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Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices - Cork

Lifelong Learning

This is an industrial relevant course specifically designed for existing employees to upskill and build on their professional experience as well as for potential new recruits in the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Food industries who would like an accredited qualification. This course aims to develop skills, knowledge and confidence to work within these highly regulated manufacturing environments.

Award Name Special Purpose Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Special Purpose
Awarding Body Munster Technological University
NFQ Level Level 6 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Special Purpose Certificate (Level 6 NFQ) Special Purpose Munster Technological University Level 6 NFQ
Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Part time, Evening
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The programme is delivered in one academic year. One module per semester, Mondays 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate Grade O6/H7 (pre. 2017, D3 Ordinary Level) in five subjects to include Mathematics and English. Alternative Mathematics does not qualify applicants on this basis.

Applications are welcome from mature students over 23 years of age by 1st January of year of entry. Leaving Certificate is desirable but not essential. Relevant work experience; skills gained through experiential learning; and other qualifications, will be considered when assessing applications. Eligible candidates may be interviewed.

Note: The running of individual modules will be dependent on a sufficient number of students enrolling on the course.

What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when formal recognition is given for what you already know prior to starting on a programme or module. With recognition of prior learning the focus is on learning and not on experience as such. You can apply for RPL in any MTU accredited programme or module. Programmes which are accredited by professional bodies or any external awarding bodies may have their own procedures for RPL which you should refer to.

Careers / Further progression

Students may seek to gain another industrial relevant short course certificate in MTU’s Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations.

Completing this Special Purpose Award together with relevant industrial experience, students may have the opportunity to progress towards an Advanced Entry of MTU’s Bachelor of Science in Good Manufacturing Practices and Technologies).

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Further information

First lecture is Monday 9th September 2024.

MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork.

€1,000 (€500 per 5 credit module x 2 modules)

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you, and you wish to accept it.

3rd September 2024

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

Semester 1: September 2024 to January 2025
(Monday evenings – online lectures + labs on site in MTU)

1st lecture Monday 9th September @ 6pm

Contamination Control module’s key topics include:
Understand the importance of contamination control
Sources, detection and identification of contamination within the manufacturing environment
Contamination control strategies used and cleaning validation
Effective sterilisation methods and the emergence of single- use-technology
Facility design
Practical skills using microbiological, sterilisation and detection methods
Completion of GMP check sheets

Semester 2: January 2025 to June 2025

On successful completion of the module, Cleanroom Management, you will gain an understanding of the following:

Identify and measure sources of cleanroom contamination
Selection process and use of cleaning agents
Classification of cleanrooms according to ISO14644
Cleanroom design and construction
Cleanroom garbing and behaviour
Cleanroom, control and monitoring and validation
Practical skills in environmental monitoring, interpretation of psychrometric charts, gowning practices

Olivia Flynn

Course Provider:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Part time, Evening
Apply to:
Course provider
Number of credits: