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An Interview with a Female Locksmith

We’re well aware that the locksmithing industry is heavily male-dominated, which is why we’re on a mission to change this! We want to open up the conversation around female locksmiths and ideally inspire more women to consider locksmithing as a career.

So, we thought what better way to do so than to speak to someone who’s been there, is doing that and proudly wearing the t-shirt…

Meet Kirsten…

Back in 2019, Kirsten was running her own successful waste and property management company. Being the entrepreneur she is, Kirsten started exploring training courses she could take that would help broaden her skillset and grow her company when she stumbled across a Locksmith Training Course that caught her eye.

She gave us a call and booked onto our 5-Day Intense Locksmith Training Course and never looked back!

Now here she is, 4 years later, running a hugely successful locksmith company operating across Manchester and Stockport – Goldie Locks.

We caught up with Kirsten to discover how she’s found life as a female locksmith out there in the real world.

How did you find the journey of becoming a locksmith?

I completed the 5-day Locksmith Training course with MPL Locksmith Training and completely fell in love with it. Mark was a fantastic trainer and the support from MPL following your course completion is immense – even now they’re still there to help whenever I need a question answered.

I struggled in school as I was never an academic person. I’m much more of a visual learner and I think that’s why I fell in love with locksmithing. It’s just like solving a puzzle, but it’s just a puzzle you can’t see.

I felt incredibly confident and excited to start my new role following the course, but it can be daunting going out into the real world as you’re almost always on your own.

At the end of the day, there’s only so much you can learn in a classroom and it’s up to you to get out there and continue to build your knowledge and skills – which is exactly what I did!

What are the challenges you’ve faced as a female locksmith?

I’m often asked if I’ve found it challenging as a woman in such a stereotypically male-dominated industry, but in all honesty, I haven’t really faced any problems because of my gender! If anything, I think being a woman has really helped my career.

Plus, I’m fortunate enough to have a contract with Age UK and a Domestic Violence Charity, which is where a lot of my jobs come from, and I probably wouldn’t be in this position if I was male.

At the end of the day, you’re running a business and every business needs a niche to succeed, so why not take advantage of it?

What do you find most fulfilling about your role as a locksmith?

I absolutely love my job as I find that you’re always left feeling like you’ve made a real difference. Don’t get me wrong, you end up going to some pretty horrific sites which is never pleasant, but you feel as though you’ve really helped them once you’ve delivered your service.

For example, you go to people who have been the victims of a burglary or break-in and they’re absolutely terrified. But you make their property secure again and advise them on their home safety, ensuring you leave them feeling safe and sound in their own homes again.

At the end of the day, you’re getting people out of jams, and they’re always very grateful for your help. It’s a very rewarding line of work!

What’s it like being a female locksmith?

I found out very quickly that my gender worked to my advantage in this industry. The people you’re going out to help are often in vulnerable states and in these circumstances, many people feel safer and more at ease with a female presence than a man’s.

I’ve had numerous customers tell me that they chose me over other local locksmiths for the sole reason that I’m a woman. When working with Age UK across my local area, they provide customers with three numbers – usually 2 males and myself. I would say probably 8/10 customers will opt for me over the other two!

Traditionally people feel safer around women than they do around men – particularly strangers. I think it has something to do with the maternal instinct, maybe. But that has definitely worked in my favour when it comes to securing jobs, so I’m not complaining!

How do your fellow locksmiths treat you?

I can honestly say that over the past few years, I have never met a horrible locksmith! Maybe I’ve just been lucky, but I have only ever been treated with the utmost respect and kindness by other locksmiths.

I’ve also realised that being the only female locksmith in the area, you’re recognised very quickly, both in the industry by your fellow locksmiths and in the local community by potential customers.

I’ve found that everyone’s always willing to help me, whether that’s because of my gender or not I can’t say, but the locksmithing community is definitely a supportive one.

For example, one of the locksmith companies in my area, who on paper should be my competitor, regularly helps me out and lets me use the workshop in the back of their shop whenever I need to!

Why do you think there is such a lack of female locksmiths?

