Selecting an Online School
For those wishing to acquire the skills to become a locksmith, someone who makes and fixes locks, a variety of online schools offer short training programs. Many vocational schools and community colleges offer these online training programs. In general, no prerequisites are required, and upon completion students have the knowledge to work as locksmiths in retail settings or at security companies.
|Accreditation||Is the program accredited? Certification often requires attending an accredited program|
|Program Delivery||Are online options available? Hybrid and traditional programs are available. Most fully online programs are not accredited|
|Equipment||Does the program provide necessary equipment? If not, the cost to acquire it will increase attendance cost|
|Course Options||Does the program cover typical topics? Most accredited programs will cover all necessary topics for certification|
Students considering online locksmith schools must make their decision based on several key factors, like accreditation, the way the program is delivered, the equipment available, and the course options. Let's take a closer look at these factors.
More than a dozen states in the U.S. require locksmiths to be licensed and this often involves a minimum number of training hours through an accredited institution, as well as passage of an exam. Even in states that don't require licensing, employers often prefer locksmiths who hold certification from the Associated Locksmiths of America. If you intend on gaining certification, it's important to check that the online school you attend is approved by the certifying organization.
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Due of the hands-on nature of the profession, most locksmith training comes in the form of hybrid programs. This means that part of the schooling takes place in the classroom, often at a local community or vocational college, and the other part takes place online. There are also online training schools to become a locksmith; the benefit to these is that you can learn at your own pace and student services are often available online and by phone and e-mail. Unfortunately, often online schools are not accredited.
Before signing up with a school, students should determine whether the school provides necessary tools for making keys, installing and disassembling locks, and performing other standard locksmithing tasks. Many schools provide a broad range of tools and equipment to learn on and some even award students a key-making machine upon graduation. You should also check to see if your programs provide books and learning aids. If you have to acquire such equipment and materials separately, the cost of training could increase dramatically.
The courses offered in the program should also be taken into consideration. In general, locksmith program curricula tend to include courses in:
- locksmithing tools
- lock fitting and installation
- key duplication
- emergency entry
However, if you intend on earning automotive locksmith certification for example, you'll want to be trained in the specialty of automotive locksmithing or if you want to own your own locksmith business, you may want to find a program that includes courses in locksmithing law and business.
When choosing an online locksmith school, consider the school's accreditation status, program delivery, equipment, and course options.