Housekeeping attendants keep hotels, motels, clubs, dormitory rooms and associated lobbies, halls and banquet rooms neat, clean and well stocked.
Caretaker, Chambermaid, Cleaner, Hotel Housekeeper, Housekeeper, Light Duty Cleaner
In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.
The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:
Interest in copying instructions to clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences, and to disinfect operating rooms and other hospital areas
Interest in handling equipment to sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors, and to vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture
Interest in inspecting surfaces and objects for dust, dirt and grease to determine appropriate cleaning products to use
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.
Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.
A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.
A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.
Duties and responsibilities vary from one place of employment to another but, in general, housekeeping attendants:
In hotels and motels, housekeeping attendants may clean lobbies, halls and banquet rooms as well as guest rooms. They generally are responsible for:
In some establishments, housekeeping attendants may be responsible for setting up banquet and meeting rooms, or making minor repairs.
Housekeeping attendants work shifts that include weekends and holidays. They are required to push, pull and lift items weighing up to 20 kilograms.
Housekeeping attendants need to possess:
They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work, and using cleaning equipment.
There are no specific education requirements for housekeeping attendants. Training generally is on the job. Employers may require character references that indicate job applicants are honest and trustworthy.
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Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.
However, Tourism HR Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council or CTHRC) offers voluntary Housekeeping Room Attendant certification that is recognized in the tourism and hospitality industry across Canada. Certification training is accessible from the emerit website.
Additional voluntary certifications related to line employees are also available from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). For example, they offer a program that leads to the Certified Guestroom Attendant credential.
Housekeeping attendants are employed in hotels, motels, clubs and dormitories. Employment may be seasonal.
With experience, housekeeping attendants may move into other jobs in the tourism industry. Those who have supervisory experience and a high school diploma (or are willing to upgrade their education) may advance to executive housekeeper and management positions.
Housekeeping attendants are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6731: Light duty cleaners. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
Over 30,500 Albertans are employed in the Light duty cleaners occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 702 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As housekeeping attendants form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for housekeeping attendants.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.
|Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing||$37,017|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$35,152|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||$32,615|
|Business, Building and Other Support Services||$28,213|
|Accommodation & Food Services||$24,111|
|Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)||$23,290|
|Information, Culture, Recreation||$20,599|
Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association website: www.ahla.ca
American Hotel and Lodging Association, Educational Institute website: www.ahlei.org
emerit website: www.emerit.ca
Tourism HR Canada website: tourismhr.ca
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Updated Mar 28, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.