I think it stems from a lack of awareness and possibly ignorance. Out of all the trades it’s never mentioned as much at school as say electricians or plumbers, so it’s never at the forefront of people’s minds when considering their future career.

And then on top of this, there’s a real lack of female representation in the industry which causes a vicious cycle. You don’t really see female locksmiths so it never even crosses your mind that, as a woman, this could be a potential career path for you.

There’s so much more to locksmithing than first meets the eye too. People might think picking locks every day is boring but really there’s so much more to it than that!

I’m trying to spread the word and inspire other women; I’ve started making videos showing the day in the life of a female locksmith and attending networking events, etc. to share my journey and show my passion for locksmithing.

Any advice for young women considering a career as a locksmith?

If you’ve got that fire in your belly and you’re passionate, just go for it! Don’t overthink it! The locksmithing community is so supportive and there will always be someone there to help so what have you got to lose?

For any women out there thinking about it, there’s plenty of room at the table, so take the leap and come join me!

Book Your Locksmith Course with MPL Locksmith Training
Want to follow in Kirsten’s footsteps? Book your spot on our City & Guilds Accredited 5-Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course today!

If you have any questions, please get in touch – our friendly team of locksmith experts will happily answer any questions you may have. Simply call now on 01924 693 293 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.

The Ultimate Guide to Access Control Training

One of the courses we offer here at MPL Locksmith Training is a 2-Day Access Control Course – but we find that many people are often unaware of what this entails or what Access Control is in general.

So, to help answer your questions, we’ve put together a Guide to Access Control, in which we’ll be covering what it means, why it’s necessary, the benefits it can provide to you as a locksmith, and the steps you can take to begin offering Access Control as a service!

What is Access Control?

Access Control is pretty much exactly what you would expect – it’s a term used to describe the various methods that allow users to control access to buildings or particular areas of buildings.

A prime example of access control would be hotels – if you’ve stayed in a hotel you’ve probably been given a keycard that you can use to gain entry to the building and your room.

Essentially it’s a way of keeping a building secure, but instead of using traditional keys, it involves access control systems like keypads, proximity devices, CCTV, fobs or readers instead.

Why is Access Control Needed?

So, why is access control important? Traditional security methods, like locks and keys, can create numerous issues for businesses – especially in high-traffic areas, so that’s where Access Control comes into play.

Keeping track of hundreds of keys can get incredibly complicated and costly. Plus, visitors may need temporary access, or you might need to revoke access to ex-employees; there’s a range of issues that could come up that are made much simpler with the help of an Access Control system.

Benefits of Access Control

Let’s explore the reasons why companies choose Digital Access Control Systems over more traditional locks and keys…

  • Increase Convenience for all users and visitors
  • Flexibility to control who has access to where and when
  • Cheaper than mass key production
  • Ability to control the system from a central point
  • Increased security and event reporting – know who has been where
  • Ability to connect to your CCTV system and/or Fire Alarm

Access Control Entry Types

The term ‘Access Control’ refers to a range of different entry types that all use various methods and technologies to allow and/or prevent access into specific areas. Different types of access control techniques are used in various environments depending on the level of security required, the type of building and the users involved. Let’s explore some of the common access control entry types you could find yourself working on:

