Beginners Locksmith Courses (1, 2 & 5 days)

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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.

Request Course Info & Prices

For the next course dates and prices, please see our course dates here.

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

Our 5-day course involves the below courses, select which course you want to take or attend every course during the week.

1. Foundation Course – 2 Days
2. Fitting Course – 1 Day
3. UPVC Course – 1 Day
4. Basic Opening Course – 1 Day

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

Foundation Course (2 days) – Beginners Course

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
2 DAY FOUNDATION COURSE DETAILS
Experience Required For Total Beginners
Course Duration 2 Days
Cost £585 inc VAT – MLA Member
£645 inc VAT – Non Member
Date  Next Course date here
Requirements Basic Security Check
Apply via GOV.UK

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Fitting Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

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
FITTING COURSE DETAILS
Experience Required For Total Beginners
Course Duration 1 Days
Cost £295 inc VAT – MLA Member
£320 inc VAT – Non Member
Date  Next Course date here
Requirements Basic Security Check
Apply via GOV.UK

UPVC Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

Thinking about fitting/repairing UPVC door locks? This course you teach you all about uPVC 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
UPVC COURSE DETAILS
Experience Required For Total Beginners
Course Duration 1 Day
Cost £350 inc VAT – MLA Member
£375 inc VAT – Non Member
Date  Next Course date here
Requirements Basic Security Check
Apply via GOV.UK

Basic Opening Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

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)
BASIC OPENING COURSE DETAILS
Experience Required For Total Beginners
Course Duration 1 Days
Cost £295 inc VAT – MLA Member
£320 inc VAT – Non Member
Date  Next Course date here
Requirements Basic DBS Check
Apply via GOV.UK

Requirement to Attend Opening Course

Non-MLA members must first take 2-day foundation course beforehand.

MLA Members must either have been a member for 12+ months or taken the 2-day foundation course.

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Course Requirements & Location

Location: Unit 1, Prospect Park, Valley Dr, Rugby, CV21 1TF
Requirements:  
We require a Basic Disclosure security clearance check should be provided prior to joining the course.

You can apply via government’s site or there are various private providers online.

Reduced Members Rate:

For the reduced members’ rate, please view our how to join the MLA page, those new to the industry should look to join as a Personal Member under the ‘student’ category.

Who Should Attend This Course?

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

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.

Locksmith training workshop with benches and key cutting machines

Learn how to cut keys in our training workshop

After Attending Beginners Course

Expand your skill set & offer more services as a locksmith, e.g offer a car locksmith service and open locked cars, see our auto course here.

A popular choice is to attend courses from our intermediate and advanced programme, that help locksmiths to offer more services to their customers.

Contact us for a FREE Course Pack

or Call FREE 0800 783 14 98

View our Course Costs and Dates for the next available dates when courses start.

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Next Available Courses

5 Day Beginners Course: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2020

Date:  to 

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

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

5 Day Beginners Course: 19th – 23rd Oct 2020

Date:  to 

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

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

5 Day Beginners Course: 9th – 13th Nov 2020

Date:  to 

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

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

5 Day Beginners Course: 30th Nov – 4th Dec 2020

Date:  to 

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

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

For more information on our course please contact us or call us on 01327 262 255

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