Residential Building

Maintenance Worker

Residential Building Maintenance Workers are highly versatile and can assess many situations—from construction to plumbing—and address them, ensuring the buildings they manage are in working order. 

As a Residential Building Maintenance Worker, you’ll enjoy a dynamic and engaging role.  

You’re very resourceful, using a broad range of knowledge and skills to repair, maintain, install and remove a range of components and systems. This could include fixing electrical appliances, removing a troublesome plumbing fixture—and more, making you an essential handyperson who can do a bit of everything

What You'll Learn

  • How to perform all duties in accordance with building codes and bylaws 
  • How to maintain or repair piping and plumbing fixtures, as well as electrical appliances, outlets and accessories 
  • How to lay out, measure, cut and assemble wood 
  • How to maintain and place concrete products  
  • How to maintain, repair and remove gutters, flashing, roofing systems, insulation, tiles, carpet, Gyproc walls, and more 

Key Job Skills

  • Communication and coordination  
  • Troubleshooting 
  • Hand and power tool use 
  • Construction, plumbing and electrical techniques 
  • Knowledge of bylaws and building codes 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

Technical Training 24 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
4500 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$15.65 — $30.29

Program Updates

The Exam Breakdowns are available for Levels 1, 2, 3, and the Cof Q and show the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

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If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.