City & Guilds Assured
The course lasts 2 days

2 day course

Locations across Ireland and the UK

Locations across Ireland and the UK

Max 12 students per class

Max 12 students per class

Multiple Choice Assessments

Multiple Choice Assessments

The Professional Softwash Technician Training Course

The Professional Softwash Technician Training Course is a City & Guilds Assured Programme run over a 2 day period. Day 1 starts with registration at 09.30 am and runs to 6.00 pm with 1hr for lunch and a 20 minute refreshment break in the afternoon. Day 2 runs from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm, again including lunch and an afternoon break.

Basic literacy and numeracy skills are required to complete this course as the content includes the reading of labels and calculation of dilution rates. There are also two multiple choice Assessment papers to be completed on day 2. Should you like to discuss this prior to registration please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Course Administration

  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Course admin
  • Course aims, objectives and the assessment process

Health & Safety - General

  • Identify responsibilities of both employers, employees and contractors including the self-employed in the provision of health and safety at work regarding Softwash activities
  • Recognise the duties, task and responsibilities of being an effective and competent softwash technician
  • Cause and consequence – statistics

Noise Awareness

  • Regulation
  • Practical application

Principles of COSHH

  • Definition and principles of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Label compliance
  • Storage of chemicals
  • COSHH assessment process combined with SDS

Risk Assessment Overview

  • Process and the formulation
  • Method statements

Personal Protective Equipment Awareness

  • Regulation
  • Type and maintenance

Manual Handling Awareness

  • Regulation
  • Practical application

Introduction to Safe Systems of Work (SSOW)

  • What is a SSOW and how it is utilised?
  • SSOW process

Actions When Things Go Wrong

  • Regulations and RIDDOR
  • Action plan in an emergency
  • Eye splash
  • Skin contamination
  • Unconsciousness
  • CPR awareness

Environmental Awareness and Responsibilities

  • Impacts and aspects

Working at Height

  • Regulation
  • Practical application



  • What is it?
  • Characteristics
  • Growth and spread cycle


  • What are they?
  • The meaning of Professional Use Only
  • Products approval – how to confirm PCS and HSE approvals information
  • What is a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Number (Label compliance)

Generic Ingredients of Biocide

  1. DDAC (50%)
  2. Isopropanol (20%)
  3. Water (30%)
  • Biocide types and comparisons
  • Inhibitors, eco toxicity, biodegradability, influence of temperature
  • Biological load and reaction of biofilm to treatment
  • Advantages and disadvantages

Methods of Biocide Application

  • Cleaning techniques and processes
  • Best practice
  • CHAT
  • Thermal death time
  • Softwashing techniques walls, concrete paving, monoblock and treatment regimes
  • Post treatment stain removal

Introduction to Tools and Equipment

  • Chemical Delivery Unit (CDU)
  • Pumps
  • Hoses and ancillaries

Cleaning Products and Implications of Use

  • Biocides
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Rust Removers
  • Lead Cleaning
  • Brick Acid/Efflorescence
  • Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Black Spot
  • Other Products

Introduction to other Softwash Products

  • Use
  • Application
  • Effects and Benefits


Risks and Alternatives – Environmental Awareness

  • Environmental impacts and aspects
  • The HSE/HSA perspective
  • Environmental Agencies Enforcement
  • Examples of alternative organic products

Future Courses

  • We offer a full range of courses associated with the Softwash Industry

Application Methods and Techniques

  • Introduction to tools and equipment continued
  • Practical application exercises

Practical Informal Skills Assessments

Code of Professional Conduct

Summative Assessment

  • X2 25 question Multiple Choice Paper

The Role of Continued Professional Development


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