Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Locksmithing

Penn Foster Career School's Professional Locksmithing Career Diploma Program is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in basic locksmithing. Read more about the Professional Locksmithing Program here.

Official Program Name:

Professional Locksmithing

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Professional Locksmithing 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 licensing and bonding issues.

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.

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Required Courses for a Professional Locksmithing 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.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • Locksmithing: An Expanding Career Field
  • Instruction Set 2
    • Introduction to Locks and Keys
    • Key Identification
    • Practical Exercise:
      • Identifying Keys
    • Lock Mechanisms
  • Instruction Set 3
    • Residential Locks
    • Keymaking and Rekeying
    • Practical Exercises:
      • Duplicating a Key by Hand
      • Rekeying the Kwikset(R) Door Lock
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Opening Locks Without Keys
    • Home and Business Security
    • Practical Exercises:
      • Impressioning a Key for a Mortise Cylinder
      • Shimming Open and Rekeying the Mortise Cylinder
  • Instruction Set 5
    • Auto Locks
    • Safes and Vaults
    • Panic Hardware and Electric Locks
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Electronic Security
    • Starting a Small Business
    • Working as a Professional Locksmith

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Penn Foster Professional Locksmithing Career Diploma Program may wish to further their education by pursuing national certification as well as training in an area of specialty. Since 9/11, security issues have become increasingly significant, and most companies are seeking certified individuals for hire. 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

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