Hygiene and Cleaning

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop in a learner, the foundational, practical and reflexive competencies required for a career in the Hygiene & Cleaning Services Industry.

Central to the qualification is the development of a culture of quality service and professionalism in a cleaning services environment. This qualification intends to produce cleaners who can find gainful employment in the cleaning industry.

This qualification will enable learners to access learning in a related field (e.g. Hospitality, Health Care, Wholesale and Retail, Food Production or Manufacturing etc), or a related branch of cleaning (e.g. Industrial, Hospital, Car Wash, Dry Cleaning and Laundry, Garden Services, Aircraft Cleaning or Textile Cleaning etc.).



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  • Unit Standard Title: Hygiene & Cleaning
  • SAQA Qualification ID: 57937
  • Credits:¬†120
  • NQF Level: 1

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  1. Clean above floor surfaces
  2. Clean toilets and bathrooms
  3. Manage personal finances
  4. Practice good health and grooming habits
  5. Provide good customer service in a cleaning services environment
  6. Remove spots and spillages from carpets and upholstery
  7. Sweep floors
  8. Understand basic cleaning principles
  9. Use chemicals in the cleaning services environment
  10. Vacuum dry surfaces
  11. Wet mop floors
  12. Participate effectively in a team or group
  13. Analyse cultural products and processes as representations of shape, space and time
  14. Collect, analyse, use and communicate numerical data
  15. Critically analyse how mathematics is used in social, political and economic relations
  16. Demonstrate an understanding of and use the numbering system
  17. Describe and represent objects and the environment in terms of shape, space, time and motion
  18. Engage in a range of speaking/signing and listening interactions for a variety of purposes
  19. Explore and use a variety of strategies to learn
  20. Read/View and respond to a range of text types
  21. Use maps to access and communicate information concerning routes, location and direction
  22. Work with numbers in various contexts
  23. Write/sign for a variety of different purposes
  24. Clean floors using a single disc machine
  25. Demonstrate and understanding of sexuality and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS


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