At the International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies (ICCCS) Council of Delegates Meeting held in Beijing in September 2006, it was agreed to set up an International Cleanroom Educational Board (ICEB) to promote the preparation and accreditation of internationally-recognised educational courses for people who design, construct, test, monitor, operate, and work as operators in cleanrooms. It was agreed that member societies should develop courses of a high standard and this should be achieved through an accreditation process. Each course would be accredited through a submission sent to the ICEB that would provide information about the course and demonstrate that the course conformed to an accreditation framework. Guidelines for the accreditation submission were agreed at the Beijing meeting, but at the ICEB meeting in Paris in 2007, it was suggested that an updated version should be written as a ‘stand alone’ document. Further small changes were agreed in Chicago, November, 2007.
The Irish Cleanroom Society have been running a series of training courses developed by the CTCB (Cleanroom Training and Certification Board) since 2003. The courses comprise a 3 day Testing and Validation Course and a one day Cleanroom Technology foundation course. Both courses are examined by formal written examination and in the case of the Validation course by practical examination.
At the last meeting of the ICEB in Chicago, the ICS courses were submitted for formal accreditation and were accepted as fulfilling the requirements. The qualifications are therefore now accepted internationally in all countries who are signatories to the ICEB.
For more information on the courses, please go to the "Training" Section.