I recently took the Green Clean Institute’s Certified Technician Training. It consisted of two courses, GCIC Technician 101 and GCIC Technician 102. Even after 20 years of actively perusing cleaning industry knowledge, I was pleased with the information and the direction the materials took. This is not Cleaning 101, this is Green Cleaning 101 (and 102, I guess.) If you need to learn how to swing a mop, re-finish floors or clean windows and carpet, then I would recommend acquiring those skills prior to taking attending this class. The focus of these courses is personal health and the concepts of Green Clean Compliance.
Green Clean Institute Technician Certification
The 101 section works with the history of and evolution of green cleaning, green business and how cleaning green relates to business along with other attributes that add to green in cleaning programs. There are procedures, responsibilities and federal regulations that are covered. If you are new to the world of green cleaning or a green fanatic, this spells it all out in a nice, neat package.
In the 102 section, topics include the impact of green products, how they differ from traditional cleaning products and how to evaluate them. It also covers green cleaning techniques and procedures, source reduction, recycling and staff training among other related topics.
Since these were “in person”, classroom style classes, there were opportunities to ask questions and have brief, open debate on the subject matter. At the end of each section, a multiple choice test is given, that is then submitted to The Green Clean Institute for technician certification. Once the course has been successfully completed, the federally trademarked seal and title of Certified Green Cleaning Technician may be used by the individual technician as credentials. This certification can be upgraded at any time through continuing education or certification advancement
Green Clean Institute also offers courses for Manager and Executive as well as Certified Firm education and certifications as well.
In the cleaning industry, it is hard to find non-bias education especially on the subject of green cleaning. With the quickly expanding desire for businesses and organizations to become green, there is a need for standardized education that teaches real world information on green cleaning. Although mainly the basics, this course work covered all the bases for any staff to be able to work, converse, and think with the proper knowledge of what green cleaning really is. After all, it is not what you buy that makes you green, it is what you know.