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The Path to Becoming a Locksmith

how to become a locksmithLocksmiths are people who work with locks and safes.

Locksmiths often try to open locks without a key and without any damage.

Many can work with everything from basic locks to advanced computerized safes.

Some locksmiths also recommend and install security systems.

In order to successfully become a locksmith, you need to have excellent problem-solving skills, good spatial reasoning, a deep understanding of lock mechanics, great customer service skills, and good hand-eye coordination.

A locksmith’s duties may include

  • Unlocking a customer’s car, business, or home
  • Opening safes
  • Rekeying locks
  • Installing locks
  • Repairing locks
  • Duplicating locks
  • Changing lock combinations
  • Cutting keys
  • Advising customers on security
  • Inspecting locking mechanisms
  • Providing service calls 24 hours a day
  • Selling and installing safes

A locksmith may find employment as a freelance expert, with a locksmith business, or with a security company. Most locksmiths need to be available to work flexible hours.

In order to become a locksmith, you need to learn the locksmith skills, pass a background check, research getting licensed and consider a certification.

Education

Becoming a locksmith often requires a mixture of hands-on training and in classroom learning such as Stratford Career Institute’s Locksmith Training Course. Classroom learning can include theories, best practices, and industry information.

Hands-on training is when someone actually shows you in-person how to become a locksmith and what it is like to work as a locksmith. You can get this training by becoming an apprentice under an experienced locksmith. Some states may require you to be an apprentice under a licensed locksmith for a specific amount of time.

Background Check

Because locksmiths have access to people’s’ personal information and property, many states require that all locksmiths pass background checks to show that they do not have a criminal history.

License

Some states and municipalities require that locksmiths are licensed or go through specific training courses. Some states and cities require that you spend a minimum amount of time as an apprentice locksmith under a licensed locksmith while others may require you to pass a test before getting your license.

You should research your area to see what your state and local requirements are.

Certification

Additionally, you can obtain a voluntary certification. Having a certification can increase your clients trust in your abilities and increase your credibility. Some businesses or employers may prefer locksmiths who have a recognized certification.

The Associated Locksmiths of America offers certifications designating you as a ALOA Fundamental Locksmith (AFL), Certified Automotive Locksmiths (CAL), Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL), Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL), or Certified Master Locksmith (CML). These certifications have different requirements but generally include a test of your knowledge in specific areas related to being a locksmith.

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Train to Be a Locksmith!

Train to Be a Locksmith!

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