Cleaning Service and Maintenance Technician - Training Program
Start your career in cleaning & maintenance

Career training for a job in cleaning & maintenance

In this hands-on cleaning service and maintenance job training program, you learn the skills needed to keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. This 7 – 8 month program teaches heavy cleaning duties, such as commercial power washing.  There is also an auto detailing component in the training.  You will learn how to perform routine maintenance activities and procedures of repair notifications for management. You will learn skills and techniques to prepare for IICRC industry certification.  Once you graduate, we’ll help you find a job in a variety of program related occupational fields.


What you’ll learn in the Cleaning Services & Maintenance Technician job training program:

  • Automotive Detailing
  • Mildew/Mold Removal & Restoration
  • Safety & Building Security
  • Commercial & Residential Pressure Washing
  • Chemical Mixing
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Job preparation, including interview and resume skills
  • IICRC Certification Preparation
  Cleaning Service and Maintenance Technician - Training Program

Say yes to CET cleaning services & maintenance tech!

New career in 7-8 months?* yes!
Job Placement Assistance? yes!
Support Services? yes!
Financial Aid Assistance for those who qualify? yes!
Training supplies, tools, books and uniforms included in tuition?** yes!

*Average program length based on attendance. ** Subject to change without notice.


FAQ about the Cleaning Services & Maintenance Technician job training program:

Where do the cleaning and maintenance tech job training classes take place?
Train to be a professional cleaner on CET’s campuses in Salinas, CA and Watsonville, CA. In addition to the classroom learning, you’ll work on hands-on projects such as cleaning by pressure washing, chemical handling, and the use of cleaning equipment for mold and mildew removal.
How long does it take to finish the custodial services job training program?
Our full-time programs require 30 hours a week of attendance.  Students usually finish this 720 hour program in 7-8 months.
When does the next Cleaning Services class start?
Right now! CET’s open enrollment means once your application is completed you can start the next day.
What types of cleaning and maintenance jobs can I find after I graduate?
When you’re trained in cleaning and maintenance services, you’re qualified for a variety of jobs including:
  • Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • First-Line Supervisor/Manager of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
  • Janitors and Cleaners
  • Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
How soon after graduation will I start working in the cleaning and maintenance field?
Every student’s experience is different, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cleaning services industry has a higher than average job growth. To see what the job outlook is like for cleaning and maintenance technicians where you live, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” And with CET’s job placement assistance, you will always have ready help to find the right job.
What can I expect to make as a cleaner and maintenance tech?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shared this information (see below) about what people can make as a general maintenance worker. Remember that this is only an average- depending on where you live, the wages can be higher or lower. To see how much maintenance technicians earn in your region, go to and plug in your state in the section for “Wages and Employment Trends.” National Wages & Employment Trends* For Janitors and Cleaners
Median wages 2017 $18.11 hourly, $33,7670 annual
Employment 2016 1,433,000
Projected job openings 2016-2026 157,000

*Data as of August 2018. For additional information, including details on associated occupations, national and state wage and employment statistics, go to

How much does it cost and how can I pay for the cleaning services job training program?
Training in this services and tech program costs $11,486 including your training supplies, books, tools and uniforms. If you qualify for financial aid,  you may be eligible to receive grants, scholarships and/or federal student loans.
What if I didn’t graduate from high school or don’t have my GED?
At CET you may have options without them. Be sure to tell the Admissions Department so they can guide you through the eligibility process.
How big are the cleaning and maintenance classes?
Class size is approximately 20-25 students and varies by the type of program.
Do you provide any certificates needed by employers?
The Cleaning Service and Maintenance Technician certificate shows an employer that you are ready for an entry level position as a commercial cleaner, auto detailer, mold inspector and other occupations. CET’s program also provides you the knowledge and skills to be prepared to take additional tests through IICRC Certification Preparation.
What do I need to get started? Are there any math classes I need to get started?
No. You’ll get everything you need in the job training class for residential or commercial maintenance, auto detailing or mold remediation, including integrated math and vocational English. Additional one on one tutoring is available, if needed.
CET is national, but what about the graduation and job placement rates for cleaning techs at my CET location?
Good question! When you’re making decisions about your future, it’s important to be as informed as possible. To see statistics about CET’s program performance, click on the CET location below to access the Federal Student Right to Know and State Program Performance Fact Sheets.*. Remember- we’re here to help. Contact your local CET Admissions Department for additional information or assistance. Cleaning Service and Maintenance Technician is offered at the following locations:

*Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industry. Links to non-CET sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.