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Cleanroom Protocols

This course provides an overview of what it is like to work in a cleanroom environment, covering typical working practices as well as general principles for safe working

This is an online course that you can undertake in your own time. The training will take approximately an hour to complete.

Delivery will be via a variety of online and interactive activities such as short videos and test-your-knowledge exercises.

Please note: Access to this course is on a rolling monthly basis. You will gain access from the 1st of a month, depending on when you pay* for the course:

Pay on or before the 19th of the month, and you will receive access to the course from the 1st of the immediately following month. For example, pay for your course on or before 19th August and gain access from the 1st September. Pay for your course from the 20th of the month onwards and you will receive access on the first of the next month - eg purchase on the 20th August and gain access from the 1st October.

*Please note that payment means either a credit card payment or the supply of a Purchase Order Form.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
1 May 2023 1 hour online course to be taken in your own time

Who it’s for

This course is designed for those who are new to the semiconductor industry, or those considering a career in the sector.

Employees of the CSconnected cluster and supply chain partners may find it particularly relevant, as well as those working for companies across the globe who are operating in cleanroom environments.

It could also be applicable for secondary school/FE college students and teachers/youth influencers interested in learning more about cleanroom manufacturing.

What you’ll learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the different classifications of cleanroom facilities, from ISO1-9 and their equivalents
  • Explain why cleanrooms are necessary and why there are different types of cleanrooms
  • Understand how a typical cleanroom works
  • Know the general principles required to enter and work in a cleanroom environment
  • Explain why those principles are important
  • Describe general health & safety risks of working in a typical cleanroom
  • Know how to mitigate general health & safety risks and deal with general safety incidents.

Topics covered

  • The international classification standards of cleanroom
  • The variety of cleanrooms in which different organisations operate
  • What the different classifications mean in terms of typical working practices
  • The general principles of working in a cleanroom environment, including:
    • How to gown up correctly
    • How to enter the cleanroom correctly
    • How to clean tools correctly
    • Expected behaviour
    • How to work in a clean way
    • The cleanroom air flow and filtration process
  • General health & safety risks of working in a cleanroom environment, including how to work safely with different chemicals
  • Dealing with general health and safety incidents, such as chemical spills and gas/fire alarms.

Teaching and useful information

This course is designed for you to complete in your own time and at your own pace. There is no live element but you will have the opportunity to contact the lead tutor. The course will be delivered via the University's virtual learning platform, Learning Central. Your individual login details will be emailed to you a few days before your course access begins.

You will have access to the course materials for one month.

A CPD Certificate of Completion will be issued to learners who achieve 70% or more in the end of course test.


This course has been developed by the University in collaboration with industry partners from the CSconnected cluster, the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster based in and around South Wales in the United Kingdom, using funding provided by UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund.