The Professional Body for Environmental Hygiene (PBEH) launched the Occupational Qualification: Commercial Cleaner Level 1 at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge on 1 September. The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to function as a commercial cleaner who is then equipped to clean offices, retail facilities, construction sites and other commercial properties using chemicals, cleaning tools and equipment. In addition, learner attributes (including problem solving, interpreting information and communication) are integrated into the learning process. Learners will have to prove competence of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, responsibilities, and tasks embedded in the qualification.

Upon qualification the commercial cleaner will be enabled to:

  • Plan and prepare for cleaning operation
  • Clean different types of surface
  • Conduct end-of-task studies

The launch event hosted guest speakers Tobile Gqili representing the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) and Nomfezeko Vendle representing the ServiceSETA who addressed issues relating to accreditation and industrial qualifications respectively. PBEH manager and board member Felicity Kent concluded proceedings with her address pertaining to Legacy vs Occupational Qualification and Commercial Cleaner learning material.

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