Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Locksmithing

Penn Foster Career School's Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in basic locksmithing. Read more about the Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program here.

Official Program Name:

Locksmith & Home Security Technician

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program gives enrolled students the opportunity to learn basic locksmithing from the ground up in six instruction modules. Students study various types of locks and keys, electronic security systems, electric locks, and automobile, safe, and vault locks. The final instruction set includes coursework that covers closed circuit TV, recording, and detection.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School supplies all of the materials students need to complete the program, including books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids. After completing all program requirements, students are also given an industry trade directory.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Required Courses for a Locksmith & Home Security Tehcnician Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Starting Your Program

  • Lesson 1 - Starting Your Program
  • Instruction Set 2

Introduction to Keys

  • Lesson 2 - Working as a Professional Locksmith
  • Lesson 3 - Introduction to Locks and Keys
  • Lesson 4 - Using Tools Safely
  • Lesson 5 - Identifying Keys
  • Lesson 6 - Key Making
  • Lesson 7 - Duplicating a Cylinder Key
  • Lesson 8 - Graded Project

Locks and Key Mastering

  • Lesson 9 - Introduction to Locks
  • Lesson 10 - Rekeying the Pin Tumbler Cylinder
  • Lesson 11 - Opening Locks without Keys
  • Lesson 12 - Safes and Vaults
  • Lesson 13 - Graded Project

Fundamentals of Home Security

  • Lesson 14 - Locksmithing in Electronic Security
  • Lesson 15 - Circuit Analysis and Ohm's Law
  • Lesson 16 - Basic Low Voltage Electricity

Home Security Wiring

  • Lesson 17 - Access Control Systems
  • Lesson 18 - Wire and Wiring Requirements

CCT, Recording, and Detection Systems

  • Lesson 19 - Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Lesson 20 - CCTV and Recording Options
  • Lesson 21 - System Management Software

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Penn Foster Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program may wish to further their education by pursuing national certification as well as training in an area of specialty. Check individual states for state licensing requirements.

Training possibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Automotive Locksmith Certification
  • Certified Master Locksmith Certification
  • Safe Technician Certification
  • Electronic Access Certification

Career Paths:

Locksmithing is a field with multiple possible career paths, including working with security firms, locksmiths, or safe companies. Apprenticeship with a master technician is a viable alternative to formal training.

Entry-level positions that graduates might pursue include:

  • Apprenticeship with a master locksmith
  • Security technician
  • Safe installation
  • Customer service representative for a lock or security company