You might be wondering what locksmiths do. Locksmiths are specialists who offer all sorts of locksmith services. These include installing and repairing doors, windows and safes, making keys, picking locks, selling hardware like door knobs and deadbolts, providing security consultations for homes or businesses to make them more secure.
To become a locksmith you need to complete a four year apprenticeship program in addition to having set work hours in this field for at least five years before becoming fully-qualified. You also have to pass a licensing exam and a criminal background check.
You’ll learn how to install and repair locks, from beginners to experts that will help you when locked out of home. You’ll also learn how to make keys, as well as use common tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers. You’ll be taught about personal safety including locking devices for high-risk customers. You will also learn about the different types of burglary risks that exist in the general public.
Each state requires locksmiths to pursue a particular licensing procedure. Some states require you to pass a test. Others might require training and background checks before issuing you with the necessary license and then, likely, some sort of continuing education program. Some states mandate that locksmiths work under the supervision of an experienced professional from the same profession.
You should have the ability and patience to answer customers’ questions about locks, safes and how they work. You’ll also need to be able to read, write and speak spoken English clearly. You should also take an interest in trends in protecting homes and businesses against intruders as well as know the local laws that govern this profession.
You can visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for a listing of locksmith schools. You can also look up the National Registry Branch for any states or regions where you might want to apply. You might want to contact your state’s licensing agency before sending in an application pack because each state has its own rules, regulations and requirements. Many states and cities are beginning to require that locksmiths possess an NCCA (National Certified Locksmith Association) certification.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects locksmiths to face competition from other types of protectors, security specialists and technicians. However, many households, businesses and institutions will continue to need their services in the future. The BLS expects job opportunities to be equal for men and women as well