How To Become A Locksmith


The Job

As a qualified locksmith, you could find work selling, installing, maintaining and repairing locks in homes and commercial properties.

Locksmiths also sell, install and maintain security equipment, such as CCTV systems, auto alarms or locks and timers for safes.

Locksmiths need to have excellent carpentry and metalwork skills, manual dexterity and an interest in mechanics and electronics.

Patience, a methodical approach to your work and good communication skills are just as important.

Annual Salary

Locksmith Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - 2

Minimum Qualifications

Level 2, including English and Maths

Other Qualifications Needed

You can become a locksmith either through hands-on training, including an Apprenticeship, or by taking exams. Once you have reached a certain level of proficiency you can continue your training with additional courses in one or more of the following:

UPVC Locksmith Training Course
Electrical Access Control Course
Safe Opening and Repairing Training Course

Some courses are accredited by the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) and delivered by the British Locksmith Institute (BLI).

Average Working Hours Per Week = Average hours: 40 a week including daytime, evening, nights, weekends, Mon-Fri and 24-hour emergency call-out


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

5 days to 2 years (for the Apprenticeship)

What Next/Career Development

Additional training could lead to a variety of careers, including automotive locksmith, safe engineer, commercial alarm installer or security consultant.

To become a recognised Master Locksmith you will need to take a four-part written and practical exam through the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), the authoritative body for locksmiths in the UK.

Accredited courses are offered by the British Locksmith Association (BLI). To enrol on a BLI course you will need to supply references and agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally CRB).

Facts And Figures

Over 2,000 fully qualified locksmiths are currently working in the UK.
(Source: London Locksmiths Ltd)

The oldest known lock is 4,000 years old.
(Source: London Locksmiths Ltd)