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Beginners Locksmith Training Courses MLA - Perfect for Beginners

These 1-day, 2-day & 5-day locksmith courses run by the Master Locksmiths Association are for beginners new to the industry; our training courses will teach you everything needed to become a locksmith from how to cut keys by hand to opening, picking and fitting locks.

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    We run 4 different courses during a 5 day week; the first is a 2-day Foundation Course perfect for someone with no experience or new to locksmithing and 3 follow-on courses.

    Looking to be a car locksmith? See our beginners auto locksmith course which teaches you how to unlock and open cars.

    5 Day Locksmith Course – Perfect for Beginners

    Locksmith training graffiti at MLA HQ
    Our 5-day beginners course has 4 modules during the week, select which course you want to take or attend every course during the week.

    1. 5 Day Beginners Course
    2. 2 Day Foundation Course
    3. Fitting Course (1 Day)
    4. UPVC Course (1 Day)
    5. Level 1 Basic Opening Course (1 Day)

    5 Day Beginners Course

    Our 5 day beginner course is made up of a 2 day foundation course and 3 more specialist modules. You will learn everything needed to become a locksmith from how to cut keys by hand to opening, picking and fitting locks

    You can choose to take the full 5 days or you can take the modules individually.

    What You Will Learn

    • 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

    Experience Required

    • Perfect for total beginners this course is ideal for anyone wishing to begin a career in locksmithing or for those who require a basic knowledge of locksmithing for their job.

    Career Progression

    After our beginners course, our 5 day advanced locksmith course will help improve your skills and expand the services you offer.

    Further career development can be achieved by working towards and taking the MLA Qualification.

    Passing the MLA Qualification gives you an Official OFQUAL Level 4 qualification certificate in locksmithing and the recognition of being able to become a Qualified Master Locksmith member of the association.

    OFQUAL Regulated Locksmith Qualification

    Pass the MLA Qualification for a OFQUAL Level 4 Certificate Qualification in Locksmithing – ABBE Accredited

    Requirements

    Price & Location

    Member Rate £1605 inc VAT
    Non Member Rate £1760 inc VAT
    Payment Plans Available
    Reduced Price Become an MLA Member
    Location Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
    Date latest course dates

    Foundation Course (2 days) – Beginners Course

    Foundation Beginners Locksmith Course
    The foundation course gives you the perfect introduction to mechanical locksmithing – ideal or those with no experience and entirely new for locksmithing. You’ll learn the types of locks currently in use and terminology.

    What You Will Learn

    • Types of locks currently in use & terminology
    • Cylinder Key Identification
    • Pin Tumbler Mechanisms
    • Cylinder Key Machine Set-up. Maintenance & Safety
    • Cylinder Key cutting by machine
    • Stripping rim cylinder
    • Mortice key blank identification
    • Lever mechanisms
    • Mortice Key cutting by machine
    • Mortice locks
    • Lever lock key cutting by hand
    • Safes (brief overview)
    • Lock Opening Basics (intro to picking, wafer lock and picking open disc tumbler lock)
    • Code Key cutting

    Experience Required

    • For those with no experience and entirely new for locksmithing the 2-day foundation course is a perfect taster.

    Requirements

    Price & Location

    Member Rate £620 inc VAT
    Non Member Rate £685 inc VAT
    Payment Plans Available
    Reduced Price Become an MLA Member
    Location Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
    Date latest course dates

    Undertaking this course has given me the confidence I need to trade as a locksmith & start my own business. Now aim is to return to the MLA and complete further training, in addition to sitting my MLA master locksmiths qualification in the near future
    – Jordan Morrison

    Fitting Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

    Beginners Locksmith Training Course - Fitting 2
    Get hands on experience installing a selection of the most common locks and security devices. Perfect for total beginners.

    What You Will Learn

    • Tools for fitting
    • Fitting rim night latch
    • Fitting lever mortice lock
    • Upgrading lever mortice to euro cylinder operated mortice
    • Fitting secondary security devices

    Experience Required

    • Perfect for total beginners.

    Requirements

    Price & Location

    Member Rate £310 inc VAT
    Non Member Rate £340 inc VAT
    Payment Plans Available
    Reduced Price Become an MLA Member
    Location Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
    Date latest course dates

    UPVC Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

    Beginners Locksmith Training Course - uPVC Module 2
    Thinking about fitting/repairing UPVC door locks? This course is perfect for total beginners and will help broaden your skills and give you experience of working with UPVC door locks.

    What You Will Learn

    • Multi-Point Lock ID (various locking types/mechanisms, backsets, strike plates, profiles and packing etc.)
    • Toe & Heeling
    • Opening Jammed Mechanisms
    • Gearbox Replacement
    • Hinges & Handles
    • Security upgrades
    • Additional security

    Experience Required

    • Perfect for total beginners, this module will help broaden your skills and give you experience of working with UPVC door locks.

