How to become a Locksmith

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Locksmiths install, maintain, replace and repair locks and other security devices. They fit various types of mechanical locks, including cylinder and mortice, to doors and windows. They also install digital locks and electronic access control panels, and maintain security safes and other lockable items such as cabinets and jewellery boxes. Locksmiths supply and cut new and replacement keys and some also supply and fit other security devices such as burglar alarms and CCTV systems.

The work of a locksmith falls into four categories: domestic; commercial; safe opening and auto locksmithing. Typical tasks include gaining entry for lock-outs, securing properties post-burglary, and changing locks following repossessions. Locksmiths provide services for individual domestic or commercial clients on a one-off basis, and also carry out contract work, for example for landlords, builders, local authorities and banks and building societies. Many locksmiths operate a 24-hour emergency call-out service.

Locksmiths are not currently subject to statutory regulation, but voluntary self-regulation is carried out via trade associations and accreditation schemes. It is important for locksmiths to be able to demonstrate to potential customers that they are trustworthy and professional. The main trade associations require applicants to undergo criminal records checks before they can become members.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a locksmith service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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