CESS (Certified Environmental Services Specialist Program -Frontline Staff)

CESS (Certified Environmental Services Specialist Program -Frontline Staff)

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CESS (Certified Environmental Services Specialist Program -Frontline Staff)

The Certified Environmental Specialist Program (CESS) offers a certification for environmental services frontline workers to help them:

  • Learn cleaning techniques
  • Achieve quality

Affordable: $299.00 per student or $269.00 with 10 or more students.  The cost for non-members is $399.00 or $369.00 for 10 more students which includes a complimentary short term membership.


Convenient:  1-day instructor-led training course which is taught virtually. The course is available as a self paced course via online through IEHA's Learning Management System.  Training is also available as a 1 day instrcutor led onsite at a facility of your choice by an IEHA certified trainer. Instructor fee will apply for more information please contact the Association Office at 847-982-0800;1377 or 1385.   


Up-To-Date Industry Standards and Best Practices In:

  • Hygienic Cleaning
  • Infection Control
  • General Cleaning - Elevators, Drinking Fountains, Vents, Clinical Support and Ancillary Services Areas, etc.
  • Team Building
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership/Management Skills 
  • Real life examples and class participation is encouraged 
  • Standards - Standards to Consider, Defining and Developing Department Standards, etc. 
  • Personal Protective Equipment Standards PPE Requirements 
  • Chemical Controls - Chemical Selection, Specialized Products, etc. 
  • Interior Finishes and Furnishings - Floor Types, Floor Care Methods, etc.
  • Waste Management - Identifying and Labeling Hazard Areas, EPA Regulatory Program for Medical Waste Incinerators, etc.
  • OSHA Compliance - Bloodborne Pathogen Compliance, Hand Washing, etc. 
  • Security and Safety - OSHA Compliance, Training for Safety, Lockout/Tagout, etc.
  • Pest Control

Environmental services frontline technicians must pass the online exam with a 80% or higher to earn the CESS designation.


The prerequisite to taking the Professional Education Credentialing Program is completion of the Frontline Program ( CESS) . Those persons with a Bachelors Degree or higher will be exempt from the Frontline Program (CESS). 

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