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Locksmiths - Preparation

To work as a locksmith, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete long-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

A few locksmiths learn their skills through formal training programs. Locksmithing programs are available online or as correspondence courses. In these programs you learn about security devices, access controls, and lock repair. Training programs usually grant a certificate.

On-the-job training

Most locksmiths learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. Trainees usually begin as helpers. Training typically lasts at least one year.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.