ISSA CIMS Certifications: Enhancing our Partnerships

November 13, 2023

The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Certifications are some of the most rigorous management standards in the facilities services industry. These standards set a high bar for facilities management companies, with the goal of ensuring that each client receives the best service, at the highest quality possible.

CIMS Certification Overview

The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) is a comprehensive program that sets the standard of excellence for building service contractors. Companies that achieve CIMS Certifications meet six standards of excellence and are considered premier companies in the cleaning industry.

  1. Quality Systems
  2. Service Delivery
  3. Human Resources
  4. Health, Safety and Environmental Stewardship
  5. Management Commitment
  6. Green Buildings and Services


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CIMS is the first consensus-based management standard in the industry. It was developed by experts in each facet of facilities, from facilities management to purchasing communities. These experts were placed on committees, which worked directly with ISSA and the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences, to draft the standard. After the standard was drafted, it continued through a detailed peer review before being officially published.

CIMS Advanced by GBAC

In 2023, ISSA merged their existing GBAC Star Service accreditation with the CIMS certification to create a comprehensive certification: CIMS Advanced by GBAC. CIMS Advanced by GBAC is one of the most high value management standards in the facilities services industry, requiring organizations to have:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risk associated with infectious agents
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices ain place to combat biohazards and infectious disease
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response

About ISSA:

The International Sanitary Supply Association is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry, comprised of a network of distributors, manufacturers and representatives, service contractors and more.

“ISSA helps its members and their employees make valuable contacts through the industry’s largest cleaning shows. ISSA also helps increase members’ professionalism and success through its popular global website,, and by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry. It is through these initiatives that ISSA helps its members demonstrate the true value of clean to their varied constituents.” –


Serving our Partners with Excellence

  • 2006: SSC Achieves CIMS Certification
  • 2009: SSC Achieves Green Building Certification
  • 2023: SSC Among First to Receive CIMS Advanced by GBAC Certification

We are committed to providing the highest quality service to our partner schools, and keeping our practices focused on health, safety, and environmental sustainability. With over 16 years of CIMS Certifications, our teams are equipped with proven processes that have been lined up with the highest industry standards to ensure that we can deliver exceptional results, expertly cleaned learning environments and innovative practices for years to come.