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Building Service Worker - Customized & Contract Training

You can be job-ready in four weeks

From general custodial services in schools, hospitals, and offices to more specialized work in areas such as hotel housekeeping, the Building Service industry is looking for trained and knowledgeable cleaning personnel.

This four-week program will prepare you with the practical skills and technical knowledge for successful employment as a custodial worker. The program is offered at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, with 3 days of practical experience in locations around Victoria.

Program dates

Cancelled September 4-28, 2018

Location: Camosun College, Interurban campus

Please contact us at or 250-370-4771 for more details and to be included in the interest list for the next session.

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Funding eligibility

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition and textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Bus tickets may be provided if required. Sponsorship does not include living expenses.

Basic eligibility

All participants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria for funding:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • currently be living in British Columbia
  • not be a student (i.e., not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training)
  • at the time the training is to take place, not be participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program.

Employment categories

In addition, participants must belong to one of the following employment categories:

  • Unemployed (Non-EI Eligible)
  • No EI claim in the last 3 years; and,
  • No maternity or parental EI claim in the past 5 years
  • Underemployed
  • Employed, Low-Skilled

Participation requirements

Students should be:

  • in good physical condition
  • able to work standing for long periods of time
  • able to lift items weighing up to 20 pounds
  • able to read and write in English.

A recent criminal record check is recommended for the practicum assignment.

Training Modules

The Building Service Worker Program consists of the following course modules. Upon successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge outlined below.

Module Description
Essential Skills & Employment Transition Training

Students will gain essential skills for success in employment as they increase their awareness of employer expectations; explore career opportunities in the building service field; and practice their communication and job search skills.

Building Service Worker Level 1 Students learn the objectives and ground rules of cleaning, including: cleaning terminology; working with common cleaning chemicals; proper disinfection and sanitization of surfaces; “green” cleaning; organizing and planning approaches to work; operation of equipment; safe use of equipment and chemicals; trash handling; basic maintenance of equipment and tools; area cleaning techniques; and daily floor maintenance.
Building Service Worker Level 2: Hard Floor Care Students will learn correct maintenance procedures for a variety of resilient and hard surface flooring, including vinyl, concrete, terrazzo, marble, ceramic, tile, and wood floors. Topics include: cleaning, stripping, etching, sealing, and finishing hard floors; routine day-to-day maintenance and rotational maintenance; restoration, including UHS finishing; types, characteristics and application of sealers and finishes; sanitizing, disinfection and aseptic floor care; and how to use and care for equipment used in hard floor care.
Building Service Worker Level 3: Carpet Care Students will gain an understanding of commercial carpet cleaning as they learn: carpet cleaning terminology; use of common carpet cleaning chemicals; sanitization of fibres; cleaning theory; use of biological cleaners; mixing and using chemicals safely; organizing the work; and drying techniques. Students will learn and practice cleaning techniques including bonnet/spin/tip, encapsulation, extraction, pre-scrub, and extract and powder cleaning.
Building Service Worker Practicum Each student will be assigned an on-site practicum, to apply the skills and knowledge learned during the course. An assessment and feedback on the student’s work will provide a basic reference for his/her portfolio and future job search.
WHMIS WHMIS is a hazard communication system that provides information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in the workplace. Students will learn how to: read and understand product labels; identity WHMIS hazard symbols; understand and use Material Data Safety Sheets; and become familiar with exemptions and restricted applications.
Occupational First Aid Level I This one-day course covers the essential ABC's - airway, breathing and circulation. Students learn how to deal with obstructed airways, breathing distress, control bleeding, and perform one person CPR. A three year certificate will be issued upon successful completion.
FoodSafe Level I A one-day course required for all food handlers employed in serving the public. Topics include food handling, personal hygiene, receiving and storing food safely, dishwashing methods, and food storage methods. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate, recognized by employers throughout the Province.
Back Care Does your working environment require you to lift heavy objects, bend frequently, or sit at a desk for extended periods of time? Learn how you can protect your back and prevent other musculoskeletal injuries. Topics include: lifting safely and reducing risks of back injury; using equipment and tools to help do the work; preventing sprains and strains; risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries (MSI); and how to improve posture and reduce stress on your body.
Respectful Workplace: Your Rights and Responsibilities An opportunity for students to gain an awareness of their rights and responsibilities pertaining to workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination. Case studies based on actual case law, explore why human rights and respectful workplace laws exist, what you can do to contribute to a psychologically healthy workplace, and how you can seek assistance in case you observe or experience workplace bullying harassment or discrimination.
Graduation Students are presented with certificates earned during the program. Students complete course feedback and mandatory exit interview documents. A graduation luncheon is provided.

Evaluation and Success

Participants will be evaluated on both attendance and completion of practical and written exercises.

  • Participation – students are required to attend and actively participate in all classes and exercises, including 3 days of practicum.
  • Completeness – students are to meet assigned deadlines and complete each practical assignment to a satisfactory level.

Confirm your eligibility

To express interest and confirm your eligibility, contact Camosun at 250-370-4771 or

Download program information PDF

Not eligible? Looking to upgrade?

Camosun has other opportunities and upgrading courses for you. And funding is available for most students.

Call 250-370-3295 or email

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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