Locksmith Training Courses – How to become a locksmith

How to become a Locksmith

This page will guide you through what you need to think about when starting your career as a Locksmith. It will explain what Locksmith training courses you may need to take, what the differences between courses are and what they involve. We aim to give you an overview of what to expect as you train to become a professional Locksmith.


However, if you would like further information with regards to Locksmith Training, then please visit our dedicated Locksmith Training Academy site.


Locksmith Training

The Locksmithing industry is large and covers many different areas, including domestic and commercial markets. Locksmiths are never short of work, and often have a steady stream of work all year round. A person who has received professional, accredited Locksmith training is always in demand for many reasons; people move house everyday in the UK and need their locks changing. More and more properties are being bought for the rental market and landlords will need to change the locks every time a tenant leaves and thousands of business owners including shops, hotels and offices need to make sure there security is up-to-date. These people will want to choose a Locksmith that has proven skills and knowledge, so they can be sure that their property has been secured to a high standard. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the requirements of the Locksmithing industry; the undeniable fact that people lose their keys and lock themselves out every day demonstrates that there will always be a need for qualified Locksmiths.


What Locksmith training courses are available?

We offer a wide range of courses at the Keytek® Locksmith Academy. Take a look on our Academy website here.


What accreditations do I need before I start my Locksmith training courses?

You don’t need any previous qualifications to start a Locksmith training course, you will however need a valid UK driving license. There are some attributes that will befit you if you want to become a Locksmith; ability to gain an understanding of mechanics and electronics, general DIY skills, a flair for detail when carrying out intricate procedures and an analytical and questioning mind.


What qualifications do I need to become a Locksmith?

With the Keytek® Locksmith training academy you can earn a Level 4 Locksmith Course which has been accredited by the NCFE. This involves a 5 or 8 day course that will give you a comprehensive understanding of the practical application of Locksmith techniques. This is further enhanced on the 8 day course which involves scenario training and on site shadowing.


What is covered in the Locksmith training courses?

What is covered in each course is dependent on which one you take. All of our Locksmith courses provide; a non-destructive course will teach you about the techniques needed to open a door with damaging it. Our uPVC course will give you a comprehensive understanding of uPVC doors. Additionally with our eight and five day courses however, boast the most in-depth and detailed program. You will come away with a Level 4 accreditation and have the confidence to use the most up-to-date techniques in Locksmithing.


What Locksmith tools will I need for the Locksmith training courses?

With Keytek® all of your tools will be provided, you will not need to bring anything with you. You will use a variety of tools, including; screwdrivers, chisels, hacksaws, mole grips, drill bits, drills, tapes, measures, rulers and specific Locksmith tools for picking to snapping.


How long does it take to become a Locksmith?

Keytek® offers a range of courses ranging from one day to 8 days. However, it takes experience and practice to become a skilled Locksmith.


Auto Locksmith training courses

Auto Locksmithing is different from traditional Locksmithing, as it is specific to cars. A trainee Locksmith who takes an auto Locksmith course will be taught how to; strip, understand and rebuild a range of vehicle locks, lock picking and decoding both cylinder and laser locks, along with an overview of immobiliser systems, transponders and diagnostics, and much, much more.


What is a CHAS accreditation

Keytek® has been CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accredited for the past ten years. This accreditation shows our customers that we have a strong commitment to setting the highest of standards for health and safety within the Locksmith industry.

To gain our CHAS accreditation they assessed our; health and safety policy statement. Our organisation health and safety, they researched our specific health and safety arrangements to a standard that is acceptable to their buyers and to others, they also looked into our background.

For more information on CHAS either visit our Keytek® CHAS page or the CHAS website. 


Locksmith Career Guide

What to expect after becoming an accredited Locksmith?

Once you have completed your Locksmith training course and have your accreditation in Locksmithing, you can expect a rewarding career with a steady flow of work. If you choose to sub-contract then you can join the Keytek® team, you are able to dictate your own working hours and fit them around your life. If you need to pick your children up from school every day between 3-4, then we will not offer you work within that hour. But if you have a weekend free, then let us know that you can work, and we will pass on as many jobs as you want.


Your working environment

As a certified Locksmith you can expect to work in both commercial and residential properties. Your jobs can range from changing the locks on a new home, to securing a shop after a break in.

Further information with regards to Locksmith Training can be found on our dedicated Locksmith Training Academy site at www.locksmiths-training.co.uk 


What does a Locksmith do?

As a key worker, a Locksmith undertakes many essential security tasks for residential homes and commercial properties including:

  • Emergency lock outs that include picking locks or drilling locks to gain entry
  • Supplying, fitting and upgrading locks on uPVC doors and windows
  • Upgrading home security
  • Cutting keys
  • Emergency auto entry – should someone get locked outside their car
  • Gain entry into safes, filling cabinets etc.
  • Open and install locks on garage doors
  • Work with housing associations to gain access into repossessed properties
  • Provide security advice to homeowners and business owners
  • Keep up to date with new security products
  • Installing security products such as smart home security
  • Maintain clear records of any orders of stock and jobs that you complete
  • Commuting: as a Locksmith you will need to travel to many different properties in various locations with a van full of stock that you will need


Why Become a Locksmith?

Training to become a Locksmith is a route many have chosen to go down and for good reasons such as the following:

Locksmith Work/Life Balance

A Locksmith career is great for those who are looking for a better work/life balance. This is because as a Locksmith you are able to choose your own working hours; many Locksmiths still work around 40 hours a week but spread those hours out over evenings and weekends.


Locksmith career progression

There are new locks coming on to the market every day, including the new phase of ‘smart locks’ so a Locksmith will never stop learning, the more advanced your skills the more complicated jobs you can take on. The room for growth within the Locksmith industry is never ending. The Locksmithing industry generally remains unaffected regardless of the wider economy, so you can expect to have a constant stream of work and with this comes peace of mind.


