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Locksmith Training, School And Course Information

Updated on July 10, 2009

Locksmith Training Courses

Are you considering a new career as a locksmith? Training is widely available both online and part time through local locksmith training courses. Completing a comprehensive training program will enable you to obtain the proper licensing and certification to get started in this lucrative business.

What are the requirements to enter a locksmith training program?

Most of the time, a locksmith course will not require that you obtain an Associates or Bachelors Degree. A GED or High school diploma should be sufficient to start your training.

What is needed to become a locksmith? What does the training cover?

The requirements, certifications, licenses and necessary skills for locksmiths vary greatly from state to state. If you are planning on enrolling in an online locksmith training course, be sure to compare their course offerings with your local requirements before registering. If you choose to enroll in a local trade school or community college that offers classroom training, it will most likely be geared toward meeting the requirement for your state specifically. It is a good idea to double check before committing to the classes (and the payments).

Certain states such as Texas will require a long term apprenticeship in addition to regular or classroom training. Other states require a student take an exam consisting of a written and practical portion before issuing a license.

Locksmith training schools will teach you to install and replace locks of all types.
Locksmith training schools will teach you to install and replace locks of all types.

Professional Locksmith Training Courses Online

It is important to understand that a training program that is offered online gives you several advantages, but one big disadvantage! They only offer certification programs, and you will still need to get your local / state license before beginning to work as a locksmith. All states do not require a license, so be sure to check the requirements first.

Advantages of an online locksmith training program:

  • Work through the course on your own schedule.
  • Complete the course work quickly to get a jump start on your new career (if you have the time available.
  • Take as long as you want to complete the course if you are currently working another job.
  • Add specialty classes such as auto locksmith training
  • Some locksmith training schools will offer long term support to answer any questions and help you get started in the business.

Locksmith Specialties

As with almost any profession, there are specialty areas that you can focus on. If you can become an expert locksmith in a particular field, your will find your business to be very lucrative. To learn a specialty, you may want to consider an apprenticeship with an expert in that field, or enroll in master locksmith training.

A few locksmith specialties to consider:

  • Residential locksmiths: Work primarily on installing, repairing or replacing residential locks, key copying.
  • Safes : Specialized in personal and business safes, installation and maintenance.
  • Commercial Locksmiths: Install and maintain security gates, store locks and security systems for businesses.
  • Lockout specialists: A locksmith who specializes in helping people who are locked out of their car, home or business.


Photo by sczcel
Photo by sczcel

Training and Career Q & A

What is the average pay for locksmiths?

Depending on your geographic location, you could earn an average of $30-$80 per hour as a locksmith. If you are willing and able to make yourself available to work on weekends or as a 24 hour / emergency locksmith, you can expect to make quite a bit more, particularly in large metropolitan areas.

What other directions could you take your career over the years?

Many locksmiths continue learning on the job and become specialists in electronic locking systems, become security consultants or enroll in master locksmith training courses. If that is your ultimate goal, completing the basic locksmith training is a great first step in the right direction. Over time, as you acquire new skills and continue to educate your self through additional training and apprenticeships you can find your niche specialty and create a secure and comfortable income for yourself.

For additional information and a comprehensive outline of what it takes to become a locksmith in your particular state, contact the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). They offer classes and scholarships for highly motivated students who are in need of financial assistance to complete their training.

Would you enjoy working as a locksmith?

If you would like to find out what a day in the life of a locksmith is really like, try calling a local locksmith in your area. Tell them you are considering locksmith training and would like to ask them some questions about their profession. Chances are they would be more then happy to share their experience and offer extremely valuable advice about training and other requirements necessary to be successful in this field.

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