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Locksmiths sell, install, and repair locks for homes and businesses.
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What does a locksmith do?

As a locksmith you’ll be selling, installing, and repairing locks for homes and businesses. You may also be called to access homes or businesses where people have lost or broken keys. You may work as a self-employed locksmith, or for a small or medium sized business.

What do I need to do to become a locksmith?

You can train as a locksmith by taking courses through the British Locksmiths Institute (BLI), which is part of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA). The MLA is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the Police, the Home Office, the British Standards Institute and the Association of British Insurers. You can become a locksmith by completing an MLA apprenticeship.

You may be able to start this job through an apprenticeship. Alternatively, a practical course offering skills in engineering or carpentry would be useful experience. 

Related skills

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

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • BLI recognised course

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could be working indoors or outdoors, and could be self-employed or working for a small or medium-sized business.

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