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  1. Reference: ST0391
  2. Date updated: 26/07/2023
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Construction and the built environment
  5. Regulated occupation: No
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Occupation summary

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.



K1: Safety legislation and safe working practices applying to themselves and others Back to Duty

K2: 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 Back to Duty

K3: Design, layouts, operating and isolation principles Back to Duty

K4: The need for system cleanliness for compliant building operation Back to Duty

K5: Environment protection measures associated with ventilation cleaning Back to Duty

K6: Commercial implications of actions or omissions Back to Duty

K7: How to plan and organise cleaning tasks, interpret and annotate drawings Back to Duty

K8: How to prepare work areas Back to Duty

K9: 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 Back to Duty

K10: Principles of high quality customer service Back to Duty

K11: Communication methods; clear, appropriate and adaptable styles Back to Duty

K12: Principles and opportunities for information communication technology Back to Duty

K13: Reporting requirements Back to Duty


S1: Apply relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others, including risk assessment and method statements Back to Duty

S2: Plan and organise systems cleaning including the use, interpretation and annotation of drawings Back to Duty

S3: Prepare work areas in new and existing sites for cleaning Back to Duty

S4: Identify and use resources, tools, technology and equipment effectively, to complete cleaning tasks, to industry standards, while minimising environmental impact Back to Duty

S5: Undertake pre clean testing, cleaning, post clean testing and create a detailed profile of the ductwork system, including any area that needs remedial action Back to Duty

S6: Provide information for post clean reporting including drawings Back to Duty

S7: Carry out minor on-site modifications including replacement of flexi duct and fitting access doors Back to Duty

S8: Solve problems within their scope of responsibility and that of others under their control Back to Duty

S9: Identify and evaluate problems through the application of technical skills and knowledge, and report as appropriate Back to Duty

S10: Oversee the programme of work and work environment, taking responsibility for the work, quality, safety and welfare of others Back to Duty

S11: Mentor and support the learning and development of others Back to Duty


B1: Work reliably and effectively without supervision and be aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially where related to diversity and equality Back to Duty

B2: Represent self and company in an appropriate and ethical manner Back to Duty

B3: Accept responsibility for the work of self and others under their control Back to Duty

B4: Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks Back to Duty

B5: Work effectively with colleagues, the public, other tradespeople, clients representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team Back to Duty

B6: Maintain and enhance competence in own area Back to Duty

T Level in building services engineering for construction

Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 17/12/2020

Available from: 01/09/2021

Occupational specialism: Heating engineering and ventilation

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ST0391 Building services engineering ventilation hygiene technician

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