A locksmith’s job is to essentially serve the community. Most of the time, when we call our trusted locksmith, it is an emergency.
However, if you noticed, we don’t see a lot of locksmiths around. Locksmithing is a small industry and in most places, there is a shortage of this highly-technical job.
On average, locksmiths do not need a license to operate but they need to be certified. They need a trade certificate obtained through an apprenticeship from a TAFE-recognised employer or training provider.
There are certain services though that will require a licence.
How Do Locksmiths Get Certified?
To become a qualified locksmith, you need to acquire a trade certificate that can only be acquired after completing 1 to 4 years apprenticeship from a locksmith employer that is recognised by TAFE (Technical And Further Education) under the National Training System/Australian Qualifications Framework.
During this time, the apprentice must learn all the skills needed to become a highly-trained locksmith which includes:
- Installing, adjusting, repairing, and maintaining locks
- Duplicating or making keys
- Evaluating security systems
- Changing lock combinations
- Automotive key and lock systems
- Commercial lock systems
Only after completing the apprenticeship and receiving your trade certificate are you allowed to operate and service the community.
When Is A License Needed?
Generally, a locksmith only needs a certificate from TAFE to operate but there are certain services that a locksmith provides that will require a license like being a security equipment installer.
This will need a security provider license before you can install, repair, service or maintain the following:
- Monitoring systems
- Audio recording systems
- Visual recording systems
- Electric access control devices
- Electro-magnetic access control devices
- Biometric access control devices
- Motion detectors
- Infra-red detectors
- Microwave or contact detectors
- Safes and vaults
- Motion detector lights and many others
Locksmith Associations And Memberships
Aside from getting a certificate and a license, although this is not required, locksmiths are encouraged to join a reputable association so they can be guided and protected.
One of the main reasons and advantages of joining an association is having a governing body that sets rules of conduct in dealing with the sensitive issues of locksmithing like handling restricted keying systems and other important issues.
A locksmiths job varies but most of the time, it requires them to gain access if not full entry to our homes, businesses, and vehicles. That can be a security risk so you have to make sure that you choose your locksmith wisely.
Research, ask around, look for good reviews before hiring a locksmith no matter how small you think the job is. A locksmith’s job varies depending on their area of specialty but generally, a locksmith should be able to:
- Make and cut keys
- Install, repair, and maintain a simple lock system
- Sell locks, safes, vaults, and other associated hardware
- Repair damaged locks
- Dismantle, repair, or replace defective parts of damaged, jammed or worn locks
- Install, maintain, or replace lock systems
- Install, maintain, or replace alarm systems
- Install, maintain, or replace access control systems
- Create, design, or construct a master key system. This can be done manually or by a computer.
- Create, design, and install electronic alarm systems
- Distribute, sell, and install:
- High-security lock systems
- Key control systems
- Window bars
- Keyless entry locks
- Adjust, repair, or replace damaged entrance and exit doors including:
- Door closers
- Electronic release mechanisms
- Or the door itself
- Change lock key combinations which may need inserting new pins into the locks
- Design complex master key systems for governments, businesses and institutions.
- Conduct on-site inspections and risk assessments to determine security requirements by customer consultation.
- Recommend and design appropriate systems like:
- Door and window locks
- Martyr key systems
- Keep thorough records of installed systems including specifications and other important details.
For all your locksmithing needs – residential, commercial, and automotive, make sure you only use qualified and certified locksmiths. Solid Lock Locksmith is Melbourne’s most trusted 24/7 emergency locksmith.
We specialise in safe sales and service, automotive locks and keys, and restricted master-key systems.
Let the experts ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones and business. We are Melbourne’s finest and most trusted.
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