How to become a cleaner
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 1 Award in Cleaning
- Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could do a Healthcare cleaning operative intermediate apprenticeship.
This is useful if you would like to work in hospitals, care homes or other places that need to clean to a high standard to control infection.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply for jobs with cleaning companies or any organisation that employs their own cleaners. There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need to show employers that you're reliable and able to do the job.
Experience can help, particularly if you're looking for specialised cleaning work.
You can find out more about careers in cleaning from The British Institute of Cleaning Science.