  • Mechanical Digital Code Locks:
    Ideal for workplaces with a large number of staff or a high footfall, like offices for example. They are more traditional than most other access control systems listed below, but they can range from the old-school mechanical locks and push button locks with single code access, to more intricate dual credential systems where staff will have their own unique access code.
  • Electronic Access Systems:
    Often referred to as EACs, Electronic Access Control systems are commonly used in buildings where people live or work, such as apartment blocks and offices. They are essentially digital networks made up of a reader/control unit and physical credentials given to those who have been granted access – most commonly in the form of key cards or fobs.
  • Audio Visual Entry Systems:
    Like an intercom system, with the additional benefit of video, an Audio Visual Entry System is designed to allow users the ability to visually identify anyone trying to gain access. This provides increased security as users have the ability to check credentials, documentation and IDs to determine their level of access. They’re increasingly used in apartment buildings, educational facilities, and secure facilities with limited access.
  • Magnetic Door Lock Systems:
    Magnetic Door Locks are highly popular thanks to their durability and simplicity for users. Most commonly utilised in multi-residence properties and commercial buildings like offices, this type of access control system allows for fast access both in and out with the combination of key codes and push to exit buttons. The use of current with maglocks increases security as the doors cannot simply be forced open with pressure.
  • GSM Entry Systems:
    Global System for Mobile communications, or GSM, is the name for entry systems that utilise mobile phones to grant visitors entry. They’re the perfect solution for properties where a hard-wired entry system is either overkill or simply isn’t feasible. Similar to an intercom system, users receive audio and/or visual calls from visitors and can open doors all within their phones.
  • Smart Door Locks:
    Relatively new to the market but increasingly growing in popularity, Smart Door Locks are typically installed on residential properties as they provide homeowners with complete control over who can access their homes and when. Users can remotely control their door locks via their phones and provide visitors with ‘virtual keys’ that allow access for specific times. Plus, when used alongside a mortice lock, they provide as much security as traditional key-operated locks.
  • Code Locks:
    A popular choice for keyless entry, Code Locks rely on the input of allotted number combinations for access. They’re great for convenience and easily reprogrammable if you need to revoke access to specific individuals. More traditionally code locks would be completely mechanical but you can also get digital versions too. Code Locks are most commonly utilisied in commercial settings and workplaces.
  • Intercom Systems:
    Probably the most commonly known about access systems, Intercoms have been around for years. They are essentially two-way communication systems that allows users to interact with visitors to determine their reason for entry or their access permissions. They are popular across a wide range of environments, including gated homes or communities, workplaces, schools and other public institutions.

Want to learn more about Access Control types and how to install them? Discover more about our Access Control Training below!

Access Control Training

We’re proud to offer a 2-Day Access Control Course at our Locksmith Training Centre in Wakefield. We’ve been running Locksmith Training Courses for decades,

Aimed at existing and practising locksmiths, our Access Control Course is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and widen their skill set. By mastering the art of Access Control, you can then offer niche services that will help you to stand out from your competition in the local area.

Taking part in an Access Control Training Course is the perfect way to secure additional locksmith work and broaden your horizons, or simply to switch it up if you ever grow tired of your usual day-to-day activities. You can then add Access Control System Installation, Maintenance, Repairs and Servicing to your roster of existing services and drive business and profits!

Interested in learning every aspect of Access Control from the basics up to the High-Security solutions? Enquire today for more information and get yourself booked onto our next Access Control course!

The Importance of Auto Locksmiths

In today’s fast-paced world, owning a vehicle is no longer considered a luxury but a necessity for many individuals. As the number of cars on the road continues to rise, so does the need for reliable and skilled professionals with the ability to fix them. But we’re not talking about mechanics.

We’re here to discuss the importance of Auto Locksmiths and explore the crucial reasons why their expertise is indispensable in the locksmith industry. We’ll also look at what it is they do, the services they provide and the benefits of becoming an Auto Locksmith!

What is an Auto Locksmith?

An Auto Locksmith is a specialised locksmith who provides services relating to automotive security, lock systems and vehicle entry. They’re trained professionals who are equipped to handle challenges posed by vehicle locks, keys and security systems.

What does an Auto Locksmith do?

Auto Locksmiths will offer a wide range of services, all of which revolve around vehicle entry and security. Let’s take a look at the most common services provided by auto locksmiths:

Vehicle Lockouts

Probably the most obvious, and most popular, service that Auto Locksmiths provide is vehicle entry in which they’ll assist individuals who are locked out of their cars/vehicles.

Regardless of whether the keys have been lost or stolen, broken, locked inside the vehicle, or stuck in the lock, auto locksmiths are equipped with the skills and tools they need to gain entry to the vehicle in a non-destructive manner.

Auto locksmiths use a variety of techniques to gain entry successfully, including lock picking, decoding electronic lock systems and using specialised tools to unlock doors.

