The International Executive Housekeepers Association, or IEHA, offers credentials as Certified Executive Housekeeper (CEH) or Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH). In organizations with large cleaning staffs, certification can improve an employee's chances of advancing to supervisory or management positions. Both levels of certification require completion of a study program and examinations, plus continuing education for renewal. In addition, the Housekeepers Association offers an entry-level Frontline Program that can serve as an eventual path to certification.
Certified Executive Housekeeper
The first level of certification, the Certified Executive Housekeeper, or CEH, requires at least a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Some housekeepers also study for this level with an associate's degree. Applicants must complete the Housekeeper Association's Professional Education Credentialing Program, or PECP, available both online or in print from the IEHA. The program has two series divided into 16 modules, with an exam for each module. The Managing for Effect series includes courses in communication, planning and staff development, among others. The Technical and Administrative Series includes housekeeping methods, pest control and other practical methods. After passing each class, applicants must also complete a final exam with a score of 70 percent or better to receive the CEH certification.
Registered Executive Housekeeper
Applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher can pursue certification as a Registered Executive Housekeeper, or REH. Applicants can also begin with an associate's degree, but they must complete a bachelor's degree to receive the higher designation. After the applicant sends official transcripts and a resume to the office of the IEHA, the association reviews the transcripts to decide what necessary courses the applicant already has completed. It will then customize a Professional Education Credentialing Program for that applicant to finish the required 60 semester credit hours. After completing the necessary courses plus the final exam, the applicant will receive certification as a Registered Executive Housekeeper.
Executive Housekeepers must renew the REH or CEH certification every three years. To qualify for renewal, they must maintain continuous membership in the International Executive Housekeepers Association and take 30 hours of continuing education or take the PECP final exam again. Approved courses for continued education include those offered by the IEHA and other professional organizations. Qualifying topics of study include customer service, linen handling, budgeting, green buildings, workplace safety and many more.
Housekeepers at a beginning level can gain skills and prepare for eventual certification as Executive Housekeepers through the Frontline Program. The IEHA Frontline Training Program covers basic subjects such as chemical controls, cleaning equipment and safety. Upon successful completion of the courses and an examination, the student receives a certificate as Certified Frontline Associate The graduate will receive up to 30 hours credit toward future work on certification as an Executive Housekeeper.
2016 Salary Information for Janitors and Building Cleaners
Janitors and building cleaners earned a median annual salary of $24,190 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, janitors and building cleaners earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,384,600 people were employed in the U.S. as janitors and building cleaners.