Becoming a Locksmith. Is it the job for you?

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Have you considered becoming a locksmith? You may be just leaving school or looking for a career change and who knows it could be the perfect job for you!

Retraining as a Locksmith

I decided to train to become a Locksmith after a number of years working in sales and realising that there really was something missing. I saw an advert for a locksmith course and the seed was planted.

Barnet Based Locksmith Approved by The Master Locksmiths Association

After working for a few locksmith companies in the local Barnet area I now run IKS Locksmiths. We are Master Locksmiths Association approved locksmiths providing professional locksmith services in Barnet.

If you do want to learn to become a locksmith it takes dedication and commitment.

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Is Becoming a Locksmith Right for You?

Before deciding to learn locksmithing and embark on a career as a locksmith I would suggest considering if you possess the qualities required to become a locksmith. Also whether you are suited to becoming a self employed locksmith, which is a whole different kettle of fish!

Qualities Required as a Locksmith

To become a locksmith you need;

  • Dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to learn and retain information about locks in detail.
  • Good communication skills for dealing with customers and suppliers.
  • To be accurate with information.
  • To keep stock and tools in an organised manner.
  • To be a creative problem solver.
  • To have the will to solve the seemingly impossible.
  • To be prepared to work evenings and weekends for emergency call outs
  • To be able to stand up for yourself in a respectful manner

Running a Locksmith Business

To become a self employed locksmith you also need to juggle all aspects of the business;

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Communicating with customers and suppliers
  • Managing income and expenses
  • Purchasing vehicles, stock, tools, insurance and more
  • Stock control
  • Putting effective processes in place
  • Quotes on the spot or by email
  • Securing work
  • Ensuring all work is completed to the highest standard
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction
  • Taking calls round the clock as a 24 hour emergency locksmith

This may seem daunting to someone who is leaving school and deciding which route to go down. It may put the individual who wasn’t great at exams or organisation off. I was that person and talking from experience it’s amazing the motivation and commitment that can appear when you find the type of job that suits you as an individual. The best way to find out if a job is suited to you is to do it. I would advise anyone considering becoming a locksmith to do some work experience.

Locksmith Training

If you have decided to go down the Locksmithing route and are wondering how to become a locksmith the MLA is the only place to consider.

Read this post on the MLA website for  locksmith course details and information on how to become a professional locksmith.

Here are the MLA’s Top 10 Tips for starting a career as a locksmith.

How I Became a Qualified Locksmith

This is my story of how I became a fully qualified master locksmith.

Locksmithing is not for everyone but for me I have finally found a job that I am passionate and confident about. I can genuinely say that I enjoy the daily challenges that being a self employed locksmith presents. I would be happy to offer advice to anyone who is considering becoming a Locksmith.

My next diary post will be about my experience with the Master Locksmith Association and why the organisation is so important to me as a Locksmith.

How can we help you?

For professional security advice and information call to speak directly to Martin, our Master Locksmith and security specialist.

4 Replies to “Becoming a Locksmith. Is it the job for you?”

  1. Thank you Martin, the information is really valuable and I enjoyed reading all of the diary you had written.
    This has helped me a lot about thinking of a career change into locksmithing.

  2. Are the skills you learn as a locksmith transferable to other countries?
    I guess this is a trade that is needed all around the world, but I wonder whether there are significant differences on lock standards, keys, safety systems, etc., in each country.

    I still have not decided where I will be living in the next few years.

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