You can learn more about becoming a locksmith by speaking to experienced locksmiths in your area. Because there is no one established path to becoming a locksmith, talk to a variety of people to see how they pursued their education and training. You can also learn more through the Associated Locksmiths of America website.If you see locksmithing as a future career, the first thing we recommend is doing your homework. Becoming a locksmith requires a lot of research. Read on below for some questions to ask yourself and as well as further reading on the topic of locksmith training and qualifications.
To become a locksmith requires taking a training course, the most popular choice is by attending our 5-day beginner’s course which includes 4 modules split over 5 days where you learn about key cutting, picking locks to fitting locks.
Other avenues include on the job training with companies who may be willing to take on a trainee.
Facebook Group: for those thinking about becoming a locksmith you can join our Locksmith Resource Group on Facebook.
How long does it take to learn to be a locksmith?
It can take up to around 3-4 years to become a fully competent locksmith. Some attendees set-up their own business after taking our beginner’s locksmith courses, gaining experience starting with small jobs and working their way up to larger projects.
The amount of time taken to become a locksmith may be reduced if you were previously a carpenter, joiner or someone with good dexterity/mechanical/electronic skills.
Those who don’t set up their own business go down the employed route or take on a role as a trainee locksmith.
Important questions to ask yourself
1. Where will you be working?
Will you cover a certain radius of the area you in? or just concentrate on one specific area
2. Whats the market like?
Is the area a cash-rich area, is your area a high crime area?
3. How many locksmiths are there in the area you’ll be working?
Some areas are overpopulated with locksmiths and you may struggle to make it.
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What area of Locksmithing should I Offer?
If you think the area can support the services of a locksmith then you need to think about:
What services will you be offering?
More importantly what services are required by the customers?
Will you be doing domestic work or commercial
Auto? Safes? Access Control? Electrical security etc.
Will you be a 24 Emergency Mobile Locksmith?
There are so many facets to locksmithing and areas of specialisation that you can get into once the basics have been covered that you need to formulate a business plan and be realistic with your costs!