Locksmith Training Courses


There are thousands of locksmiths operating across the USA. A lot of people new to field think that "on the job training" is the only way to get experience. Despite locksmithing being unregulated in most states, this is a sad reality that is hurting the industry. A formal locksmith program gives you training, a recognized qualification and work experience as a trainee locksmith, providing a starting point for people that want to start a new career in the locksmith industry.

What you'll learn from locksmith training courses

Course One

Types of Locks Currently in Use & Terminology

  •  Basic Terminology of locks
  •  Cylinder types: rim, mortise, oval, screw in.
  •  Mortise
  •  Padlocks overview
  •  Cabinet type-lockers-single/double sided operation.
  •  Safety related locks (e.g. machine switch lock, lockout safety padlocks etc.)
  •  Flat Steel-lockers-garage doors

Cylinder Key Identification

  •  Explain the common types of keys in use
  •  Explain Cylinder key terminology
  •  Cylinder key blank identification
  •  Manufacturer's use different profiles in most cases, some inter-changeable
  •  More combinations
  •  Patented & Non-patented types
  •  Visual identification
  •  Key gauges
  •  Catalogues usage
  •  Explain typical tools used for cylinder key cutting

Pin Tumbler Mechanism

  •  Explanation of the basic principles of how a pin tumbler mechanism works
  •  Basic parts of a basic rim cylinder
  •  Antipicking devices
  •  Mastering and Passing (Explain basic function, terminology)

Cylinder Key Machine Set-up, Maintenance and Safety

  •  Workshop Safety and Good Practice Procedures.
  •  Key machine settings-adjustment

Cylinder Key Cutting by Machine

  •  Tutor to demonstrate duplicating cylinder key on machine

Disassembling a rim cylinder and explaining operation of same

  •  Tutor to demonstrate the assembly and operation of a rim cylinder

Mortise Key Blank Identification

  •  Explain Mortise key terminology-parts of key
  •  Theory of mortise key cutting
  •  Explain typical tools used for mortice key cutting

Lever Mechanisms

  •  Explanation of the basic principles of how a lever mechanism works
  •  Common Lever Mechanisms
  •  Key Differs - warding, unusable warding
  •  Mortise key cutting by Machine
  •  Correct identification and selection of key blank
  •  Mortise key machine setting and safe use
  •  Demonstration of key cutting on a standard machine and basic calibration methods

Mortise Locks

  •  Mortise lock terminology
  •  Show operation of lock and describe same
  •  Lock case size backset
  •  Applications of Mortise locks - wooden door - steel and aluminium doors

Course 2

Lever lock key cutting

  •  Students to disasemble & reassemble 3 lever Mortise deadlock
  •  Lecturer to demonstrate skill of cutting key to 3 lever lock by hand
  •  Students to copy
  •  Change levers and cut another key
  •  Disassemble and reassemble detainer lock


  •  Give brief description of types of safes in current use
  •  Types of locking for safes
  •  Explain the operation of 3 & 4 wheel combination locks
  •  Lecturer to demonstrate operation and Students to copy
  •  Point out the change hole alignment and explain what occurs if not in line
  •  Explain how to change the combination on a 3 wheel locks.
  •  Explain how to change the combination on digital safe locks.
  •  Lecturer to demonstrate resetting from lost code
  •  Explain the possible problems trying to change the code with the cap removed
  •  Explain on the forbidden zone and why?
  •  Advise on the various factory codes for different makes of combination locks

Lock Picking Basics

  •  Introduction/overview of picking and cylinder lock picks
  •  Wafer Lock Technology
  •  Demonstrate picking open a disc tumbler lock

Code Key Cutting

  •  Theory of code key cutting
  •  Decode and cut
  •  Depth & Space keys etc.
  •  Automated Key Cutting to code

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