How to become a Locksmith


Becoming a locksmith is not just about learning how to install and repair locks. It also involves developing skills related to problem-solving, customer service, and security. This blog will answer your questions on the steps necessary to become a professional and licensed locksmith in Australia.

Step 1: Get a licence to operate as a locksmith

The first step you will need to take is to research the licencing requirements for the state that you wish to work as a locksmith. Each Australian state has different rules and regulations, so it’s important that you familiarise yourself with them. Whilst there is no nationally recognised locksmith qualification in Australia. However, most locksmiths have completed a Certificate III in Locksmithing or a related trade such as carpentry or engineering. Most states require applicants to have at least two years of experience in the industry or pass an accredited course of study.

Step 2: Complete your training

Once you have determined which course or courses are required for licensure, you can begin training. Many courses are offered online or through local trade schools; however, some may require hands-on experience with an established locksmithing business or apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships typically take four years to complete, while traineeships can be completed in two years. Depending on the requirements of your chosen state, you may also be required to complete a certain number of hours of supervised work prior to being eligible for a licence.

Step 3: Provide documentation

After completing all necessary training and educational requirements, you must then obtain the proper documentation from your state's licensing board. This includes providing proof of age (generally 18 years old), criminal background check results, proof of education or experience in the field, and any other documents that may be required by your state's specific laws. In some cases, individuals may also need to provide evidence of their ability to legally operate a motor vehicle as many locksmiths travel between job sites on behalf of their clients.

Step 4: Start your own business

With the right experience and licences under your belt, you can now look to step out on your own. To get started, think about your business name and branding. You want both to stand out but be easy to understand.  To come up with the right name, take this business name quiz. Once your name is confirmed, you should register for an ABN and GST (if you expect to generate over $75,000 in annual income). With your ABN ready, you can then open a business bank account with Thriday*. With Thriday, you can keep an accurate record of all your income and expenses, so you can do tax time in no time at all.

Becoming a licensed locksmith is a fun profession, where you get to work with different clients, and often at different locations throughout the year. No two days are the same as a locksmith. If this is something that interests you, then know that there are multiple paths available towards achieving your goal. With proper research into each individual state’s licencing requirements and the completion of any necessary educational programs or practical experiences laid out by those same regulations, obtaining your licence as a locksmith is only a few small steps away.

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