Trades & Services

Window Cleaner

Window cleaners clean window and other fixed glass in commercial or domestic buildings.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Window Cleaner do?

Window cleaners clean window and other fixed glass in commercial or domestic buildings.


Work activities

As a window cleaner, you would:

  • mix up cleaning solutions
  • use a combination of ladders, cradles and harnesses to reach all levels of windows
  • use water-fed poles, brushes, scrapers and cloths to clean glass
  • follow strict safety rules, particularly when working at heights
  • appropriately store equipment to transport it between jobs
  • keep records of jobs to be done and payments.

Key skills and interests

To become a window cleaner, you would need:

  • to have good physical fitness
  • a good awareness of safety issues
  • an understanding of specialist equipment for lifting or lowering at heights
  • to enjoy practical work
  • good organisational skills
  • to be comfortable working at heights.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a window cleaner working for a cleaning company, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. If you were self-employed, you could work hours that suit you.


Window cleaners work outside in all types of weather. Some work at extreme heights, on tall buildings, either in a harness or a safety cradle.

You would require a current drivers' licence to travel between jobs.


How to become an Window Cleaner?

Entry Level Education

There are no formal qualifications for window cleaners, and you would get some training on the job if you were employed by a cleaning company.

Window cleaners who work at heights may have to complete a Work Safely at Heights short course.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of cleaners generally is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Population growth and the construction of new homes, apartments and commercial buildings drives cleaning opportunities. Many new jobs, including for window & glass cleaning, are also expected in facilities related to health care, as this industry is expected to grow rapidly.


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