How to Become a Housekeeper


If you love to clean and that squeaky-clean feeling fascinates you, you may consider becoming a housekeeper. Housekeepers are people who sweep up every speck of dust and generally work in shifts so as to make the appearance of workplace neat and organised.

Job Description

As a housekeeper, there are various tasks you may be expected to perform such as:

  • Scrubbing, sweeping, folding and other cleaning activities
  • Recruitment and training of staff
  • Supervision of staff
  • Allocation of duties to room attendants
  • Inspection of completed work
  • Recording any faults and arranging for the repair
  • Reporting to department heads

You may work with private clients or in hotels and other residential establishments, such as spas, resorts, clubs, etc.

Education and Training

There is no specific education required to enter this profession but it is preferred to have completed high school. You are expected to demonstrate your proficiency in basic Mathematics and English. There is an advantage if you are fluent in more than one language. The required training is provided on-the-job by the employer itself on how to use the equipment safely.

There are certain qualifications that may help you move up the career graph:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Housekeeping)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality Industry Skills (Housekeeping)
  • Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Housekeeping
  • Level 3 Award in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Principles

Once employed, you may consider working towards various industry qualifications:

  • Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
  • Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Hospitality Management 

You may consider joining Institute of Hospitality for professional networking and further career growth.

Attributes and Skills Needed

It is vital for you to possess the following if you want to become a good housekeeper:

  • Good organisational skills
  • Clean appearance
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Efficient and hardworking
  • Physical fitness
  • Ability to encourage and motivate staff
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good with numbers

Pay Scale

According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the average hourly pay for maids and housekeepers may vary depending upon your work, your experience, the place of your work and location. The tip you get from your clients may contribute significantly to your earnings.










 $9.76 per hour





 $15.98 per hour




 £16,000 and £24,000 a year


There may be a reduction in salary to cover rent and living expenses if accommodation is provided.

Career Prospects

There are various opportunities for career progression in this job. After you start working, you may get promoted to supervisor or team leader role. If you are employed at a larger establishment, there are other responsible positions to be promoted to, such as, head housekeeper or accommodation manager. You may even consider opening up your own cleaning franchise and recruit people under you to provide housekeeping services.

After gaining significant experience, you may move to related work industry such as domestic services management in a hospital or care home company.

To conclude, this profession demands a lot of physical work and hard work. And it is only if you are successful in proving your mettle, you retain this job for a long-term. It is important to bear in mind that you have any dust allergies, this job might then not be suitable for you.