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How to become a Cleaner

Cleaners perform different functions that keep a variety of environments dust, dirt, and germ-free depending on what’s required.

If you’re good at managing your time, punctual and trustworthy, looking for a career where you’re on the go all the time and able to work on your own or as part of a team, becoming a cleaner could be worth considering.

If you have these skills, you could make a great Cleaner

  • Methodical, efficient and attentive, ensuring that nothing is missed
  • Honest, reliable and proactive; entrusted to access all areas, lock up, and deal with any problems that could arise
  • Practical with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina

What tasks can I expect to do?

  • Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, sanitising, emptying bins
  • Refilling supplies, cleaning up after spills and breakages
  • Coordinating duties with other team members and the client
  • Replacing and reordering cleaning supplies, operation of equipment
  • Following health and safety procedures and other job specific protocols
  • Responsible for leaving premises secure at the end of each job

Where do Cleaners work?

Cleaners work everywhere – in private homes, councils, churches, gyms, hotels, resorts, retail, restaurants, hospitals, childcare centres, schools, offices, laboratories, manufacturing plants, industrial and construction sites, and in a variety of other commercial settings.

What kind of lifestyle can I expect as a Cleaner?

Part-time and casual work is very common for Cleaners, giving you lots flexibility in how you structure your working week. You’ll have to be on-site to do the job, and cleaners often work outside of normal business hours, including nights and weekends.

Most Cleaners can expect to earn an average salary throughout their career.

Cleaners can be found nearly everywhere, from rural to metro areas.

How to become a Cleaner

There are no formal qualification requirements for most cleaning jobs, but getting lots of experience can be great for your resume.

Step 1 – Successfully complete high school.

Step 2 – Try and find some relevant work experience, then add it to your resume and ask for someone to be a reference.

Step 3 – You will most likely need to obtain a driver’s license to travel between jobs.

Step 3 – Consider obtaining a relevant qualification or undertaking a traineeship.

Step 4 – You may need to apply for a relevant working with children check if you’re applying for jobs in childcare centres, schools, and hospitals. Other checks might be required to work in secure or private environments, trusted with access to all areas and responsible for locking up.

Step 5 – If you’re working on industrial and commercial sites, you may need to do workplace health and safety courses or induction training.

Step 6 – There is always potential to start your own business, purchase a franchise, or apply for promotions in management.

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