Locksmith Training Courses

As the UK’s largest locksmith trade association we run a range of training courses to become a locksmith, our beginners’ locksmith courses are perfect anyone new to locksmithing to advanced courses for existing locksmiths who want to learn new skills.

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Beginners Locksmith courses

For those with no experience in locksmithing our beginners courses include a 5 day course with 4 modules during the week:

  • 2 Day Foundation Course – teaches you how to cut keys, basics of safes, how locks work – a perfect introduction to locksmithing.
  • 1 Day Fitting Course – learn to fit and upgrade mortice locks & night latches
  • 1 Day UPVC Course – learn the important aspects of UPVC doors & Multipoint Locks, from identify multipoint locks to opening jammed mechanisms
  • 1 Day Basic Opening Course – learn the basics of opening different types of locks

Most people attend all 5 days although you can select different course modules to attend.

Learn to Unlock Car Locks see our 1 day auto locksmith course perfect for those with zero auto experience & covers how to pick open vehicles locks including Volkswagen, Audi & Ford.

Advanced Locksmith Courses

We also run intermediate and advanced courses for those already trading as a locksmith & wish to increase their skill set.

Our advanced courses include:

  • Lock bumping course – learn an important skill to add to your Non-Destructive entry arsenal
  • Level 2 Opening course – learn how to identify and open 5 lever locks
  • Aluminium Door Course – add more commercial work by learning topics including door closers, removal and refitting etc..
  • Bench Locksmithing – a master class on key cutting by hand, furniture locks & essential bench locksmithing skills that can make you good money
  • High Security Cylinders course – with SS312 Diamond & 3* cylinders becoming more popular, learn how to open high security cylinders

Frequently Asked Questions

Also see our training FAQ page where we answer over 20 popular questions.

1. How long does it take to train to be a locksmith?

Our 5-day beginners course allows those with no experience to go out and start trading as a locksmith, although locksmithing is a ongoing career whereby you learn something new every day,  keeping up to date with product knowledge is essential as well.

Our becoming a locksmith FAQ section here cover all topics from skills required, qualifications in locksmithing to a career guide we put together.

2. How much does locksmith training cost?

The price for locksmith training is from £585 for our 2-day beginner’s module to £1625 for our full 5-day course.

Our 1 Day locksmith course prices start from £295 for our lock fitting module.

3. Do you offer any kind of payment plan?

Yes! There are various options available for those attending any of our courses.

Weekly or Monthly Plans
Course attendees can setup a monthly or a weekly payment plan, all we require is for your course to be paid in full one month before the start date.

Payment Methods
We offer the following payment methods:

  • Bank transfer (BACS)
  • Debit/Credit Cards
  • Direct Debits

Contact us to enquire about booking.

4. What is the best locksmith training course?

The best locksmith course for your needs all depends on what service you want to offer as a locksmith, our tutors all have decades of experience as trading locksmiths.

Our 2-day foundation module is a great starting point for those don’t want to commit to a full 5-day course.

Our training courses are also recognised by UCAS and mentioned by National Careers Service.

5. Can I start trading as a locksmith after the course?

Yes you can start working as a locksmith after our beginner course.

Currently there are ZERO government regulations on locksmithing so effectively anyone can call themselves a locksmith, this is why we license our locksmiths as MLA Approved Locksmiths.

Question about becoming a locksmith?

Our becoming a locksmith FAQ section cover all topics from skills required, qualifications in locksmithing to a career guide we put together.

COVID-19 Secure Training Premises

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Our purpose built training centre is fully COVID-19 secure with the following protocols in place:

  • Following government guidelines
  • Risk assessment completed
  • Signage in place
  • PPE provided
  • Automatic hand sanitization points

Recommended Reading

How to Become a Professional Locksmith

If you want to know how to be a locksmith, then there are many several skills required to becoming a professional locksmith;

  • 1. Excellent manual dexterity
  • 2. Interest in mechanical and electronic gadgetry
  • 3. Good communications/public relations
  • 4. maths and possibly some carpentry skills are all assets.

Locksmithing is one career that will keep your interest because there is a constant need for Continued Professional Development.

Course Advice for Beginners

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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.

A locksmiths craft is very diverse as there are also many specialist fields; some locksmiths will have a business that covers some of these fields ( e.g key cutting, uPVC locks, access control ), some businesses may specialise in one area ( e.g security safe specialists ).

How to Gain an Understanding of Locksmithing

To gain experience a local locksmith may offer you work as an “apprentice” – there is currently no formal apprenticeships in locksmithing.

The most popular way to learn about becoming a locksmith is to attend our 5-day beginner’s locksmith course at our Training Centre in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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Training Course Dates

8-12 Nov 2021

5 Day Beginners Course


Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

6-10 Dec 2021

5 Day Beginners Course


Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

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