Building Service Worker

If you are changing careers or entering the work force, and are seeking employment in a growing industry, then our Building Service Worker (BSW) program is the right fit for you!  In both the public and private sector, there is a growing demand for certified BSW’s that know how to perform the job in a safe, competent and professional manner. Our 3-week BSW comprehensive program, provides students with classroom and technical training including practical hands on cleaning practice and experience using various cleaning equipment.  Students will be taught all aspects of cleaning inclusive of sanitation, proper chemical handling, floor maintenance inclusive of stripping, waxing and buffing floors, carpet maintenance, safety procedures and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).  Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a BSW and WHMIS certificate.

Graduates of this program will be considered for an interview with School District 42.

Please note: Classes in the BSW program are held at:
Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary
10445 245 Street, Maple Ridge, BC

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 10 (or equivalent) and/or 19 years of age or older.

English Language Requirement:

  • Completion of English 10, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of written and verbal English ability as determined by the College.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application form

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The following dates are available for the upcoming term.

January 23, 2023 to February 10, 2023
April 3, 2023 to April 25, 2023

Program Fees

Program Fees for the 2022-23 academic year are as follows:

  • Course Fees: $629*
  • Supply Fees: $40
  • Technology Fee: $10

Fees are due upon registration in the program.

*Interested students may apply for a tuition grant for the program that reduces costs from $629 to $250.  For additional details, visit the tab on this page called “Tuition Grant and Work Placement”

School District 42 (SD42) Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows, has worked with RMC to offer a unique opportunity for students of the BSW program.

Interested applicants will be eligible for a tuition grant and offer of employment from SD42.  The grant of $379 will reduce total tuition fees for the class from $629 to $250 (normal course supply and technology fees will still apply).

All students who apply to the BSW program will be provided with an opportunity to apply for this grant as part of the application process.  The conditions of the grant are as follows:

  • Students must attend a pre-screening interview with SD42 staff and be approved for hire with the district.
  • Students must possess a driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Students must successfully complete the BSW program with a passing grade.
  • Students must sign an employment agreement with School District 42.

This grant is open to all BSW applicants as long as they meet the conditions above.  Upon meeting all the requirements listed, students will be refunded the grant amount.

If you have any questions about this process, please email rmc@sd42.ca or call us at 604-466-6242.

Next info sessions:

Thursday, February 23
7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

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Does The BSW Certificate Expire?
No, this certificate does not expire.

Why Are Some BSW Certificates Recognized And Others Not?
Our program is a 60 hour comprehensive program, including WHMIS training, that is well recognized by both public and private employers.  Upon successful program completion, many of our students are hired by school districts, city halls and private companies.  We also have students, working for various city halls, that take our program to be certified BSW’s.

The program includes 80% “hands on” practice in a school.  How does this help me to be a BSW in an environment other than a school?
Core BSW cleaning techniques and foundations taught, including using common machines and equipment, are basic and required skills that are applied everywhere regardless of where the “hands on” experience is conducted.  The most important thing for a student to learn is the basics, acquire the skills and knowledge to be a successful BSW.

Why should I choose your program over another educational institute?
Our 60 hour comprehensive program is different from any other as 20% is theory and 80% is “hands on.”  The hands on portion provides students with the opportunity to put into practice what is taught while acquiring real life experience, fine tuning key skills and knowledge that is important to succeed as a BSW.  This is inclusive of learning how to safely use and maintain various cleaning machines and equipment as well as learning how to strip and wax a floor.  Upon program completion, our students are very confident and look forward to working as a BSW.

What growth opportunities are there for a BSW?
There’s a great need for BSW’s and for many, getting their certificate and gaining experience in the field, is a stepping stone to further grow their career in commercial cleaning.  Many BSW’s advance their careers and become supervisors, purchasing agents, inventory control managers or custodial/building managers while others open their own cleaning business.

I’ve lost my job/looking for a new career.  Is this a good opportunity to consider?
Absolutely!  As cities continue to grow and expand and new infrastructures are implemented, there is a growing need for BSW’s.  This is a great opportunity to transfer existing skills, start a new and rewarding career and depending on personal goals, further advance in this industry.

Upon completion of this course, what certificates do I get?
Students who successfully complete this course, receive a BSW and WHMIS certificate.