This program is designed to provide hands-on and classroom training to prepare individuals with the skills to successfully secure and maintain desirable employment in a custodial position in a variety of settings including office, retail, healthcare, warehouse and manufacturing. The program includes 70 hours of classroom training and paid on-the-job training in a local healthcare setting. The curriculum is from the Cleaning Management Institute and results in custodial technician certification after passing the exam.

Training Includes:

  • The Chemistry of Cleaning
  • Disinfection: Bloodborne Pathogens
  • OSHA Clean-up Protocol
  • Emphasis on disinfection and use of PPE for COVID-19
  • Current standards and best practices for cleaning of public, clinic and all areas of a healthcare or other settings, including:
  • Above-Floor Surfaces
  • Hard Floor Surfaces
  • Carpeted Floor Surfaces
  • Restrooms and Showers,
  • Certification Exam Test Preparation
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Local Employers who partner with the certification program:

  • Mercy Hospital, IC
  • Midwest Janitorial, IC
  • Southeastern Community College, Burlington
  • Burlington community School District
  • St. Ambrose University, Davenport
  • Mt. Mercy University, CR

Average wages for custodial jobs are:

  • Iowa City - $15.81
  • Cedar Rapids - $15.04
  • Burlington and Clinton – 12.87
  • Davenport – 12.14


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ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The association is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.  The cleaning Management Institute (CMI) was established in 1964 as an educational organization dedicated to the professional development of industry professionals within the building industry field. CMI certified professionals can be found throughout the world with the heaviest concentration in the United States.  The goal of the ISSA CMI Certification is to educate, certify and empower professionals within the cleaning industry.  Individuals who are certified by CMI understand that cleaning is a professional investment in human health, the environment and a company’s bottom line.  This includes the value of safety of the occupants of the building as well as asset protection.


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