How much does a Locksmith Earn?

A Locksmith salary varies depending on the hours they work. On average a Locksmith can earn anywhere from £16,000 – £30,000+ per year, the top end can increase dramatically depending on how many hours you initially put in and if you decide to grow your own business to build a franchise.


Locksmith Job Safety

Locksmiths are essential key workers, for this reason Locksmith jobs are safe. There is a constant need of supply and demand as a Locksmith so you can rest assured that no matter what may come your way…a global pandemic namely… you know you will still be able to work. Even as the times change with smart technologies, Locksmiths are still required!


Locksmiths are Needed all over the UK

A Locksmith is able to work from anywhere in the UK so there is no need to up sticks and relocate for your work. Or maybe that is exactly what you want to do, as you have the freedom to work from the Scottish islands right down to the south coast and everywhere in-between as a Locksmith.

The only thing you will need to be aware of as an existing Locksmith moving into a new area is remembering to market yourself as a Locksmith so you can build new customers in that area. If you are part of the Keytek® community there is no need to worry about marketing as we have a full in-house team doing everything you need and more to get your vital customers.


Things to consider before training to become a Locksmith

There are a few things that you will need to consider before embarking on your Locksmith journey such as the following:

Evening and weekend work:

Firstly, you will need to consider whether you would like to work nights and weekends as you may be able to charge higher prices for out of hour’s jobs, in turn you will receive a higher pay packet.



You will need to decide whether you would like to work in your immediate area which will mean less travelling and less petrol money spent. Or if you will travel further afield which will guarantee more customers but more time and money spent on travelling.

If you decide to only work in the immediate area you will need to consider whether the area is financially stable meaning customers are more likely to pay out higher prices for a Locksmith or if there is a high crime rate where burglaries happen meaning you will get more work replacing locks.



Lastly, consider how densely populated your area is already with Locksmiths as they will be your competition. You may want to consider specialising in a field of Locksmithing, for example, training to become an auto Locksmith or safe specialist if your local area already has a few local Locksmiths.


Initial funds:

You will need to have some savings if you are just beginning your Locksmith journey. See the section ‘How much does it cost to become a Locksmith’ to find out more information.


How much does it cost to become a Locksmith?

Another thing to consider before embarking on your Locksmith journey…

Locksmith Course Prices

As a beginner to the Locksmith trade you will need to take a course to learn all of the necessary skills required. We recommend the 5 day or 8 day* Locksmith course at our purpose-built Keytek® Locksmith Academy to learn everything you need with confidence. Take a look at our Locksmith courses page here to find out a bit more about the courses in detail and the Locksmith course prices. We are also proud to offer 0% APR Locksmith loans to those who require it, find out more about our Locksmith loans here!

*please note our 8 day courses are currently not running as you cannot sufficiently remain a safe distance. Please be assured our 5 day course is covid-19 compliant as we have limited the number of people allowed on each course, require temperature checks upon entering and regular hand washing.


Locksmith Tools

You will also need a range of specialist tools to carry out your work as a Locksmith; this can initially be expensive so ensure you factor the cost of tools before training. We are pleased to be able to offer you Locksmith tool kits on our courses. Take a look at our Stock and Tool Packages page to find out the tool costs and what is included.


Locksmith Van

You will also need your own van as you will need to take a fully stocked van to each property you visit. You are able to use any vehicle you like to go to each job but we recommend acquiring a van with lots of space to hold your tools. Petrol is also something you will need to factor in your prices as you travel to and from customers’ properties. Furthermore, you may consider vinyl wrapping your van or buying van stickers so that your customers can easily recognise you as their Locksmith as well as attracting more customers as you drive around.


Online Locksmith training courses

Online Locksmith training courses are not common, and are not accredited within the industry. Without being taught the practical elements of Locksmithing, you will struggle to grasp the foundation of the skills needed when on site. We would advise that you gain your Locksmith training through a well established NCFE accredited training provider, with approved centre status.


Locksmith apprenticeships

To be eligible for any apprenticeships in the UK you need to be 16 or over, living in England and not in full time education.

How long are you a Locksmith apprentice for?

Apprenticeships combine practical training within a job as well as study and can take between 1-5 years to complete.

What exams/testing do you have to do as a Locksmith apprentice?

While you are an apprentice you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get time to study, usually about one day a week.


How to find a company to take you on as a Locksmith?

Locksmith apprenticeships are available, though not through Keytek®. Some other organisations offer apprenticeships to gain a level two in Locksmithing.


Becoming a Locksmith FAQs


What qualifications do I need to be a Locksmith?

There are currently no required Locksmith qualifications as the industry is currently unregulated. However, it is recommended that you have a Locksmith accreditation before tampering with other people’s locks and security.

The industry is rapidly changing and the Locksmith industries regulations and standardisations are under the spot light. Due to this movement in the industry we are excited to be able to provide you with the first Locksmith qualification in the UK…arriving in the latter half of 2020 ensuring we are one step ahead of the game.


Are there qualifications in Locksmithing?

There are currently no qualifications in Locksmithing. However, at the Keytek® Locksmith Academy we offer a level 4 Locksmith accreditation, currently the highest Locksmith recognition in the UK. The Locksmith industry regulations are changing however so keep your eyes peeled for news from the Keytek® Academy as we will soon be able to offer you the first official Locksmith qualification in the UK!


How much does it cost to call a Locksmith?

For Locksmith pricing information please check our Locksmith Prices page here!


Want to become a Locksmith?

Give us a call on 01202 711195 or email us at academy@keytek.co.uk if you are interested in one of our courses or have any questions, our friendly team at the Academy will be more than happy to help. No question is too big or too small!