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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand

How to become

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 can start to train as a locksmith by taking a course like the Level 3 Diploma for Commercial Locksmiths and Property Security through a private training company.

More Information

Further information

You can find out more about careers in locksmithing from the Master Locksmiths Association.

What it takes

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

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

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

Current opportunities

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