Does Locksmith Need License

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:

  • Alarms
  • 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: 
  1. High-security lock systems
  2. Key control systems
  3. Window bars
  4. Deadlocks
  5. Keyless entry locks
  • Adjust, repair, or replace damaged entrance and exit doors including:
  1. Door closers
  2. Hinges
  3. Electronic release mechanisms
  4. 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:
  1. Strongrooms
  2. Safes
  3. Alarms
  4. Door and window locks
  5. 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.

For a fast, reliable locksmith in your area, please call us today on 0401 073 756 or contact us through our website.