Locksmith Career Guide – 10 Tips From The MLA

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Here are the MLA we get many enquiries about people wanting to Become a Locksmith, some have just left school and are looking for a apprenticeship, some are looking for a career change. Below we have put together some tips to help you in a career as a potential Locksmith.

Top 10 Tips for Starting a Career as a Locksmith

1. Don’t believe the hype

Don’t believe the hype spread by some training organizations who sell Locksmithing as a ‘get rich quick career’ – short courses will not automatically lead to a £60K a year career as a locksmith

2. Qualifications

Despite what some organizations say there is only one nationally recognised qualification which has only just been created, and has been targeted towards the newly developed apprenticeship

3. Skills and Interests

Think about the skills and interests required – skills will depend on where you want to own your own business where on top of locksmithing skills you’ll also need marketing, accounts, general business knowledge etc… WHEREAS working for an already established Locksmith company you will only need to concentrate on your skills as a locksmith ( mechanical engineering, carpentry, people skills etc.. )

4. Do your research – Questions you need to ask yourself!

–  Where will you be working?
–  What’s the area like?
–  Are there many Locksmiths already in your area?
–  Are there any gaps in the market?
–  What sort of locksmith work is required in the area?

Ask current Locksmiths in your area what business is like etc…

5. Services you want to offer

Think about what services you want to offer (and more importantly what sort of services are required by customers):

–  Will you be doing vehicles ( auto locksmith )?
–  Safes ( safe engineers )?
–  Commercial ( access control, alarms etc.. ) ?
–  Domestic ( 24 emergency lock outs, security upgrades )
–  What services will your customers will want in this area?

Find your niche and dominate it!

6. Start a business plan

with all the costs of starting up including training needed, equipment, van (and associated vehicle costs), advertising and marketing, website costs, insurance, business rates, stock etc.. don’t underestimate these costs!

7. Hours you may be required to work

A lot of locksmiths offer a 24 hour emergency service, how will this fit in with your family life? Is it something that you want to offer. How are you going to offer it?

8. Training Required

You will need to think about Locksmith training, do you want to do a Locksmith course or a Locksmith apprenticeship?  The type of training you do will depend on the type of services you want to offer.

9. Locksmith Training Providers

Do your research on the Locksmith training provider ( whilst there is a lot of good quality training available there is also a lot of poor training out there ), ask existing locksmiths who have done a training course who they used and what the course was like.

10. Never Stop Learning

Finally don’t forget you never stop learning, with new products, changing standards etc.. then you will always need to keep up to speed and refresh your knowledge. For example MLA members do this by regularly attending regional meetings.

Should you want to become a Locksmith you will have the opportunity to join the MLA, this will come with many benefits.

We have these joining options

    1. Personal Membership ( various options depending on how long you’ve been in the industry )
    2. Approved Company membership has one huge benefit is that you will be featured on our Find A Locksmith page on our website – receive promotion for your company on our site ( #1 on Google for many Locksmith terms! ), yearly handbook and be able to use the converted MLA Logo on your website, promotional materials and even your company van.

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Steffan George

Hi there - I'm director of business development here at the Master Locksmiths Association. Feel free to add me to your circles on Google + by visiting my Steffan George profile. I'm also on Twitter @Steffan_MLA