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The Path to Becoming a Locksmith
Locksmiths 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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