operations which provides entry level skills, is proposed for learners for whom a full qualification may not be suitable. The skill set also provides a pathway into the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations.

For stakeholders looking to meet the needs of disadvantaged learners who require support with language, literacy, and numeracy skills, strengthening of employability skills and a vocational pathway, the FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, contextualised for cleaning, is suggested as an option. A sample qualification is available in the downloads below.

Have your say - feedback opportunities

We welcome comments on the drafts by Friday 23 April 2021.

There are several ways you can provide feedback and comment:

1. Feedback Link

Submit feedback online by following our feedback form link.

2. Email the project team directly

Download the proposed unit, skill set or qualification and mark up the document with your comments. Attach the documents with your feedback added and email to: frances@artibus.com.au.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND FEEDBACK
Cleaning industry validation

CURRENT PROJECT DOWNLOADS
Certificate III units of competency
Certificate IV units of competency
Cleaning Issues Register
Cleaning Mapping Information Summary
CPP30321 Certificate III in Cleaning Operations
CPP40421 Certificate IV in Cleaning
Example - FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways contextualised for cleaning
Proposed Skill Set
PROJECT CONTACT
Contact: Frances Lamb
Due for submission on the 30th of June, 2021
Project last updated: April 2021
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