Key Replacements & Duplication

Another service provided by auto locksmiths is key cutting – replacing and duplicating keys for all sorts of vehicles. They can cut new keys based on existing ones or even create entirely new keys if all copies are lost and entry cannot be achieved.

Car keys are also slightly different to house keys with added complications, such as transponder keys and keyless entry systems, for example. Auto Locksmiths will be able to re-program new keys to match the vehicle’s security system.

Ignition System Repair & Replacement

Issues with the ignition cylinder and or switch mean that your car won’t start. Fortunately, auto locksmiths are able to diagnose and resolve issues with a vehicle’s ignition system.

If your ignition switch is faulty or your car key is stuck in the ignition, an auto locksmith can repair and/or replace these components to get your car up and running again in no time.

Key Programming

Electronic keys, key fobs and remote control systems are commonplace in the cars of today, so it’s only right that auto locksmiths are capable of programming and re-programming them. If a key fob is not working or needs syncing with the vehicle’s security system, an auto locksmith will be able to use the necessary equipment required to program the system successfully.

Security System Installation & Upgrades

As well as keys, auto locksmiths have an understanding of vehicle security systems and the ability to install or upgrade them. This includes alarm systems, immobilisers, tracking devices, and other security features designed to protect against theft and unauthorised access.

The Vital Role of Auto Locksmiths

So, why are auto locksmiths so important? Just like regular locksmiths, auto locksmiths play a vital role in our communities in a number of ways.

Specialised Knowledge & Skills

Automotive locks and keys have evolved significantly over the years, becoming more complex and advanced. Auto locksmiths possess the specialised knowledge and skills required to handle the intricate locking systems found in modern vehicles.

They undergo rigorous training and stay up to date with the latest advancements in automotive security technology. From transponder keys to remote keyless entry systems, auto locksmiths possess the expertise to repair, replace, and reprogram keys for a wide range of vehicles.

Their ability to adapt to the ever-changing automotive security landscape makes them an invaluable asset to the locksmith industry and the entire population who may need their services.

Emergency Assistance

We’ve all experienced the sinking feeling of being locked out of our vehicles or misplacing our car keys. Such situations can quickly escalate, especially when we’re in a rush or facing adverse weather conditions.

Auto locksmiths are available round the clock to provide emergency assistance when these unfortunate incidents occur. They understand the urgency of the situation and strive to arrive promptly to resolve the issue.

With their specialised tools and techniques, they can efficiently unlock vehicles without causing any damage. Their swift response and expertise help alleviate the stress and inconvenience faced by individuals in distressing lockout scenarios.

Vehicle Security & Protection

Theft and car break-ins are unfortunate realities that vehicle owners must contend with. However, auto locksmiths play a crucial role in enhancing vehicle security and protecting owners’ investments.

They can install robust security systems, such as immobilisers, alarm systems, and tracking devices, to deter potential thieves. Moreover, they possess the knowledge to identify vulnerabilities in existing security systems and recommend appropriate measures to reinforce them.

By addressing weak points in a vehicle’s security, auto locksmiths contribute significantly to reducing the risk of theft and ensuring peace of mind for vehicle owners.

Key Duplication and Replacement

Whether it’s a spare key for emergencies or a replacement key due to loss or damage, auto locksmiths are the go-to professionals for car key duplication and replacement. They possess the expertise to cut and program car keys accurately, ensuring compatibility with the vehicle’s locking system.

Gone are the days when car owners had to rely solely on dealerships for key-related services, which were often expensive and time-consuming. Auto locksmiths offer a more convenient and cost-effective solution, making it easier for individuals to obtain spare or replacement keys when needed.

Professionalism and Trustworthiness

Auto locksmiths uphold the highest standards of professionalism and trustworthiness in their work. They understand the significance of customer trust and strive to establish long-term relationships built on reliability and integrity.

With their extensive training and experience, they handle each task with precision and care. Vehicle owners can feel confident that their automotive security needs are in capable hands when they seek the services of a reputable auto locksmith.

