I am very interested in locksmithing.  I was planning on doing an online course to get certificate.  I understand that being an apprentice is even more beneficial.  How do I become an apprentice?  Do you think getting certificate is necessary?  Thx any advice would be appreciated


A locksmith shop with an apprentice program is the best way to learn. Online or correspondence courses only teach the basics and may be detrimental to any apprenticeship program you may have an opportunity to be a part of, in other words they will not hire you as one if you have prior knowledge or training because it can interfere with the way they want to teach you.

I'd recommend contacting local lock shops to see if they have a program and what they will expect from potential apprentices before you take any online or correspondence courses.

Hands-on training is the best way to learn.



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I do not answer Safe or automotive questions. Period. I am knowledgeable in almost every area of Locksmithing. This includes locks, keys, lost keys, residential and commercial lockouts, rekeying, masterkeying, high security locks, access control, electric locks, security cameras and home safety. I have been running an online business since 2004 where I sell all types of lock and security hardware to everyone from apartment renters to business owners to the US government. Before that I started a locksmith service in 1999. I deal with many types of security equipment including high security safe locks, heavy duty padlocks, exit devices, biometric readers, electric strikes, magnetic locks, full surface hinges and I only sell what I personally stand behind 100%. The online business has given me a more in-depth look at the locksmithing industry, helping me to learn more about each and every product that I offer, as well as products I don't have but end up finding for customers to solve any issues they have with security or door hardware.

Please don't submit any automotive or safe questions as these aren't areas that I can help in.


I have been Locksmithing since 1999 and own my own Locksmithing business. I have many years of hands-on experience through the many services I have performed for my customers. I've run my business the way I wanted, treating everyone as I would like to be treated and knowing that any customer could be my last if I didn't perform my locksmithing duties as I had promised.

I have a diploma in Masterkeying, Advanced Locksmithing & Locksmithing from Foley-Belsaw.

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