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Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Good Manufacturing Practice

  • Type of Course:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Closing date 28th August 2020 through Springboard+. Places are limited and are allocated to those who meet the entry criteria on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Admission Requirements:

Applications are welcome from persons over 23 years of age by 1 January of year of entry.


Applicants under the age of 23 must have obtained Leaving Certificate Grade O6/H7 (pre. 2017, D3 Ordinary Level) in five subjects to include Mathematics and English. Alternative Maths does not qualify applicants on this basis.


Other examinations/qualifications taken such as GCE/GCSE, trade/craft exams are considered.

Course summary

A nationally accredited education programme designed to meet the education and training needs of people in the areas of Production, Quality Assurance and Validation in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, and Food industries. In this Special Purpose Award, the key topics addressed include identifying and measuring sources of cleanroom contamination, materials compatibility in controlling contamination, selection and use of cleaning agents, the classification of cleanrooms according to ISO14644-1, cleanroom design and construction, cleanroom garbing and behaviour, cleanroom monitoring and validation.


Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

This industrially relevant course in Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices is a Level 6 accredited programme (10 credits) that is designed for existing employees to upskill and build on their professional experience and introduce potential new recruits in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Food industries.


This one-year capacity-building programme is delivered one evening per week over two semesters. It is focused on equipping the learner with fundamental knowledge and skills to work within highly regulated cleanroom environments.


The course comprises of two modules:


Contamination Control

Key topics addressed include: understanding the importance of contamination control; sources of contamination within the manufacturing environment; contamination control strategies; cleaning validation; detection and identification of contaminants; effective sterilisation methods.


The module content will be delivered online via live conferences on Monday evenings with on site laboratory element (6 lab practical workshops) delivered over three weeks.


Cleanroom Management

The focus of this module is to gain an understanding of cleanroom classification and standards (e.g. ISO14644); cleanroom design and construction; cleanroom garbing and behaviour; control, monitoring and validation of cleanrooms. A workshop in Cork ETB BioPharma Training Centre in Carrigaline, Co.Cork.is provided for learners.


The theory for this module will be delivered online if currently required to for social distancing or otherwise it will be delivered on site in CIT Bishopstown Campus. Laboratories will be delivered on site to engage the students with current practices in cleanrooms.


Integral elements of this course are the strong laboratory focus in microbiological, sterilization and detection methods, environmental monitoring, gowning practices as well as completion of industrial documentation and communicate experimental results in accordance with current technical report methodology used in industry.


Indicative Content

Click on the 'modules' above for detailed information.


Further Studies

Students completing this Special Purpose Awards together with the Special Purpose Award in Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations may have the opportunity to proceed via Advanced Entry to the BSc in GMP and Technology 



Special Purposed Award - Certificate in Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices (Level 6, 10 ECTs, on the National Framework of Qualifictions).


For detailed module information, please click below


Semester 1:  September 2020 to January 2021 (Monday evenings)

1st lecture Monday 28th September @ 6pm.

Semester 2: January 2020 to June 2021



  • This course is Springboard funded – apply via springboard  https://springboardcourses.ie/ 
  • Fee: €110.
  • This course open to all applicants; Employed, Unemployed, and Returners who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement.
  • Documentation supporting applicant’s status will be required as part of the application process.
  • Further proof confirming an applicant’s continued eligibility will also be required at the time of course commencement.
  • Visit: Am I Eligible For a Springboard+ Course? at https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility
  • The dedicated Springboard freephone helpline is available for further advice and information – 1800 303 523.



Elaine McCarthy / Tammy Browne
021 4335150