Benefits of Becoming an Auto Locksmith

There are plenty of benefits to becoming an auto locksmith, making it an attractive career choice for individuals interested in the locksmithing profession. Let’s explore the benefits of pursuing a career as an auto locksmith:

  • High Demand – There is a consistent and growing demand for auto locksmith services. With the increasing number of vehicles on the road and the complexity of automotive locks and security systems, the need for skilled auto locksmiths continues to rise. This high demand ensures a steady stream of job opportunities and potential clients for auto locksmiths.
  • Specialised Skill Set – Auto locksmiths possess specialised knowledge and skills specific to automotive locks, keys, and security systems. This expertise sets them apart from general locksmiths and allows them to command higher rates for their services. By focusing on the automotive sector, auto locksmiths can develop a niche skill set that makes them sought after by vehicle owners and locksmithing companies.
  • Varied Work Environment – As an auto locksmith, you can enjoy a diverse and dynamic work environment. You may work in a variety of settings, such as locksmith shops, auto repair garages, or even operate as a mobile locksmith, providing on-site services to clients. This variety in work environments keeps the job interesting and allows for flexibility in terms of employment options.
  • Constant Learning Opportunities – The field of automotive locksmithing is continuously evolving. New vehicle models are released with advanced lock and security systems, requiring auto locksmiths to stay updated with the latest technology and techniques. This constant learning ensures that the work remains challenging and engaging, allowing auto locksmiths to continually expand their knowledge and skill set.
  • Independence and Entrepreneurial Opportunities – Becoming an auto locksmith can offer the opportunity for independence and entrepreneurship. Many auto locksmiths choose to establish their own businesses or operate as independent contractors. This autonomy allows individuals to set their own schedules, choose their clients, and have greater control over their professional growth and financial success.
  • Job Satisfaction – Auto locksmiths often experience high job satisfaction because they play a vital role in assisting individuals during stressful and emergency situations. Being able to help someone who is locked out of their vehicle or provide solutions to complex lock and key issues can be rewarding and fulfilling.
  • Competitive Earnings – Due to the specialised nature of their services and the high demand for auto locksmiths, professionals in this field can earn competitive salaries. As their expertise grows and their reputation builds, they can command higher rates for their services, resulting in a potentially lucrative career.
  • Career Stability – The need for auto locksmiths is expected to remain stable in the long term. As long as there are vehicles on the road, there will be a need for professionals who can address automotive lock and key issues. This stability provides job security and peace of mind for those pursuing a career in this field.

Auto Locksmith Training

Interested in becoming an auto locksmith yourself? Book your space on our Specialist Auto Locksmith Training Course today! Whether you’re an established locksmith looking to add a specialist service to your skill set or you want to make your entry to the locksmith industry as an auto locksmith exclusively, we’re here to help.

Speak to our team now by calling 01924 693 293 or email your queries over to [email protected] and our expert locksmiths will get back to you. For all your locksmith training needs, trust MPL Locksmith Training.

Locksmiths: Self-Employed Vs Working for a Company

If you’re an aspiring locksmith, you might be pondering over the route you want to take once you complete your locksmith training course. Is it better to find a position at a local or national locksmithing company? Or is it in your best interests to start up your own locksmith company and be self-employed?

It’s a tough one – that’s for sure! Overall, the end decision really comes down to you and what sort of job you’re looking for.

There are a number of factors, benefits and disadvantages to take into account before you make the decision. So, to help you understand these factors and make your own decision, we’ve put together a guide on Self-Employed Locksmiths Vs Working for a Locksmith Company!

Working for a Locksmith Company

Working for a local or even national locksmith company is a common choice for a number of locksmiths. But, like any job role/type, it has its pros and cons…

Benefits of Working for a Locksmith Company

  • Stability – When working for an established company, you’ll likely have a set number of hours per day/week/month and therefore a set salary that you can expect to receive each week/month. This can sway a lot of locksmiths when starting out in the industry, as you can have peace of mind knowing exactly what you’re getting each month.
  • Support – Starting up on your own can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before! Many locksmiths opt to join an established company to benefit from their experience and any support or training they offer on the job.
  • Customers – Unless you know what you’re doing, it can take time to build your customer base up as a new business. By joining an existing locksmith company, you can benefit by gaining access to its existing customer base and brand reputation in the area. You’re essentially skipping this step that’s vital if you were setting up your own company.

