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Careerforce is excited to announce that the first of our New Zealand qualifications arising from the Mandatory Review has been listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

The New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) with optional endorsement in Health Care Facilities Cleaning was listed yesterday on the NZQF and is the result of nearly 3 years of work. The Mandatory Review of cleaning qualifications took place late in 2011 under the Building Service Contractors ITO (BSCITO) and came under Careerforce’s coverage when the two ITOs merged at the end of 2012.

The purpose of this new cleaning qualification is to:

  • maintain professional standards for the cleaning industry by recognising the knowledge and practical skills needed to provide cleaning services.
  • provide a pathway for career development in the cleaning industry.

It is suitable for people who are entering the cleaning industry and is also designed to recognise the skills and knowledge of those already employed in the cleaning industry.

The Health Care Facilities option builds on the core skills and knowledge to recognise the skills required for cleaning in a health care facility.

Careerforce is now working on an industry training programme that will lead to this qualification. A programme outlines the learning and assessment options and requirements necessary to achieve the qualification. Careerforce anticipates submitting this programme and its unit standards to NZQA for approval and registration within the month.

The New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) replaces the National Certificate in Cleaning and Caretaking (Level2). The National Certificate will still be able to be used until the end of 2016.

Careerforce is currently developing New Zealand qualifications across the health, aged support, mental health, disability, social services, youth work, cleaning and pest management sectors as a result of the NZQA Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ) process.