Locksmith Training & Courses

Locksmith Course Details and How to Become a Locksmith

The MLA Training Centre at MLA Head Office offers training courses in becoming a locksmith and our locksmith apprenticeship provides a starting point for newcomers and beginners to the industry through to existing locksmiths who want to learn new skills or update their knowledge.

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At member’s request, specialist training may also be arranged.  A lot of people new to locksmithing think that after a 3 day course they can earn £60K a year sadly this is probably unrealistic.

Locksmith Courses We Offer

Courses we currently offer include:


The establishment of a training centre at head office enabled the organisation of a basic locksmith training course programme in 1992. This has proved very successful and is now renowned throughout the locksmithing industry as the only formal locksmithing accreditation.

Third Party Accreditation for Training to Become a Locksmith

Having a long history of providing training to locksmiths (either those who are starting off in the trade or those who want to further their knowledge in specific technical areas), the MLA was awarded the prestigious City & Guilds “Approved Centre” status (No. 027758) which enabled the association to offer a tailored City & Guilds award in Basic Locksmithing (No. 1841) based on its entry exam.

Unfortunately, as C&G required large numbers to be put through the scheme in order to maintain it (and we don’t believe that training for the sake of it, in what in some areas is already an overpopulated profession) we decided to put our emphasis in the creation of the first nationally recognised qualification and apprenticeship, working in collaboration with Skills for Security, and HABC. The apprenticeship ran it’s first “off the job” training course at the MLA in January 2014 and is a great step towards making locksmithing a true profession.

How to Become A Professional Locksmith

If you want to know to be a locksmith, then there are several skills that are prerequisites to becoming a professional locksmith; excellent manual dexterity, an interest in mechanical and electronic gadgetry, good communications/public relations, maths and possibly some carpentry skills are all assets.

However, locksmithing is one career that will keep your interest because there is a constant need for Continued Professional Development. This is due to the continuous development of new products; these require new perception and techniques on the part of the locksmith. In locksmiths craft is very diverse as there are also many specialist fields; some locksmiths will have a business that covers some of these fields; some businesses will specialise in one area.

How To Gain a Understanding of Locksmithing

Often your local locksmith may be able to offer you work as an “apprentice” (although there is currently no formal apprenticeships in locksmithing this is something that the MLA is working on alongside the industry’s skills body Skills for Security). Another way to gain an understanding of the industry is to attend a BLI General Locksmithing Course at MLA’s Training Centre. The dates of the current courses can be found in the course calendar page and early booking is recommended, as courses always prove very popular. You will be asked complete an application for membership to the British Locksmiths Institute; this enables references to be taken up and a CRB check to be undertaken prior to course commencement.

Locksmith Career Guide

Once you have read up on all our training information and have decided on a course you may need some information on your future career as a locksmith – so please read our Locksmith Career Guide – 10 Tips from the MLA

Places on all locksmith courses are strictly limited and bookings, together with appropriate fees, will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

View our Locksmith Training Course Costs and Dates on which the courses commence.

Next Available Course Dates

Date:11th November 2015 to 12th November 2015
Location: Master Locksmiths Association ,5D Great Central Way, Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3PZ

Date: 23rd November 2015 to 27th November 2015
Location: Master Locksmiths Association ,5D Great Central Way, Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3PZ

Date: 9th December 2015 to 10th December 2015
Location: Master Locksmiths Association ,5D Great Central Way, Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3PZ

For more information on our course please contact us or call us on 0800 783 14 98

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