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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.

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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

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

    Price

    £585 inc VAT – MLA Member 
    £645 inc VAT – Non Member

    Experience & Requirements

    Perfect for total beginners.

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

    Fitting Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

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    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

    Price

    £295 inc VAT – MLA Member
    £320 inc VAT – Non Member

    Experience & Requirements

    Perfect for total beginners.

    UPVC Course (1 day) – Beginners Course

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    What You Will Learn

    Thinking about fitting/repairing UPVC door locks? This course you teach you all about uPVC locks.

    • 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

    Price

    £350 inc VAT – MLA Member
    £375 inc VAT – Non Member

    Experience & Requirements

    Perfect for total beginners.

    • Non Members – must have taken foundation module first or be sponsored by 2 QML members or directors of MLA Approved Companies
    • Basic Security Check required to attend – Apply via GOV.UK

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

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    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)

    Price

    £295 inc VAT – MLA Member
    £320 inc VAT – Non Member

    Experience & Requirements To Attend

    Must have taken our 2-day foundation beforehand to attend

    • 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
    • Basic Security Check required to attend – Apply via GOV.UK

    All Beginners Course Requirements

    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.

    Questions About Beginners Locksmith Courses

    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.

    Do you offer any kind of payment plan?

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

    Weekly or Monthly Plans
    Course attendees can setup a monthly or weekly payment plan where 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
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    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.

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    Further Reading

    Training Course Dates

    17-21 Oct 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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

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

    14-18 Nov 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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

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

    12-16 Dec 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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

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

    Member Price: £295 | Non-Member Price: £377

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

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