Job Description

A Handyperson carries out maintenance, repair or installation jobs around a home or business. They often work for themselves, or for small businesses and franchises. A Handyperson may specialise in provide electrical, plumbing or carpentry services, depending on their type of qualification or level of experience. Clients often include homeowners, real estate agents, nursing homes and social care residences.

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Qualifications are not mandatory to become a Handyperson. Holding a trade qualification or professional licence may be required if you intend to carry out plumbing or electrical work.

Decide on what kind of Handyperson services you’d like to provide. It’s important to check what licences or qualifications are required if you intend to offer complex or specialised services.

Consider completing a Certificate III in Plumbing, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician or a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery either through TAFE or an apprenticeship.

If you intend to operate your own business, you’ll need to have an ABN and register as a business.


  • Autonomy
  • Communicator
  • Customer Orientated
  • Flexible
  • Initiative
  • Organised
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Self-Motivator
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Installation
  • Craftsmanship
  • Electricals
  • Extensive Too Knowledge
  • Painting
  • Maintenance & Repairs
  • Lawn & Garden Maintenance
  • General Home Maintenance

Future Prospects

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