number skills to work out quotes, estimates and prepare invoices if you are self-employed.
Training is usually on the job with a qualified and experienced locksmith.
There are short courses provided by the Master Locksmiths Association. Trainees are encouraged to apply for student membership of the BLI, although membership for initially training courses is not mandatory like before.
Instead of the 5 day general locksmithing course, MLA now run a modular programme for beginners where they get to choose from 4 different initial modules. They also run a two-day safe course.
Non BLI members would have to take the two day foundation module before progressing to any others. The modular programme was developed to enable trainees to take the elements relevant to them and thereby help them save money. An example would be, those with good joinery skills may not want to take the lock fitting module and thereby save them one days' worth of training.
The MLA runs courses for experienced locksmiths to update their knowledge. It is important to keep up to date with new products and developments.
Once you have gained experience, you may be able to gain promotion to a supervisory position.
Alternatively, you may be able to move into self-employment and set up your own business.
For adult entrants, employers may prefer interest or experience in carpentry or engineering.