Steps For Becoming A Locksmith Part I
Locksmiths work with safes and locks to offer various services to customers that relate to those items. A locksmith can help a customer select locks for their business or home, repair malfunctioning locking devices and locks, rekey locks, cut keys to use for locks, and install locks. Also, locksmiths assist customers who get locked out of their cars, businesses, and homes. Getting a lock open without a key is similar to solving puzzles, and various methods are used by locksmiths to get locks open without damaging them.
The products and tools that locksmiths use range from basic locks to sophisticated security systems and locking devices. Locksmiths need to be familiar with different kinds of locks that they might run into as part of their work and keep current of technological advances. They need to know how to use tools like drills, grinders, and lathes. Experience with electrical and carpentry work also can benefit locksmiths.
Since customers might need their help at any time of the day or night, locksmiths might work irregular hours in various weather conditions and locations.
What type of training is needed for becoming a locksmith?
Training for becoming a locksmith frequently involves both hands-on experience and classroom learning. There are numerous locksmithing training programs and school that are located all over the country offering both online and in-person classes. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) has a list that it maintains on its websites of an approved training program, so if you are searching for a program that can be a good place to get started.
Locksmith training program students take courses on various subjects like high-security locks, vault, and safe locks, electronic access locks, automotive locks, commercial locks, residential locks, lock picking, lock installation, key making, and key identification. Students who finish in-person programs frequently have opportunities for their learning to be put into practice on tools that are used by locksmiths. Online programs and give students tools they can use for practicing at home.
To obtain more hands-on experience, numerous locksmiths undergo an apprenticeship program or work with an experienced locksmith as a trainee. Not every locksmith is willing to take apprentices or trainees on, but there are many that are. An apprentice might perform tasks in the office or get with an experienced locksmith into the field.
Are there any licensure or certification requirements?
Since locksmiths are given access to individuals homes as well as high-security areas and sensitive security information, clients and employers need to be able to trust a locksmith is reliable and qualified. There are many states that require that locksmiths have a license for practicing their trade. Also, voluntary certification demonstrates to clients that high standards for experience and training have been met by the locksmith.
Locksmiths in some states are required to just pass a criminal background check, while in others, locksmiths are required to pass a licensing exam and take an approved training class. In some jurisdictions, locksmith apprentices are also required to obtain a license. Typically to obtain an apprentice license, a criminal background check will have to be passed. Typically they are no licensing exams that have to be passed at that stage. However, apprentice applicants are required to demonstrate that a licensed locksmith has employed them.
In addition to having a license, locksmiths may pursue voluntary certifications as well. Certifications for locksmiths are offered by Associated Locksmiths of America at different expertise levels. Typically a person will start to pursue the designation called Certified Registered Locksmith. With additional experience and training, locksmiths will be able to become Certified Master Locksmiths and Certified Professional Locksmiths.