How Do I Become a Cash Handler?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 13 October 2018
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The requirements you'll have to meet to become a cash handler may vary from employer to employer. Typically, you will need at least a high school education or a general educational development (GED) diploma for this type of job, though some employers prefer candidates with college degrees instead. You will likely also need a range of skills, including math, accounting, computer, and communication skills, to have a good chance at qualifying for this type of job. Some employers might also require you to demonstrate your reliability and trustworthiness and be capable of lifting at least 50 pounds (about 22.73 kilograms) on a regular basis.

The education you will need to become a cash handler typically depends on the company that hires you. In many cases, you will need to graduate from high school or earn a GED diploma to have the best chance of getting hired for this job. In some cases, however, you may find that employers prefer job candidates with additional education. To have the most opportunities available to you as an aspiring cash handler as well as the chance to earn higher pay, you may do well to earn an associate's degree instead. It is important to keep in mind, however, that employers that state a preference for college graduates may also prove willing to consider experience in exchange for higher education.


There is a range of skills you will likely need in order to become a cash handler. For example, most employers will expect you to have excellent math skills and at least basic accounting abilities. Some prospective employers will also expect you to have experience handling large amounts of cash, while others may be willing to train you to meet their needs. You also will likely need computer skills, as many companies use computer programs in their cash handling processes; good communication skills are often required as well. Additionally, you may have to pass a counterfeit certification exam to land this job.

A prospective employer will likely care a great deal about your reliability and trustworthiness when you want to become a cash handler. As such, providing good personal and employment references may help you to land a job. Some employers, however, desire even more proof of your trustworthiness. In such a case, they may require you to submit to a credit or background check before hiring you.

Interestingly, some cash handling jobs have physical requirements as well. For example, some employers set requirements when it comes to lifting ability. When this is a requirement, many employers state a preference for job candidates who can lift up to 50 pounds (about 22.73 kilograms) on a regular basis.



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