How to Become a Locksmith

Training as a locksmith can be a very rewarding career and has the potential to open up many avenues of work. It is also perfect for individuals who want a change from office based work and want to experience a career that takes them out and about.

Being a Locksmith

Why become a locksmith?

Training as a locksmith can be a very rewarding career and has the potential to open up many avenues of work. It is also perfect for individuals who want a change from office based work and want to experience a career that takes them out and about.

What sort of work will I be doing?

People locked out of their property is an obvious thought for many people considering locksmithing however many other common jobs will be straightforward lock changes, dealing with faulty doors, security upgrades and many other lines of work many of which will become clear on our training courses.

Are there long working hours?

Hours can vary depending on the frequency and type of jobs. Many locksmiths make themselves available on a 24 Hour basis so you should be prepared to work the day or night.

How much can I earn?

The earnings potential for locksmiths is very great however it all comes down to the hours that you are prepared to put in. Many locksmiths take upwards of £1000 per week however some can earn in far excess of that.

Can I work from home?

Many locksmiths choose to operate on a mobile basis and therefore only require a van. This can be used to carry all your equipment and stock. Key cutting machines can also be installed thereby enabling a locksmith to offer many of the services of a key cutters shop but without the overheads.


The Toplocksmiths Training Academy offers its“Intensive Locksmith Course” to anyone looking to enter the locksmith industry for the first time.

Top locksmiths training academy offer a 2-day intensive locksmith course starting every Monday through to Tuesday or Thursday to Friday. These courses are very useful to anyone who wishes to set up their own locksmith business, to work for a locksmith business or who wish to learn the skill to use alongside another trade.

There is no written work or exams. All work is practical, hands-on and a full reference manual is supplied to those who take the course along with a support telephone helpline for technical assistance should you require it.

This 2-day intensive training course gives candidates a thorough understanding of the techniques and skills needed to work as a successful locksmith by way of hands-on practical work and real-life demonstrations. Course candidates are also taught the business aspects of being a locksmith such as the most effective advertising methods, marketing strategy and pricing structures

All courses take place at our modern training facilities in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England

2 Day Locksmith Course

This is the standard course run by the Toplocksmiths Association and is required to become a Toplocksmiths Association recognised member. There is no examination or written work, all training is hands-on practical work. Candidates are all shown full demonstrations and then given the opportunity to practise the techniques and skills for themselves. Training is carried out on a one to one basis to ensure candidates receive the highest quality instruction and tuition. We believe the best way of learning is for students to actually carry out the techniques themselves using genuine locksmith tools. You may take as many notes as you like during the training however a full manual is supplied at the end of the course to all students.

The course is ideal for anyone thinking of setting up a business as a locksmith, working for a locksmith company or for anyone who just won’t use locksmith skills alongside an existing trade
We cover in 2 Days what other courses do in 3 Days.

The Toplocksmiths 2 day intensive course teaches you all you need to know to get you going as a locksmith. We advise you on the equipment you really need and don’t waste time on training you using equipment that in our view isn’t really that necessary. We do not drag topics out unnecessarily and we spend time on the thing that you will need to know and understand in order to work as a locksmith. Our 2 day course is priced competitively compared to 3 day courses available and means less time having to train for you and less time spent in hotels if you are coming from further afield so that you can get up and running as soon as possible.

Naturally, our tutors will spend further time with you during your course if necessary to make sure that you have understood and have a good grasp on the techniques and skills. We will not rush you out of the door at a certain time – we will make sure you maximise the knowledge and enjoyment that you take from the course.


The course runs every Monday – Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, starting at 9 am with a break for lunch then finishing about 5 pm. However, the course tutors will stay back for longer with anyone who would like to go over any topics again.

The Cost is only £675.00 – This includes free lunch, all day refreshments and the Toplocksmiths member’s pack which includes the manuals and helpline.

Course Overview

The Toplocksmiths 2 Day intensive Locksmith Course covers the following:

  • Different lock types and function
  • Rim Cylinder picking and fitting
  • Euro Cylinder picking and fitting
  • Mortice lock picking – 2 and 3 lever
  • 5 Lever Mortice locks BS and non-BS. Picking and Fitting
  • Nightlatch fitting
  • Learning to use a variety of locksmith specialist tools
  • uPVC door opening
  • Padlock Opening
  • Multi Point locking mechanisms
  • Advice on how to set up your own locksmith business
  • How to bring in your own jobs
  • List of subcontractors and advice on how they operate
  • List of wholesalers of locks and locksmith tools – with application forms

And not forgetting these other great benefits:

  • Free lunch and all day refreshments
  • Free ongoing help and support helpline
  • Full locksmith manual covering all the topics learnt on the course
  • Drill Point Manual
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