Housekeeping courses in Kenya [All you need to know]

Last updated on July 27th, 2023 at 03:35 pm

Below we look at Housekeeping courses in Kenya (everything that is important to you including minimum entry requirements and colleges offering housekeeping courses in Kenya).

Read it to the end if you have been thinking about taking a housekeeping course in Kenya:

Housekeeping courses in Kenya: All you need to know

First, let us look at what housekeeping is all about..

The housekeeping function/department in organizations like a hotel is routinely responsible for roles such as cleanliness, general maintenance, and aesthetic upkeep of rooms, public areas, offices, ground, and surroundings.

Don’t forget that housekeeping together with laundry is a very important service in a hotel and related facilities (Restaurants, Air BnB’s, Residential Institutions, Hospitals, etc.).

Of course, the reputation and hence business growth for a hotel is significantly dependent on the sales of rooms (and nobody will buy accommodation if rooms are not well kept), food, beverages, and other supporting services such as laundry.

Requirements for Housekeeping courses in Kenya

Degree (Bachelor’s) in Institutional Catering and accommodation


Diploma in housekeeping and laundry (KNEC)

Minimum Entry Requirements

KCSE Aggregate: C-

Additional Requirements: None.


Certificate in housekeeping and laundry

Minimum Entry Requirements

KCSE Aggregate: C-

Additional Requirements: Have a C- in English.

Note that you can be admitted into the course at the certificate level with a Mean Grade of D+ (KCSE) in  institutions offering KNEC-Examined Certificate In Laundry & Housekeeping.

How long does a certificate course in housekeeping take in Kenya?

The course usually takes 2 semesters(1 academic year)


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Artisan in Housekeeping and Accommodation

Minimum Entry Requirements

KCSE Aggregate: E

Additional Requirements: None.


Colleges offering housekeeping courses in Kenya

Kenya Utalii College

You can start at the certificate level here and advance to a Diploma after passing your certificate

Kenya Utalii College Contacts

Location: Along Thika SuperHighway

Call: 0722 205492

Website: Click here

Technical University of Kenya

While it is known for its excellent technical courses, The Technical University also offers Housekeeping and Laundry operation courses.

Technical University of Kenya Contacts

Location: Haile Selassie Avenue (entrance is along workshop road), Nairobi

Call: 254(020) 343672

Website: Click here

Equip Africa Institute

This is owned by Mt Kenya University and is an option too.

Equip Africa Institute Contacts

Location: General Kago Road, Thika and Nairobi (Union Towers, Moi Avenue)

Call: 0709 153 205 / 0785 667 771

Website: Click here

Coast Institute of Technology(CIT)


Call: 0412011393


Courses: Craft In Housekeeping(CDACC)

Mukiria Technical Training Institute


Call: 0719118700


Courses: Certificate in Laundry & Housekeeping


Co-operative University


Call: 0724 311606


Courses: Diploma in Housekeeping Management

Murang’a University of Technology


Call: 0771 370 824


Courses: Diploma in Housekeeping Management

Housekeeping short courses

Bear in mind that you can as well take a short course in Housekeeping as a way of making your CV more attractive or to help you earn a promotion at your current workplace.

If this is the route you’d like to take, you have a few options.

Here are some of the housekeeping short courses you can pursue in Kenya:

Housekeeping Operations Techniques

This takes 3 Months and is offered at Utalii college.

Please call them via 0722 205492 and confirm if they have an intake.


Housekeeping, Laundry, & Cookery

This is offered by Kibondeni College and again takes just 3 months.

The college is located along Ewaso Ngiro Road (off Kabarsiran Avenue/off James Gichuru Road) Waiyaki Way, Nairobi and you can call them via 0780 484873.


Key skills and interest required to pursue a career in this field

  • Attention to details
  • Customer Focus
  • Persuasion skills
  • Networking skills
  • Reliability
  • Active listening skills
  • Planning skills
  • Organization skills
  • Team spirit
  • Negotiation skills
  • High level of integrity
  • High Energy Level



What the job/career/professional entails

Duties include:

  • Ensuring cleanliness of all areas
  • Organizing work schedule
  • Coordinating arrivals and departures
  • Responding to customer and guest queries
  • Maintaining the properties of the institution
  • Ensuring safety measures are observed


Career prospects

There are dozens of career opportunities for graduates of a housekeeping course – from entry-level supervision in learning institutions, members clubs, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, airlines, laundry shops, laundry and dry-cleaning plants, entertainment/leisure properties, cleaning companies, cruise ships, etc.

Here are the typical housekeeping jobs in Kenya you can be hired for


  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Assistant


  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Machine Operator
  • Janitor


  • Housekeeping supervisor
  • School Matron
  • Janitor
  • Entrepreneur


  • Restaurateur
  • Housekeeping Manager
  • Laundry supervisor
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Entrepreneurs


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