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How Much Does Locksmith Training Cost?

 
low costApprenticeship: Up to $100average costOnline Locksmith Training: $400-$1,000high costIn-Person Locksmith Training: $1,000-$3,000
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Locksmith training can be earned through an online or in-person certificate program or apprenticeship. Fifteen states[1] require locksmiths to obtain licensure or certification. In other states, locksmiths may seek voluntary certification.

Typical costs:

  • Online locksmith programs are a common training option and cost $400-$1,000, typically including a mailed tool kit and study materials. The course through Assured Locksmith Training[2] includes a training manual with step-by-step photos, instructional DVD, tool kit and key duplicator for $910. Stratford Career Institute[3] offers a similar course for $689 which includes textbooks, online exams and a diploma upon completion.
  • In-person locksmith programs cost $1,000-$3,000 and may last several days or one or two semesters. Lockmasters Security Institute in Nicholasville, KY, offers a 10-day Safe and Vault training course for $2,750. Fox Valley Technical College[4] in Appleton, WI, offers a five-day locksmith training course for $1,300, which includes all materials and course supplies. Hostos Community College[5] in New York offers a series of three, 10-week locksmith training courses for $1,200. Employers may recommend either online or in-person training courses, but in either case, may require an employee to seek certification after a training course and earning on-the-job experience.
  • Locksmith apprenticeships can be formal or informal and cost up to $100, with opportunities to earn money on the job. For instance, locksmith apprentices working in New York[6] must register for a license for $75 for fingerprinting and up to $25 for the two-year license. Locksmith companies hiring an apprentice may pay a percentage of a normal wage while providing hands-on training. Glens Key Lock and Safe Company[7] in Salt Lake City, UT, hires one apprentice locksmith every one or two years at a starting rate of $10 per hour plus training.
  • Certification through the Associated Locksmiths of America[8] costs $60-$300 per exam. For example, to become a Certified Registered Locksmith, ALOA members pay $60 ($100 computer-based test) and non-members pay $215 ($300 computer-based test). Applicants may test for proficiency in different areas like general locksmithing, automotive security or safes and vaults.
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What should be included:
  • Online locksmithing programs[9] should offer a minimum of 60 hours of training, preparing students to work as an independent locksmith or in entry-level jobs at hardware stores or key shops. Upon completion, students should earn a certificate or diploma.
  • Locksmith certificate programs should include automotive, residential, commercial and institutional locksmithing, lockset servicing, mechanical locks, key duplication and impressioning, according to Education Portal[10] .
Additional costs:
  • If not included in the training program cost, basic locksmith tool kits cost $100-$2,000. For instance, a 51-piece car kit from Access Tools costs $370. Manual key duplicators, like the Mini Speedex manual key duplicator[11] for $700, range from $400-$2,000 or more. Additional tools might include installation and drilling kits[12] at up to $1,300 for a kit, or $30-$60 per piece.
  • Other expenses incurred by a locksmith include transportation to job sites.
Discounts:
  • Industry groups like the Associated Locksmiths of America[13] and the Texas Locksmiths Association[14] offer scholarships to qualified applicants.
Shopping for locksmith training:
  • The Associated Locksmiths of America[15] has a list of approved locksmith training programs, as well as basic career information[16] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.aloa.org/AGMap/AG.htm
  2.  www.assuredlocksmithtraining.com/locksmith_tools_pricing.htm
  3.  www.scitraining.com/Locksmith/Tuition_Fees
  4.  www.fvtc.edu/public/content.aspx?ID=1601&PID=23
  5.  www.hostos.cuny.edu/contedu/business/locksmith.html
  6.  www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/licenses/063.shtml
  7.  www.glenskey.com/empl.htm
  8.  www.securityceu.com/aloa.php
  9.  education-portal.com/articles/Online_Locksmith_Courses_and_Classes_Overview.html
  10.  education-portal.com/locksmith_training.html
  11.  www.lockandhinge.com/scripts/main.cgi?action=big&product=9120RM
  12.  www.locksmithtoolandsupply.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=PLT&Category_C...
  13.  www.aloa.org/education/
  14.  www.texaslocksmiths.org
  15.  www.aloa.org/pdf/locksmithingschools.pdf
  16.  www.aloa.org/about/
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