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How to Become a Master Locksmith

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If you have already completed the minimum training required to become a licensed locksmith, you may want to advance your career to become a master locksmith. One of the standard training methods for locksmithing is on-the-job training as an apprentice with a certified or master locksmith. If you have already completed training on a basic level as a journeyman locksmith you have the option of advancing through further training to reach the level of master locksmith. This is the highest of the four levels designated by the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). Training to master locksmith level can take up to four years depending on state requirements and your areas of specialism.

Standard locksmith services include:

  • Installing locks
  • Repairing and rekeying locks
  • Cutting keys
  • Programming new transponder keys
  • Re-programming combination locks

A master locksmith may also provide services such as:

  • Installation, servicing and repair of eclectic alarm systems
  • Designing a security system for commercial or residential use
  • Custom making locks and lock parts
  • Maintaining records of services provided to clients
  • Installing and repairing combination and biometric locks

A master locksmith may run his own personal business or may be employed by a security company, lock and safe manufacturer or department or hardware stores. Master locksmiths must submit to a full background check before obtaining their license so that the prospective clients can rest assured that the locksmith can be fully trusted with their home or commercial security.

The highest level you can attain in locksmithing is the CML (Certified Master Locksmith). When you have qualified as a master locksmith you will be eligible to join the Associated Locksmiths of America. At this point you will also be able to train other apprentice locksmiths. The ALOA offers ongoing seminars and workshops so that master locksmiths can maintain their continuing education and can keep up with the latest developments in locksmithing and security systems.

There are numerous local ALOA chapters and affiliates throughout the United States. They offer a number of benefits for members such as information about further training, legal issues and certification information. You can find more information about them at the ALOA website.

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