Locksmith

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Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

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How to become

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How to become a locksmith

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • training with a private training company

Direct Application

You could contact local locksmith companies to see if they're prepared to take you on as a trainee.

You'll find it helps if you have good practical skills, and some experience of carpentry, glazing or electronics.

Other Routes

You do not need any specific qualifications to trade as a locksmith.

A number of training courses teach the skills and knowledge you need to work in this role.

You could take the level 3 Diploma for Commercial Locksmiths and Property Security or another course depending on your interests and experience.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a locksmith, you will:

  • assess jobs and estimate times and costs
  • remove old or broken locks
  • fit new locks to doors and windows
  • cut copies of keys
  • fit combination locks and timing devices to safes
  • sell, service and repair locks and other security devices
  • repair locks on motor vehicles
  • respond to call-outs from people locked out of their premises or after break-ins
  • give advice to customers about home and business security

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could:

  • work for a national locksmith company
  • specialise in domestic, commercial or vehicle security
  • set up your own business

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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