This apprenticeship has been retired

Overview of the role

Cleaning and decontaminating ventilation systems to ensure compliance with industry standards.

Building services engineering ventilation hygiene technician

Reference Number: ST0391

Details of standard

Occupational title

Building Services Engineering Ventilation Hygiene Technician. 

Occupational profile

Ventilation Hygiene ensures that ventilation systems are maintained in a clean condition as required by statutory regulation, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of those within the built environment.

Ventilation Hygiene Technicians clean and decontaminate ventilation systems to ensure compliance with industry standards. They undertake condition risk assessments, pre clean testing, clean, post clean testing and create a detailed profile of the ductwork system, including any remedial action.

Ventilation Hygiene technicians have detailed knowledge of the system’s operating principles. They identify and plan work requirements from engineering drawings and client instructions; liaise with clients, other trades, and suppliers; solve problems within their scope of responsibility; ensure work done by themselves and others complies with relevant standards; monitor and assist in delivery of work programmes and contribute to changes as work progresses or as required by the client.

They are able to work within new build construction sites and existing buildings on their own, safely, proficiently and without supervision.

Knowledge, skills and behaviours


Ventilation Hygiene Technicians know and understand for cleaning all ductwork types and ventilation system components:

Working Safely

Safety legislation and safe working practices applying to themselves and others

Ventilation system Cleaning Principles

  • Underpinning scientific principles for air supply and extract ventilation systems including grease extract systems, also including specifications and standards covering their cleaning and testing requirements
  • Design, layouts, operating and isolation principles
  • The need for system cleanliness for compliant building operation

Working Sustainably

  • Environment protection measures associated with ventilation cleaning
  • Commercial implications of actions or omissions

Planning and Preparing

  • How to plan and organise cleaning tasks, interpret and annotate drawings
  • How to prepare work areas
  • How to utilise resources effectively including the roles and responsibilities of relevant people, how to oversee work and how to plan safe work programmes for self and small teams

Customer Service

  • Principles of high quality customer service


  • Communication methods; clear, appropriate and adaptable styles
  • Principles and opportunities for information communication technology.
  • Reporting requirements



Ventilation Hygiene Technicians are able to, for cleaning all ductwork types and ventilation system components:

Working Safely

  • Apply relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others, including risk assessment and method statements

Planning, Preparing and Working Sustainably

  • Plan and organise systems cleaning including the use, interpretation and annotation of drawings.
  • Prepare work areas in new and existing sites for cleaning
  • Identify and use resources, tools, technology and equipment effectively, to complete cleaning tasks, to industry standards, while minimising environmental impact.

Cleaning ventilation Systems

  • Undertake pre clean testing, cleaning, post clean testing and create a detailed profile of the ductwork system, including any area that needs remedial action.
  • Provide information for post clean reporting including drawings.
  • Carry out minor on-site modifications including replacement of flexi duct and fitting access doors.

Problem solving and decision making

  • Solve problems within their scope of responsibility and that of others under their control.
  • Identify and evaluate problems through the application of technical skills and knowledge, and report as appropriate


  • Oversee the programme of work and work environment, taking responsibility for the work, quality, safety and welfare of others
  • Mentor and support the learning and development of others


Ventilation Hygiene Technicians demonstrate they can:

Working Effectively and Ethically

  • Work reliably and effectively without supervision and be aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially where related to diversity and equality
  • Represent self and company in an appropriate and ethical manner

Taking Responsibility

  • Accept responsibility for the work of self and others under their control

Managing Tasks

  • Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks

Working with Others

  • Work effectively with colleagues, the public, other tradespeople, clients representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team

Continuing Personal Development

  • Maintain and enhance competence in own area


It is unlikely that individuals entering this apprenticeship without previous experience will complete the apprenticeship in less than typically 24 months.

Entry requirements and qualifications

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements. Typically an apprentice will have already achieved English and maths at level 2. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.


This is a level 3 Apprenticeship.

Review date

This Apprenticeship standard will be reviewed in three years.

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Status: Retired
Level: 3
Reference: ST0391
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 26/07/2023
Approved for delivery: 12 September 2017
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £9000
LARS Code: 194
Employers involved in creating the standard: Swiftclean (UK) Ltd, Independent Air Quality Consultancy Services Ltd, Hygienic Maintenance Ltd/VSS, Ductbusters Ltd, Ductclean UK Ltd, Clearwater Technology Ltd, Overclean Ltd, Ventilation Hygiene (UK) Ltd, Indepth Hygiene Services Ltd, Compliance Air and Water

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.0 Approved for delivery. 12/09/2017 26/07/2023 Not set

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