Locksmiths are skilled in the installation and repair of locks and other security devices.

What does a locksmith do?

As a locksmith you could:

  • cut and copy keys for homes or businesses
  • repair broken or damaged locks on motor vehicles
  • supply, fit, or replace locks on UPVC doors and windows
  • specify, supply, and install electronic-access control systems, preventing unauthorised entry to domestic or commercial properties
  • repair or reprogramme remote key-fobs that are damaged (including the provision of emergency roadside assistance)
  • install, open, repair, or remove safes and security cabinets
  • provide advice to a range of people on how to keep themselves and their possessions safe
  • maintain records of locks, keys, and other work you complete

What do I need to do 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 do not need any specific qualifications to trade as a locksmith.

A number of training courses teach the skills and knowledge you need to work in this role.

You could take the level 3 Diploma for Commercial Locksmiths and Property Security or another course depending on your interests and experience.


Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Patience
  • Problem solving
  • Technical ability

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • Pass a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (required for MLA accreditation), or the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme in Scotland

Where to find out more


Where could I be working?

Locksmiths work with members of the public, as well as corporate businesses and the public sector. You could expect to spend most of your time working outdoors, especially if you provide a specialist service such as roadside assistance.

You could work as a small independent retailer in your own shop, or become a franchise based in a larger retail chain.

Locksmiths are also employed by companies as part of a small team, or on a self-employed basis, which will involve travelling to customer sites, and often requires you to be on call to provide out of hours availability on a rota basis.

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