Locksmithing can be a very rewarding, competitive, and long-term career. It’s not for everyone (we are available 24 hours after all) but it is a skill that can provide you freedom and fun!
So, how do you do it? Well, we’ll let our buds at How To Become answer that for us…
Training to become a locksmith often involves a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. There are many locksmithing schools and training programs located across the country that offer both in-person and online courses. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) maintains a list of approved training programs on its website, and this can be a good place to start if you are looking for a program.
Students in a locksmithing training program take courses in topics like key identification, key making, lock installation, lock picking, residential locks, commercial locks, automotive locks, electronic access locks, home and business security systems, master key systems, safe and vault locks, and high security locks. Students who complete in-person programs often have opportunities to put their learning into practice on the tools that locksmiths use. Online programs may provide students with tools that they can use to practice at home.
To gain additional hands-on experience, many locksmiths complete an apprenticeship or work as a trainee with an experienced locksmith. Not all locksmiths are willing to take on trainees or apprentices, but many are. An apprentice may perform tasks around the office or go out into the field with an experienced locksmith.
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