This page will give you an introduction and a overview of what to expect on a locksmith training course.

A locksmith has an important job in society, and a respectable position in the world of work. The industry as a whole is a field that is constantly developing, with new products regularly coming onto the marketplace. Good training programs reflect this in their teaching material.

Locksmith training course overview

These courses are ideal for those new to the field, as well as experienced locksmiths who want to brush up on their existing skills or learn more about the latest industry developments.

They are practical, hands on intensive courses of study that are suitable for all levels of ability, and which will ultimately lead to the student becoming a qualified locksmith.  They are advanced and sophisticated training courses that will give you the technical skills, ability and qualifications needed to become a security specialist.

Typical subjects learnt on a locksmith training course

  • Access control systems
  • Alarm services
  • Anti picking methods
  • Automotive / Car opening
  • CCTV
  • Cutting edge electronic locks
  • Cutting cylinder keys
  • Destructive entry
  • Drilling techniques
  • Drilling 5 lever British Standard mortice locks
  • Electrical Access Control Course
  • Home security
  • Mater keying
  • Non destructive entry
  • Opening unlocked, failed UPVC mechanisms
  • Opening and replacing UPVC door handles
  • Picking, opening and bypassing locks.
  • Picking euro cylinders
  • Safe opening
  • Securing domestic, industrial and commercial premises.
  • Slipping Yale cylinders
  • The different types of locks in use.
  • Rekeying
  • UPVC
  • Understanding Bump Keys

You will learn how to

  • Gain entry swiftly and securely to the properties of people who are locked out.
  • By pass locks and security systems.
  • Deal diplomatically and professionally with upset people who are locked out of their premises or cars.
  • Identify locks that need replacing.
  • Prolong the life of old locks.
  • Secure grills and gates.
  • Fit new locks and electronic security systems.
  • Repair damaged locks or those worn down by wear and tear.
  • Install safes for storing valuables.
  • Give advice on the security for multi occupancy buildings.

You will also be taught non technical subjects such as

  • Starting up a locksmithing business.
  • Marketing yourself once you are qualified.
  • Professionally invoicing for any work that you have done.
  • Registering as a limited company or sole trader.

Questions to ask a locksmith training provider

  • How long have they been running courses and training locksmiths?
  • How many people have been through their courses?
  • Are they accredited by any trade organisation?
  • Do they have any testimonials from past students?
  • The course fee – does it include study material and tools?
  • How many people will there be on the course. Bear in mind that most classes tend to be small with no more than 8 people in a class. This is what you want as it leaves more time for 1 to 1 training.
  • Where will the course be held, in a workshop or unit?
  • How long will the course last?
  • If tools are provided for the course, will you get to keep them at the end?
  • Will you have to study or do any coursework at home?
  • What qualification or certificate will you get, can you see an example of it, and is it accredited by any trade or recognized industry body?
  • Will you have to take a exam or test to pass?

Skills that YOU need to pass a course and become a locksmith

  • Manual dexterity
  • Interest in mechanical gadgets
  • Basic carpentry
  • Good communication
  • Problem solving ability

Tools you will use on a locksmith course

  • Ball pick
  • Bump keys
  • Door opening tools
  • Half diamond pick
  • Hook pick
  • Key turners
  • Key extractors
  • Mortice drill gauge
  • Pickset
  • Rake pick
  • Slagel pick
  • Snap gun
  • Tension wrenches
  • Warded pick

Training material
On a course students will be taught using manuals, assessment sheets and exam papers.

How long are courses and how often are they run
Most introductory courses last no longer than a week, with intense ones lasting about two weeks. As the classes and programs of study are quiet short, it allows training providers to run courses regularly. To find out exact times you should contact the training provider for exact times, resty assured though that you won’t have to wait long.

Where are courses taught
In specialist dedicated classrooms that are kitted out with tool, workbenches and of course model locks.

Who is a locksmith training course suitable for
Anyone who wants a future career as a locksmith. It is suitable for novices new to the trade and experienced professionals who want to brush up their knowledge and skills.

Do you need a licence to work as a locksmith?
At present in the UK you do not. If you are not in the UK then you should check with the relevant local authorities.

Things to watch out for
Some course providers may try to sell you tools of the trade, it’s advisable not to buy any until you check out if they are cheaper elsewhere.

Working as a Locksmith

Advantages of becoming a locksmith
Its a well paid professional occupation, where you get to work hours that suit you. Although its a its a competitive industry where you will have to build up your own client base, it can also be a very satisfying occupation that can be very financially rewarding and where you will get to run your own business.

Equipment that a qualified, self employed locksmith needs
Transport – either a car or van
Sat Nav
Mobile phone
Tool kit


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