How to become a Locksmith

How to become a Locksmith

Locksmiths work with safes and locks and provide many different services associated with these .A locksmiths may help a customer to choose locks or safes for their home or business, install these locks, repair malfunctioning ones and assist customers when they are locked out of their homes, business or even vehicles.
A locksmith will always attempt to open a lock with out any damage and often this can be like solving a puzzle.

Skills required

So you want to become a locksmith? Firstly look at the list below and see if your personality and background would make you a suitable candidate.
• Mechanical Mind
• Ethical
• Perseverance
• Enjoy puzzles
• Ability to think creatively
• Enjoy working at night
• Curious
• Patient
If you fit into these categories a good start would be to approach your local locksmith and spend a few days getting an idea if this job is for you.


Training involves both practical hands on experience as well as training at various registered colleges through out America. An apprenticeship should be organized with a Locksmith and then register for a Locksmith course with is approved by Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). A list of registered colleges can be found on their website.
Students will be trained in:
• Key Identification
• Installing Locks
• Picking Locks
• Residential and Commercial locks
• Vehicle locks
• Safe and Vaults locks
• Business security systems
• High Security Locks
Many on line courses supply tools and locks so that trainees can practice at home.
It usually takes two years for a locksmith to become qualified.
In Addition Locksmiths can also qualify further by taking specialized courses offered by the Associated Locksmiths of America. After receiving certification from them there is opportunity to become a certified Professional or Master Locksmith.
In addition to basic Locksmith skills the ALOA requires that these candidates pass an examination in 2 of 26 special elected subjects. A Professional Locksmith must pass examination in 12 elective categories. Master Locksmiths must pass at least 90 % of the elective subjects offered.
Some of the elective subjects include Basic Electricity, Installation of Safes, Alarm systems, and Keyless Mechanical Locks.

Trade Licenses

Many states do require that a Locksmith is licensed. This is primarily because of the sensitive and ethical nature of the trade.Voluntary certification assists in obtaining the license.
Some States request that a criminal background check is obtained. This would also apply to a certified apprentice.

Career Prospects for Locksmiths

The bureau of Labor Statistics in America has advised that employment of locksmiths will grow by approx 7% between now and 2020.
Certified Locksmith will obviously have better prospects. There is the possibility after apprenticeship to become your own boss and start up a business
Certainly this is a worthwhile occupation to consider.Locksmiths will always be in demand for both a simple key replacement to dealing with the sophisticated electronic locking systems often used in business today.
Remember Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “If only I had known I would have been a Locksmith “!

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