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Hygiene and Cleaning Learnership

This Mindspa Institute Hygiene and Cleaning Learnership makes the connection between structured learning (theory) and work experience (practice) in order for the delegate to obtain a qualification that is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

General Education and Training Certificate

Hygiene and Cleaning Learnership


SAQA-ID 57937

Qualification Rules:

In keeping with SAQA requirements, the qualification is made up of unit standards that are classified as Fundamental, Core and Elective. A minimum of 120 credits is required to complete the qualification as follows:

Fundamental Component:

  • The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 39 credits all of which are compulsory.

Core Component:

  • The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 68 credits all of which are compulsory.

Elective Component:

  • The Elective Component consists of individual unit standards from which the learner must choose unit standards totaling a minimum of 13 credits.

Training Outline

Modular Outline of Learning Programme 

Skills Programme Unit Standard Unit Standard Level Total Credit
Introduction to Cleaning    243204 Understand basic cleaning principles 1 30
243203 Use chemicals in the cleaning services environment
7447 Working with numbers in various contexts
14084 Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system
Ablution cleaning 243206 Clean toilets and bathrooms 1 6
Kitchen cleaning 243205 Clean kitchens 1 6
Above the floor cleaning     243201 Clean above the floor surfaces 1 21
243197 Sweep floors
243199 Wet mop floors
243194 Vacuum dry surfaces
243198 Remove spots and spillages from carpets and upholstery
Environmental awareness 9909 Identify and process waste 2 4
Professional service and teamwork  243195 Provide good customer service in a cleaning services environment 1 6
114936 Participate effectively in a team or group
Life skills – Health   243193 Practice good health and grooming habits 1 13
14659 Demonstrate an understanding of factors that contribute towards healthy living
14656 Demonstrate an understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS
Life skills – Literacy     119631  Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn (was 12471)  1  23
119640  Read/view and respond to a range of text types (was 12469)
119636  Write/Sign for a variety of different purposes (was 12470)
119635 Engage in a range of speaking/signing and listening interactions for a variety of purposes (was 12462)
Life skills – Numeracy    7464 Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time 1 7
7451 Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data
7463 Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion
7461 Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction
Life skills - Finance  243189 Manage personal finances 1 10
744 Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations


Qualification Outcomes

  • Recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle by accepting own responsibility for life skills and wellness including HIV/AIDS.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the application of cleaning principles according to international/world class standards and best practice.
  • Clean generalised areas using cleaning principles according to international/world class standards and best practice.
  • Clean ablution areas using cleaning principles according to international/world class standards and best practice.
  • Clean floors using cleaning principles according to international/world class standards and best practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply environmental awareness during the cleaning process.

The qualification aims to:

  • Allow employees within the industry to identify and pursue a career within the Hygiene and Cleaning Industry.
  • Provide a vehicle to enhance the dignity of workers in this industry and develop their sense of pride and job satisfaction.
  • Develop a better understanding of the industry amongst employees.
  • Enhance a code of ethics that includes viable and sustainable environmental management practices.
  • Provide consistent quality and safety standards.
  • Educate learners, clients and society at large about hygiene, for the purpose of improving general health by implementing best practice cleaning methods.
  • Expose aspirant entrepreneurs to opportunities to enter the formalised cleaning industry thus stimulating the economy.

International Comparability

The competencies in this Qualification were compared with what are regarded by the South African industry as best practice internationally.

The content of training offered by the following internationally renowned organisations was regarded as useful for the comparability exercise:

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) courses which include the following:

  • Cleaning Basics A to Z Ref: 21016
  • Carpet Care/Hard Floor Care
  • Health Care Sanitation
  • Clean Room Training
  • The History of Sanitation - Ref: 10092

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training - IACET
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Guideline for Hand Washing and Hospital Environmental

Swiss Cleaning Technology - ISBN Code: 3-908678-04-8
The Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology

European Legislation for the Cleaning and Maintenance Industry - International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) 2000

Competencies contained in the above courses/programmes and legislations were used for the purposes of comparison but informed the Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification, its constituent Unit Standards and their Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria. Learners accessing this Qualification should develop the same competencies as are offered to and that are demanded of workers in this sector internationally.


Horizontal Articulation:

This qualification articulates well with the National Certificate: Domestic Services, Level 1.

Vertical Articulation:

This qualification articulates vertically with:

  • National Certificate: Accommodation Service, Level 2, 14110.
  • National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environment, Level 2, 48804.

It is recognised that Cleaning is a 'feeder' industry from which learners can move into other related sectors.

This qualification is designed as the first qualification in the learning pathway in the cleaning sector and is suited to the following occupations:

  • Cleaner
  • Laundry assistant.
  • Car wash attendant.
  • Garden services.
  • Relief cleaner.
  • Room attendants.
  • Ward hostess.
  • Domestic worker.
  • Sculler

The second qualification in the sector is suited to the following occupations:

  • Specialist cleaners in the cleaning industry (notably Textile, Laundry, Industrial and Health Care Cleaning).
  • Team Leaders.
  • Care givers.

Thereafter learners will access management qualifications, as they will assume positions of greater responsibility for the work of others in a team, company or organisation. They could move up to positions such as:

  • Municipal Waste/Environmental Health Officer.
  • Operations Manager in the Contract Cleaning Industry.
  • Laundry Manager.
  • Environmental Officer/Assembly Line Manufacturing.
  • Self-employment as independent cleaning contractor in the elective field of learning (e.g. Laundry, Contract Cleaning etc.).
  • Housekeeping Manager (Health Care Facilities, etc.).
  • Food Safety Officer (Food Production Facilities).
  • Internal auditor (quality systems) in the cleaning industry