Education and Training:
You can work as a handyperson without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Experience in other related jobs such as cleaning, horticulture or building and mechanical trades is an advantage.
A current drivers licence is usually required.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Asset Maintenance or Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Certificate II in Health Support Services *
- Certificate III in Holiday Parks and Resorts
- Certificate IV in Maintenance Management
- Diploma of Maintenance Management
A high proportion of handypersons are self-employed, or they may be employed on a permanent, part-time or casual basis by larger firms with numerous employees. Because they usually work for themselves, their workload corresponds with demand for their services. However, there is generally more work for handypersons over the summer months. They usually travel locally to attend jobs.
Opportunities exist for experienced handypersons to take on jobs with greater responsibility in building maintenance and management.
For Further Information:
Caravan Industry Association Western Australia
Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council
Information for other states and territories: