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We often get asked what the best locksmith course for a beginner is, especially for anyone completely new to locksmithing with no knowledge of the industry.
To help we have compiled a list of the best beginners locksmith courses aimed at anyone looking to become a locksmith, from the best course to fit locks to the best key cutting course.
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Before you decide on taking a locksmith course we always recommend deciding on what type of locksmith services you plan to offer as a business.
Try to specialise in something that will set you apart from other local locksmiths such as getting good at NDE (non-destructive entry) or opening jammed upvc mechanisms.
If you want to specialize in opening door & window locks when customers are locked out of their home we would recommend a course that teaches you the following:
Beginners: Level 1 Opening Module
Advanced: Level 2 Opening Module
Advanced: High Security Cylinders
Advanced: Lock Bumping Masterclass
To get into working with upvc locks by offering uPVC lock repairs & upgrades as a service to your business there are specific topics you will need to learn.
uPVC locks are a specialist area of locksmithing that requires specific training.
Beginners: 1 Day uPVC Module
Learning how to cut keys is one of the most important skills a locksmith can learn and a very popular service requested by customers.
We recommend undertaking a course that teaches how to cut keys by machine and also gives the skills to allow you to cut keys by hand, this will enable you to provide a key cutting service.
Beginners: 2 Day Foundation Module
Learning how to fit locks can be one of the biggest income earners for a locksmith is a common call outs for a locksmith.
As a locksmith you will need to know how to fit locks correctly though, including knowing what standard of lock to fit.
Beginners: 1 Day Fitting Module
Important Note: Auto locksmithing is a very specialist area of locksmithing, some auto locksmith courses can last 10 days and the startup costs to become an auto locksmith can be significant especially if you want to program and replace lost car keys.
Some auto locksmiths can carry over £100K worth of programming equipment in their van.
1 Day Courses are a Great Starter
To learn how to open locked vehicles we run a 1-day auto course perfect for beginners or existing locksmiths who want to learn how to open vehicle locks.
A day one course could be your first step into auto locksmithing without the need to outlay thousands of pounds on equipment.
Beginners: 1 Day Auto Course
Our beginners locksmith courses start from £585 (Member rate) / £645 (Non-Member rate) for our 2-day foundation module, which is the perfect starting point for anyone new to locksmithing.
Non-members are required to take the Foundation module before taking any of the optional modules.
We run our courses every month, to see the dates of our upcoming beginners courses please see our course calendar here.
Our courses will equip you to either seek employment as a trainee locksmith or even set up your own business.
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