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VCC offers free Building Service Worker pilot courses

Posted on February 22, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to offer new courses to support cleaners and other workers in the building service industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The new Building Service Worker (BSW) foundation course provides comprehensive introductory training in custodial service including commercial sanitation, equipment, and disinfection.

A special antiviral cleaning/infection prevention online module is included in the foundation course but has also been made available as a standalone course for those currently working in the building service industry or those looking for additional training.

These courses are being provided tuition-free thanks to funding from the BC Government.

Class schedule

Building Service Worker foundation course (with antiviral cleaning module)
24 hours total

  • March 1-5 (online w/ instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 8 or 9 (off-site w/instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Antiviral Cleaning Module only (suited to building service workers or those seeking training on antiviral/antimicrobial cleaning in the workplace)
6 hours total

  • March 7 and 14 (Sundays), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (online w/ instructor)

Topics covered

  • Safe Work practices
  • Tools and equipment
  • Dry/wet cleaning procedures
  • Chemistry of cleaning
  • Green cleaning
  • Specific cleaning for:
    • Carpets
    • Hard floors
    • Glass
    • Stairways
    • Walls
    • Washrooms
    • Food prep areas etc.
    • General antiviral cleaning

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who reside in B.C. and are eligible to work in Canada. 

Fees and other costs

All tuition for these pilot courses is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.


Upon satisfactory completion, participants will receive a Statement of Completion.

Important information

Students must be prepared to:

  • Participate in all days of training, as specified
  • Provide feedback on the course at the end of the pilot
  • Attend live online classes through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom

Please ensure that you have access to a device (preferably a computer) with a stable internet connection.

If participating in the BSW foundation course (including ½ day hands-on training at an off-site location), in addition to the above, please ensure that:

  • You are available and prepared to attend a ½-day hands-on, in-person training at an off-site location on March 8 and March 9, 2021. (You will attend on only one of these two days, to be determined later.)
  • You will follow the COVID-19 protocols put in place by VCC and/or the off-site training location in order to receive hands-on training.

Apply now

To reserve your spot or for further information, please email

To learn more and ask questions, attend our next Building Service Worker info session.