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Other names for Handyperson:

  • Handy Person 
  • Handy Man 
  • Hotel Useful 
  • Hotel Yardsperson

What is a Handyman / Handyperson?

A Handyperson cleans, paints, repairs and maintains buildings, grounds and facilities. This work may include fixing or repairing mechanical or electrical equipment, machines, heating systems, air conditioning, plumbing etc.

Handypersons usually repair most things, but they also need to recognise when they are unable to fix a problem and should rather call a specialist for assistance.  

They also need to prevent equipment from breaking down or deteriorating by maintaining it.

Handypersons solve small problems before they become large, serious ones.  They keep records of repairs done and the dates when equipment was last repaired or inspected.  This helps them establish a timetable for inspecting and repairing, e.g. for replacing filters and oiling moving parts on machinery.

Traditionally, this kind of work used to be reserved for men, but women are fast making their way into the industry.  That is why the term handyman was changed to Handyperson.
Handypersons are usually employed by both the government (national, provincial or local) and the private sector (maintenance companies). 

Handypersons work in hospitals, colleges, offices, apartment buildings, factories, schools, stores and malls. 

In small institutions, they are responsible for any kind of care and upkeep, while in larger establishments they usually specialise in a particular field.
Some may even start their own business.

What does a Handyman / Handyperson do?

  • repairs broken windows, doors, fences, tables, shelves, cupboards etc
  • replaces defective items
  • fixes, sands and paintssurfaces indoors and outdoors
  • clears away rubbish
  • mows lawns
  • adjusts and hanging doors
  • replaces tap washers
  • puts up handrails etc etc
  • does routine maintenance
  • keeps records

Are you . . .?

  • practical?
  • helpful?
  • mechanically minded?
  • physically strong?
  • healthy?
  • a person who understands directions?
  • able to work in dirty or unpleasant surroundings?
  • willing to work, in often, hazardous areas?
  • service orientated?

How do I become a Handyman / Handyperson?

You don’t need formal education to become a Handyperson, however, Handypersons in senior positions are expected to have a matric certificate and in most cases, have done a diploma course at a University of Technology or FET college.


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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Electrician … or … Locksmith

Is becoming a Handyman / Handyperson the right career choice for me?