Continuing Education

Building Services Worker

Trades

Become a cleaning professional

Learn to clean and maintain buildings such as condominiums, offices, schools, hospitals, recreational facilities, shopping malls, banks, and more. Land a janitorial position with an established company, join the custodial staff at a school or health care facility, or start your own cleaning service.

Today's buildings require up-to-date equipment, chemicals, and techniques in order to stay sanitary, safe, and in good condition. Become knowledgeable about the latest green products and procedures; learn to clean any surface without damaging its finish; most importantly, learn to work efficiently while avoiding injuries. UFV's Building Services Worker program is most valuable if you wish to launch a cleaning career within government, health care, or public education.

Call 1-888-823-8734 to register

Credential: Statement of completion

Duration: One month

Days and times: Tue, Thu, 7–10 pmand St, 9 am–4:30 pm

Location: Abbotsford — Aerospace Centre

Tuition*: $674

Start dates: April, January, September

* Tuition subject to change without notice. Textbooks are not included in tuition.

Employment facts

The cleaning industry can be roughly divided into residential cleaning, commercial janitorial services, and specialty cleaning.

The commercial sector focuses on office buildings, municipal structures, and retail spaces, while the residential sector includes single-family homes, apartments, and condos. Specialty cleaning companies focus on specific types of cleaning—windows, floors, carpets, industrial, and more.

According to BC 2025 Labour Market Outlook, janitors, caretakers, and building superintendents are among the occupations with the largest number of job openings in southwestern BC with 6,670 jobs expected to open by 2025.

Building caretakers with additional trades skills such as plumbing and electrical repairs may land custodial management positions. Experienced caretakers and building superintendents may move up to property management or building management positions.

Program outline

Get introduced to custodial/housekeeping operations (both theory and practical applications) in cleaning procedures for all surfaces, including chemicals, waste handling, WHMIS, and other safety matters.

  • Learn cutting-edge techniques to make you more efficient and less likely to get injured.
  • Learn the latest on green products and procedures.
  • Learn to operate and maintain cleaning equipment like scrubbers and floor machines.
  • Earn Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification.

This class is suitable for those seeking to enter the custodial/cleaning industry and working custodians wishing to improve their skills.

Questions?

Phone: 604-847-5451
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 5451
Email: parttimetrades@ufv.ca
Or ask online

"Completing UFV’s one-month Building Services Worker course gives you an advantage when applying for jobs. It shows employers that you are up on the latest cleaning standard."
  • – Shawn Peters
  •    BSW grad and UFV Janitor

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