Disadvantages of Working for a Locksmith Company

  • Capped earnings – Compared to working for yourself when you can decide to work more hours or increase your prices, working for a company means you’re often limited by your hourly wage or yearly salary. While this may increase thanks to promotions or raises, you’re never guaranteed these, so you could be on a capped wage.
  • No control – When you run your own company, you set the rules. Whereas working for a company means you’re obliged to follow their rules, regulations and policies – even if you don’t agree with them! This means you won’t have any control over the types of jobs you’re sent to or your working hours, for example.
  • Limited flexibility – When you work for yourself as a locksmith, you can pick and choose when you want to work and fit it around any of your existing responsibilities. But some locksmith companies will require their employees to work specific hours or be on call at certain times that may interfere with your schedule. This can make it difficult to balance your work and life balance.

Starting Your Own Locksmith Business

Many of our locksmith training graduates do go on to set up their own locksmithing company thanks to the wide range of benefits it provides them. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a self-employed locksmith.

Benefits of Starting Your Own Locksmith Business

  • Complete Control – When you go self-employed, you’re no longer dependent on somebody else making all the decisions for you. Instead, you have complete control over everything, from the types of jobs you attend to the prices you charge! This also means you can create a company you believe in, with your values at the core.
  • Flexibility – You get to manage your own hours, meaning you can work around your lifestyle and commitments like childcare, for example. You can employ others to work the hours you are unable to work too to ensure that all service hours are covered.
  • Expansion – By working for yourself, you can decide how and when you want to expand your business. This may be expanding by offering unique additional services, employing more locksmiths under your company, or expanding the areas you cover and the work you get.
  • Higher Starting Salaries – The average starting wage for a locksmith at a locksmith company tends to be roughly £20,000-£25,000. Whereas people who have completed a course with us and gone on to run their own company have seen massive results – like Mehmet who had a turnover of £60,000 in his first year of running his own locksmith company!

Drawbacks of Starting Your Own Locksmith Business

  • Financial Risk – Starting any sort of business comes with its risks, particularly financial risks. However, start-up fees for a locksmith business are not as high as you might have first thought. For more information on the costs involved, check out our handy guide today – How Much Does it Cost to Start a Locksmithing Business?
  • Lack of Support – Many people first starting out in the industry may opt to work for an existing company in the belief that they will be supported in their development, but that’s not always the case! When you run your own business, you’re responsible for all aspects, including accounting, taxes, and legal compliance and some individuals find this too daunting to give it a go. To help you out when you’re starting we’ve written a handy guide on How to Become Self-Employed After Your Locksmith Course. Plus, our range of locksmith training courses also covers skills and knowledge that you’ll need when setting up your own business. Plus, if you’re worried about having no support when you’re out there on the job, you can always give us a call; we offer a fully-manned 24-hour technical backup and support line for all of our graduates!

As experienced locksmiths ourselves, we would always recommend to our trainees that going self-employed is the way to go. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is different and you need to look at your personal goals and circumstances before making your decision.

Plus, who’s to say that you can’t start off in a locksmith company for a couple of years to gain experience first before making the switch and going it alone?

Whatever route you decide to take, make sure that you choose a trustworthy and fully-accredited Locksmith Training Course Provider that can provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in either path!

What Skills Do I Need To Be a Locksmith?

Before booking your locksmith training course with us, you might be curious to know what skills you need to be a locksmith…

As both practising locksmiths and locksmith training providers, we’ve put together a list of the top skills that we believe make up the perfect candidate for a successful career in the locksmithing industry!


Patience is a skill that’s transferable across many professions, and it’s a great quality to have, but it’s particularly useful for locksmiths. Firstly, you’ll need to be patient while learning your craft. It can take time to hone your skills, perfect your methods, and build your confidence!

Secondly, once you’re out and about on the job, you may come across new challenges or especially tricky locks that take multiple attempts to pick or repair. And, in these situations, you may have a distressed customer peering over your shoulder – just to add to the pressure! To ensure you get the job done, it’s vital to keep a level head and remain patient.


