Working in the Cleaning Sector

Cleaners work in commercial and domestic environments where they play a key role in improving community health, hygiene and preventing the spread of infection. Having trained cleaners provides confidence to employers of their quality of service. Experienced cleaners may progress to become team leaders, supervisors or start their own cleaning business.

Careerforce offers nationally recognised qualifications and on-the-job training opportunities for cleaners, whether entry level or in specialist areas like healthcare facilities cleaning, carpet and textiles, contagion and specialised infection control, hard floor surfaces, food production and high risk environments.

Explore our Qualifications for the Cleaning Sector

The cleaning sector is looking for hard working employees ready to help improve community health and hygiene. If you want to advance your career as a cleaner, you can earn your New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning or discover a specialist area that is right for you. As a trained cleaner, you can help inspire confidence in clients or employers in the quality of service you provide.


Support your Cleaning Workforce with On-the-Job Training

Careerforce can support you to enhance your workforce’s skills and knowledge through our well resourced, on-the-job training programmes.

A Careerforce Workplace Advisor will work with you to determine which qualifications are right for your workforce. Together, we’ll develop a comprehensive training plan and discuss steps to set up your training. We will also guide you through funding opportunities to support the growth of your employees.


Working as a cleaner,
the most important thing for
me is that I can walk away
and feel like I’ve made
a difference to the residents.

Haley Taylor | Laura Fergusson Trust Facilities Cleaner

Cleaning News & Articles

13 May 2020

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11 May 2020

Recognising the essential role and responsibili...

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20 September 2019

Careerforce Celebrates 25 Years

On Thursday 19 September, Careerforce celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this day, back in 1994,...
28 June 2019

Cleaning Qualification a First for Corrections

A woman in Arohata Prison is the first to achieve a cleaning qualification while in prison. The l...
21 May 2019

Transforming the training landscape

Training for commercial cleaning faces rapid change needing to adapt to new technologies, increas...
15 March 2019

Training makes cleaners mindful

What would being mindful bring to cleaning? Safety. Cleaners become mindful after putting them th...
18 January 2019

Training journey helps cleaner move towards man...

“As a cleaner, you sometimes feel that you’re at the bottom of the hierarchy. Sometimes it’s nice...
News Event
15 November 2018

Industry training is the better investment

'Via industry training, we are investing in skilled and passionate people,' says Careerforce Inte...
6 November 2018

New Employer Newsletter – Skills for Good

We’d like to introduce the first issue of our newsletter for employers – Skills for G...
5 September 2018

Training staff in chemical-free cleaning means ...

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Claire Underwood was left inspired, motivated and eager to learn more ...
10 April 2017

ADHB cleaning staff struck by study bug

Veteran hospital cleaner Lise Taisalika has caught the professional development bug and is on a m...
2 November 2015

Innovation needed to upskill the health and wel...

Careerforce introduces apprenticeship training in the health and wellbeing, disability, mental he...

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