Training to become a locksmith – some advice

There are countless locksmith courses popping up around the country; some of them trustworthy, others not so much. The latter, usually 2-3 day courses are often unregulated, and eventually lead to under qualified locksmiths taking to the profession, giving the industry a bad name.

LockIf you’re looking to train to become a locksmith we’ve put together some advice to ensure that you know what to expect.

Choose wisely

Inferior training seems to be on the rise. There are even some students out there setting themselves up as trainers without actually having spent any time working in the field. It’s important to understand that working as a locksmith isn’t a ‘get rich quick scheme’. It takes years of practice and dedication for the profession to become that lucrative.

A formal framework must be put in place for the training and apprenticeships of the locksmith profession. There are thought to be 6,500 unregulated locksmiths operating in the UK, a figure that’s far too high and one that will detriment the profession.

So choose wisely. Ensure that the course you’ve chosen has a good reputation and can be trusted. You don’t want to be stung, and you don’t want to head out into the profession with little to no knowledge on how the industry works.

What to expect

Work as a locksmith would typically include:

  • Fitting locks
  • Servicing and repairing locks
  • Cutting copies of keys
  • Motor vehicle lock repairs
  • Advise customers on the best lock for the job
  • Supply an emergency service

Many locksmiths also have an understanding of other security systems and mechanisms such as CCTV.

You should expect to work weekends. In fact, many clients lose their keys during the weekend period, which means it could be your busiest time of the week. Don’t be surprised to work nights either.

Development & training

You will have to learn the trade, but as we said earlier, it’s vital you learn from qualified teachers. There exists a body named the British Locksmiths Institute that offers courses allowing you to train. They’re part of the Master Locksmiths Association; a recognised body for locksmithing.