When people hire you for your locksmithing services, they’re placing their trust in you and your abilities. Being transparent and honest with your customers will help to set them at ease – especially when you’re gaining entry to their private property!

Plus, being honest will help you grow a glowing reputation across your local area, leading to a more successful business.


Strong communication skills are required in running any sort of successful business. But, as a locksmith, you’ll likely start out working on your own and for yourself – speaking to customers over the phone, scheduling your own appointments, managing your finances, etc. To do this well, it’s vital that you can communicate clearly and efficiently with many different types of people.


Unfortunately, working as a locksmith means you’ll often have to deal with customers who are in a state of distress, think lost keys, lock-outs, burglaries, domestic violence, etc. In these types of situations, it’s important that you’re able to empathise with the customer and support them as much as you can while you’re with them.

Making vulnerable customers feel safe is often a big part of the job, so it’s important that you are capable of dealing with these scenarios. Don’t worry if this is something you’re not experienced with though, as long as you’re friendly, polite and understanding, you’ll go far!


Flexibility and adaptability are qualities that will see you succeed as a locksmith – especially if you’re interested in setting up your own business. Most locksmiths offer 24-hour services, meaning you could be called at all times of the day or night. If this is something you want to offer, then you’ll need to be willing to work unsociable hours and adapt to your client’s needs.

As well as this, it’s important to remember that no two jobs are the same. You may face difficult clients, new environments, adverse weather conditions, etc. so it’s important that you can adapt to these challenges and get the job done no matter what.

Problem-Solving Skills

Using your locksmith skills to solve people’s problems is the basis of the job role, so you need to have some good problem-solving skills in order to succeed! As mentioned previously, no two jobs are the same. You’ll be replacing locks, gaining entry in non-destructive ways, repairing damaged locks and more, so you’ll need to correctly identify the issue and use your training and experience to find the best solution. Sometimes thinking outside the box, or coming up with new ideas to get around particularly tricky situations!

Driving License

A full driver’s license is one of the most vital things you need in order to carry out your locksmithing services. Without this, you won’t have the ability to travel to your customer’s properties – an essential part of being a locksmith!


Most of the aspiring locksmiths we train end up setting up their own businesses. Having great organisational skills will set you up for success when running any business yourself! You’ll be in charge of booking your own jobs, making sure you know the issue in advance as well as the location and any extra special requirements required. Plus you’ll need to keep your equipment in good working order, as well as maintain a good level of stock in your van to ensure you’re turning up prepared for jobs with the necessary parts.

Book Your Locksmith Training Course Today

Have you got these skills under your belt? If so, you could be a brilliant locksmith in the making!

Here at MPL Locksmith Training, we provide accredited locksmith training courses to candidates of all experience and skill levels. Hundreds of successful locksmiths across the country began their careers with us – so why not get started? If you’re an absolute beginner, we’d recommend our 5-Day C&G Locksmith Training Course that covers everything you need to know to begin your locksmith career.

Any questions? Feel free to get in touch with our team today – either call on 01924 693 293 or email us at [email protected].

How To Choose the Right Locksmith Training Course

With so many different areas involved in locksmithing, there’s no surprise that there’s also a wide range of locksmith training courses available to take – but how do you go about choosing the right one?

Well, here at MPL Locksmith Training, we’ve been delivering locksmith training courses for over three decades now and we know a thing or two about them and who they’re best aimed at! So, to help you choose the right locksmith training course, we’ve put together a handy guide…

We’ll break down the important things you need to consider before booking a course, before delving into the locksmith training courses we offer and who they’re best suited to.

Essential Things to Consider Before Booking your Locksmith Training Course

Before you get into the courses themselves, there are a few things you should consider first that will help you to narrow down your scope and ultimately find the perfect locksmith training course.

What’s your locksmith knowledge like?

Are you completely new to the world of locksmithing? While there are a number of courses created specifically for beginners, a number of more advanced locksmith training courses require candidates to have an existing amount of subject knowledge. Look out for the courses aimed at or suitable for beginners!