    Requirements

    • Security Clearance Required Basic Disclosure
      Apply via Gov.uk
    • Non Members – must have taken foundation module first or be sponsored by 2 QML members or directors of MLA Approved Companies

    Membership Options

    Price & Location

    Member Rate £365 inc VAT
    Non Member Rate £395 inc VAT
    Payment Plans Available
    Reduced Price Become an MLA Member
    Location Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
    Date latest course dates

    Level 1 Basic Opening Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

    Beginners Locksmith Training Course - Opening Module 2
    Get hands on experience practicing the basic non-destructive entry techniques on a selection of the most common locks

    What You Will Learn

    • Tools for opening
    • Methods of entry
    • Opening authority procedure
    • Theory of mortice lock picking
    • Picking 2 & 3 lever mortice locks
    • Other opening methods for 2/3 lever locks (jigglers, overlift)
    • Lock Identification (how to)
    • Theory of Mortice Lock Drilling
    • ERA 5 lever padlock opening
    • Theory and then practical of picking pin tumbler locks
    • Theory and then practical of drilling cylinder locks
    • Pick Guns
    • Other opening Techniques (bumping, snapping, slipping, letterbox tool)

    Experience Required

    • Perfect for total beginners, must have taken our 2-day foundation beforehand to attend

    Requirements

    • Security Clearance Required Basic Disclosure
      Apply via Gov.uk
    • MLA Members must be a member for 6+ months or taken 2-day foundation course
    • Non-MLA members must first take 2-day foundation course prior or be sponsored by 2 QML members or directors of MLA Approved Companies

    Membership Options

    Price & Location

    Member Rate £310 inc VAT
    Non Member Rate £340 inc VAT
    Payment Plans Available
    Reduced Price Become an MLA Member
    Location Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
    Date latest course dates

    All Beginners Course Requirements

    • You must have a Basic Disclosure Security (DBS) no older than 3 months or;
      A standard disclosure no older than 3 years
      Apply here or various private providers online

    • MLA Members can attend with no other stipulations
    • Non-members have to have taken the 2-day foundation module first or be sponsored by 2 QML members or directors of MLA Approved Companies

    Location

    Our training courses take place at our dedicated purpose built training centre in Rugby, Warwickshire.

    • 2 minutes from the M6
    • Sat Nav Postcode: CV21 1TF

    By Train

    • Rugby has direct train services from major routes including London & Birmingham.
    • 8 minutes in a Taxi from Rugby Train Station

    Visit Western Railway to book Cheaper Train Tickets in Advance.

    • London to Rugby on train from Euston Station in under 1 hour
    • Advanced fairs from as little as £25 return

    >> Click here for London Train Timetables

    By Air

    The nearest Airport to Rugby is Birmingham (BHX) which is 20 miles away.

    Accommodation

    We are happy to provide a list of hotels nearby contact us for this list.

    Discounted Pricing

    We currently have training discounts available or you can become an MLA member for discounted members rates:

    Those new to the industry should look to join as a Personal Member under the ‘student’ category.

    Training FAQ’s – Questions answered

    Questions About Beginners Locksmith Courses

    1. Who Should Attend This Course?

    An absolute beginner or someone with relatively limited experience within the industry

    2. Can I Trade as a Locksmith after the Beginners Course?

    This course will equip you to either seek employment as a trainee locksmith or even set up your own business.

    3. Do I become qualified after attending your Beginners Course?

    All attendees of each beginner’s course receive a certificate of attendance from the UK’s largest locksmith association, the Master Locksmiths Association.

    Become a Qualified Master Locksmith with OFQUAL Level 4 Certificate in Locksmithing Qualification

    If you are looking for a nationally recognised qualification, the MLA Qualification allows locksmiths to become a fully Qualified Master Locksmith with a Official OFQUAL Level 4 qualification in locksmithing.
    OFQUAL Regulated Locksmith Qualification

    The MLA Qualification is the highest locksmith qualification in the UK, recognised by Ofsted and certified by ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment).

    ABBE OFQAL Approved Training Centre

    4. Do you offer any kind of payment plan?

    Yes! There are payment plan options for those attending any of our courses.

    Course attendees can set up a payment plan, where all we require is your course to be paid in full one month before the start date.

    Payment MethodsWe offer the following payment methods:

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

    Training fees are non-refundable & non-transferable (except in extenuating circumstances), see our terms & conditions here

    Contact Us about Payment Plans
    Call Us: 01327 262 255

    5. Do you accept any type of Funding?

    Yes, we accept ELCAS funding if you are ex armed forces/ex military.

    We run a custom ECLAS locksmith training course aimed at beginners, with an official qualification at the end of the course.

    View ELCAS Funded Locksmith Course

    Locksmith training workshop with benches and key cutting machines

    Learn how to cut keys in our training workshop

    Further Training After Beginners Course

    Once you have practiced the skills learnt on our beginners course you may wish to explore our advanced and specialist courses.

    Advanced Courses

    Our advanced courses are designed for individuals, or members of staff, who’ve completed our beginners locksmith courses, or have some locksmith experience; and are looking to increase their skill set to expand their service offering.

    Specialist Courses

    Our specialist courses are designed for either experienced locksmiths looking to expand their services and gain new skills or for those who wish to specialise in a particular area of the trade for example auto locksmithing.

    Start your career as an auto/car locksmith service and open locked cars, we run a 1 day auto locksmith course, and van lock fitting course

    Those looking to get into safes & vaults, our safes & safe servicing course is the perfect starting point.

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    Find out more about our courses, either request a free course pack or contact us.

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    01327 262 255

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