Job Description

Janitors or Caretakers maintain the cleanliness and safety of the buildings in which we live, work, learn and shop. They clean the interiors, and often the exteriors, of these facilities. Some also make minor plumbing and electrical repairs. Janitors go by several job titles including custodian, cleaner, custodial support technician, cleaning technician and environmental services technician.

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Mostly afternoons or after hours work.


Formal qualifications are not required to become a Cleaner, although depending on your work; some employers may need you to have a police check. Successful completion of year 10 is usually the minimum education standard required.

Obtain work experience in the field and receive on-the-job training. If you want to formalise your learning, undertake a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations.


  • Communicator
  • Detail Orientated
  • Organised
  • Problem Solver
  • Self-Motivated

Key Skills

  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Physical Strength
  • Time Management
  • Cleaning
  • Maintenance
  • Security

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;