Becoming a Locksmith

When you consider that virtually every external door on every building in the world has a lock, it is easy to see why there is always a need for locksmiths. The field seems to have a steady demand regardless of what the economy is doing. There are multiple paths to becoming a locksmith.

There is no formal education that is required for those entering the locksmith field. There is, however, a good amount of training that must be completed. Most also work as an apprentice on their way to becoming a certified locksmith. Some of the coursework includes classes like lock picking, re-keying and how to change the combination on a safe. Apprenticeships may run as long as four years, depending on your location. In most instances, apprenticeships are a paid position.

Certification is not required for those in the locksmith field but it is a step to earn credibility in the field. The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) offers exams for certification. Those working in the fields and taking the exams can earn specific designations like Registered Locksmith or Certified Master Safe Tech.

If you’re unsure as to whether you would make a good locksmith, there are some personal traits that can help you evaluate whether the job is a good fit. You’ll need good hand-eye coordination, good people skills and some aptitude for mechanical things.

The career does offer some level of freedom and flexibility of hours for those who choose this path. It is also a job skill that transfers easily to any location across the nation.

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM