Home repair and general maintenance workers perform routine maintenance and upkeep as well as repair and remodeling work on homes and properties. Their work may include maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment, fixing plaster or drywall, repairing roofs, fixing doors and windows, and painting the interior and exterior of a home. Some home repair and maintenance tasks may require reading blueprints. Home repair workers provide the homeowner with an estimates and a contract before beginning renovations or repairs. Unlike plumbers or electricians, home repair workers typically learn their trade on the job and are not required to complete an apprenticeship or specialized training program. However, a small number of vocational schools, community colleges, and adult education centers offer postsecondary training in home maintenance and repair.
Certificate or career diploma programs in home maintenance and repair take anywhere from a few months to a year to complete, depending whether a student is enrolled full-time or part-time, and may prepare graduates to sit for a state-licensing exam. Specific licensing requirements for home maintenance and repair workers vary by state and locality. Coursework in a home maintenance and repair program may include basic construction safety, hand and power tools, blueprint reading, principles of construction, and remodeling skills.
Voluntary certification for home repair and maintenance workers is available from the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). Applicants who successfully complete the SMRP program and exam receive a certified maintenance and reliability professional (CMRP) designation, which may help with career opportunities and advancement.