First Step: Locksmith Entry Training
A person aspiring to become a locksmith must undergo some kind of formal training. This will give them the basic skill sets required to succeed in the career field. This training may be found through certificate and diploma programs both in brick and mortar schools and online. The training given will teach the new locksmith the proper way to pick many different locks and the repair of residential and commercial buildings. The educational process includes an understanding of the mechanics of locks and the installation of security locks. Paths of study may also include training in automotive locksmithing and courses of study regarding the legal and business aspects of locksmithing.
As in other career fields, the area of locksmithing offers apprenticeships wherein a new locksmith may spend time on the job with a master locksmith learning the trade. Apprenticeships are most often unpaid but the skills learned are profoundly valuable and important to “setting the learing in concrete.”
The amount of time needed for adequate training can vary from a minimum of three months or as long as three years depending on the certificate or diploma to be awarded. The complexity and sophistication of the area of locksmithing being studied will also determine the amount of time needed for proficiency.
Step 2: Get Some Work Experience
Getting a master locksmith to allow you to learn the craft may seem daunting at first. However, many locksmiths began just as you might be starting and will be understanding of your need for initial experiences. So, ask around, navigate the marketplace and network until you find someone who will give you a go. Consider hiring on as a helping hand at first and as you gain the trust of your fellow collegues and the boss, you may find yourself gaining valuable time on the job.
Always remember your locksmithing craft is a necessary part of the culture and an integral sector of the marketplace requiring a constant rejuvenation of the locksmith workforce.
Step 3: Earn a Locksmith License
Many districts require a locksmith to be licensed by local authorities. The purpose here is to protect the consumer and keep the professional standards for the career high. Licensing requirement vary but most will require an application, a background check, possibly fingerprints and a monetary fee. It will be important to consult with your local locksmith associations or government agencies to make yourself aware of local expectations.
Step 4: Continuing Education Credits
Continuing your educational learning is not a licensing or credentialing requirement, but is necessary if you want to stay up to date with current knowledge in the field. Every field has continuing education units (CEU) that are available for learning. Doctors, lawyers and counselors all know that they must keep their knowledge base current if they are to remain an asset to the field. The same applies to locksmithing. Locks change, security systems change and the way these mechanical and electronic devices are installed, maintained and repaired require a constant upgrade or upload of new information.
Locksmith associations, manufacturers and schools all offer continuing educational credits for locksmiths to stay current. You may also gradually expand your areas of expertise as you grow in the field. Should you want to increase the initials behind your name, you will need to continue study over time.
Step 5: Earn Professional Certification
There are many levels and kinds of professional certifications available for locksmiths to earn. There are exams to take and many differnet study guides available for these tests. The study is worth it as any locksmith who is professionally certified will stand out above and beyond one that is not. Some of the categories of certifications may be Registered Locksmith (RL), Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL), Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL), and Certified Master Locksmith (CML).
Step 6: Become Part of a Professional Organization
A professional locksmithing organization has many benefits. Membership in this kind of professional fraternity will introduce you to like minded individuals who will enhance your knowledge base and skill level. The organization you join may have conventions to attend where you will find the latest technologies and systems within locksmithing. You will also be exposed to professional journals and magazines that will offer other learning experiences and exposure to the latest tools for locksmithing.
Professional organizations may also provide legislative representation at government levels that will allow you to directly impact the creation of policies governing the career. You may also have access to licensing, bonding and insurance programs that are more affordable. All of these exposures will serve to increase your customer base and grow your business.
Do Your Best As A Professional
As in other careers, the steps taken to earn a credential and the work needed to keep that credential are respected by the general public. Earning your career title as a certified locksmith is important for your career and your personal self esteem. Knowing you are professioinally credentialed and have complied with all necessary laws will give you the personal power to work with the public in a safe, knowledgeable and professional capacity.
When you are confident you not only know your career but are credentialed by all necessary entities, then you can feel satisfied knowing you are providing your customers with an unparalleled service.
My name is Mark. I am a licensed and professional locksmith. Let me know how I can help by calling 07866 522422.