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Cleanroom Protocols (online)

This course provides an overview of what it is like to work in a cleanroom environment for nanoscale production. It covers 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: We are only able to accept payment by credit card for this course. You will receive access to the course materials no later than 1 week after making payment. You will have access for 1 month from the date you first access the learning materials.

Your trainer will be Dr Daniel Wang, Institute of Compound Semiconductors (ICS).

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
3 June 2024 1 hour online course to be taken in your own time
£45 (you will receive access to the course no later than 1 week after making payment)

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 for nanoscale production.

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

The content of this course relates to cleanrooms for nanoscale production.

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 content of this course relates to cleanrooms for nanoscale production:

  • 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.