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Commercial housekeeper (hotel/motel room attendant)

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Summary of occupation

Commercial housekeepers use vacuum cleaners to clean carpets; clean, dust and polish furniture and fittings, and sweep and mop wet areas. They also clean and disinfect toilet and bathroom areas. They may also restock fridges and tea/coffee supplies, and be required to clean walls, windows, and hallways.

ANZSCO description: Cleans, vacuums and mops floors, makes beds, and re-stocks mini bars and bathroom supplies in hotel and motel rooms and other commercial premises.
Alternative names: Attendant (Room), Cleaner (Room), Hotel Room Attendant, Housekeeper
Specialisations: Industrial Cleaner
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A commercial housekeeper needs:

  • to enjoy practical work
  • to enjoy cleaning
  • to be able to work without supervision
  • to be methodical
  • to be honest and reliable
  • to be fit to bend, stand and lift furniture.
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Working conditions

A commercial housekeeper would normally work 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However they may need to be work shifts, start early in the morning, or on the weekend if required.

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Salary details

On average, commercial housekeepers can expect to earn between $679.90 and $799 per week ($35 354.80 and $41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. ​

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Tools and technologies

Depending on the area they work in commercial housekeepers my need to be proficient in using specialised cleaning tools such as pressure cleaners.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

It is possible to work as a commercial housekeeper without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved with qualifications or previous work experience.

The Certificate III in Asset Management (Cleaning Operations) is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

​You can also become qualified to work as a commercial housekeeper by completing a traineeship in cleaning operations. The traineeship normally takes between 6 and 12 months to complete. 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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