How Do I Choose the Best Locksmith Training Courses?

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  • Written By: Lainie Petersen
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  • Last Modified Date: 26 July 2019
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If you are interested in studying locksmithing, it's important to carefully evaluate your training options. While there are a multitude of distance learning locksmith training courses available, some schools offer classroom training courses as well. Many locksmiths learn their trade through serving a traditional apprenticeship, however, and if you plan to become a professional locksmith, you may find that an apprenticeship is your best option for truly learning the trade. On the other hand, if you don't want to become a professional locksmith and are interested in locksmithing only because you work in a profession or trade where locksmithing skills are of use, basic training courses may be your best option. Finally, be aware of the standards for obtaining a locksmith license in your jurisdiction, as you may be required to complete your training at a school approved by your area licensing board.

Professional locksmiths install and replace locks, pick locks when necessary, and may also produce keys. Locksmiths will sometimes specialize in various types of locks, such as car locks or electronic locks, and may also provide security consulting services. Some locksmith training courses may be very general in scope, while you may also be able to find training programs that teach you the specific locksmith techniques that you want or need to learn.


You should contact the licensing board for locksmiths in your area if your intent is to take up locksmithing as a profession. The board can tell you exactly what types of locksmith training courses will qualify you to obtain your locksmith's license. They may also be able to put you in touch with locksmiths who may be willing to take you on as an apprentice. Check out the reputation of locksmith training courses and schools in your area and make sure that they are recognized by your area's licensing board. You should be particularly careful when taking distance learning classes, as some professional associations and licensing boards may not recognize this type of education.

If you are not interested in licensure, you don't have to worry about whether a locksmith training course is recognized by a locksmith union or licensing board. At the same time, you don't want to spend your money on a course that doesn't adequately teach you the skills you need to learn. You may wish to ask associates and other locksmiths if they can refer you to a reputable training program that meets your needs. Another option is to find out whether local locksmithing schools offer workshops or short courses on individual topics. By taking individual courses, you can learn and pay for the knowledge that you need.



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