Do you have experience?

If you’ve got locksmithing experience but you’re looking to brush up on skills or keep up-to-date with new tech and developments in the industry, then you’re probably more suited to intermediate or advanced courses than those aimed at beginners. And the opposite is true for those with no locksmithing experience – stick to the courses aimed at beginners that cover everything you need to know!

Consider your competitors

If you run, or you’re planning on running, your own locksmith business then it’s important to consider your local competition when deciding which course is right for you! Take a look at the services other locksmiths in your area offer – are there any niche services not provided? If you’re in a highly competitive area, taking a specialist course and expanding your skillset can really help you to stand out from the crowd and generate leads with ease.

Which Locksmith Course is Right for Me?

Let’s explore our range of locksmith training courses – breaking down who they’re aimed at/suitable for and what they cover…

5-Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course

The perfect course for those that are completely new to locksmithing, our 5-Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course covers everything you need to know in order to start your own locksmith business.

  • Ideal for those seeking a new career
  • No prior knowledge or experience required
  • City & Guilds Accredited – great for marketing!

5-Day Locksmith Training Course

Similar to the 5-Day Specialist version, our 5-Day Locksmith Training Course covers all your essential content and provides you with the knowledge and ability to begin your own business.

  • Suitable for those new to the locksmith industry
  • No prior knowledge or experience required
  • A cheaper alternative – no C&G Accreditation

2-Day Advanced Lock Picking Training Course

An advanced course aimed specifically at existing locksmiths with experience in the industry, our 2-Day Advanced Lock Picking Course is ideal for those looking to get into warrant work with the emergency services.

  • Not suitable for beginners
  • Perfect if you’re looking to offer a specialist service
  • Aimed at existing locksmiths wanting to delve into high-security locks

1-Day Boarding Up Course

The 1-Day Boarding Up Course is another specialist course ideal for those looking to diversify their skillset and offer additional services to their customers.

  • Aimed at existing locksmiths with experience in the industry
  • Service often required by the emergency services
  • Diversify your services & stand out from the competition

Lock Installation Course

A course suitable for all levels of knowledge and experience, the 1-Day Lock Installation Course is the perfect addition to any locksmith’s skillset. An extended version of the course is also available, with our 2-Day Lock Installation Course.

  • No requirements for experience or existing knowledge
  • Great for those wanting to add a new service to their roster
  • Huge demand for lock installation across the country

Specialist Auto Locksmith Training Course

Our Specialist Auto Locksmith Training Course is the perfect course for anyone looking to offer a specialist locksmith service and stand out from their competitors.

  • No prior knowledge or experience necessary
  • Great for existing locksmiths fulfilling a niche in their area
  • City & Guilds Accredited

1-Day uPVC Repair Course

Despite the popularity of uPVC Doors, plenty of locksmiths tend to shy away from offering uPVC Repair services; by taking our 1-Day uPVC Repair Course, you could open yourself up to a huge increase in leads!

  • Requires some locksmith experience
  • Ideal for existing locksmiths looking to learn a new skill
  • Specialist service to help you stand out from your competition

1-Day Tilt & Turn Course

Moving away from doors, our 1-Day Tilt & Turn Course covers everything you need to know about Tilt & Turn windows!

  • Suitable for existing locksmiths with experience
  • Diversify the services you offer to increase leads
  • Locksmiths in your area may not provide this service

2-Day uPVC Repair / Tilt & Turn Course

A combination of both, the uPVC Repair and Tilt & Turn Training Course is a brilliant two-in-one course for existing locksmiths looking to diversify the services they provide.

  • Requires locksmith experience and existing knowledge
  • Learn new skills or brush up on new methods and techniques
  • Ideal for anyone having to turn down work in these areas currently

2-Day Access Control Course

Access Control is incredibly in demand, yet plenty of locksmiths fail to capitalise on this! Our 2-Day Access Control Course is the perfect training course if you want to take on jobs in this area.

  • Not suitable for beginners
  • Require existing locksmith knowledge
  • Experience in the locksmith industry will be beneficial

Once you’ve identified the correct locksmith training course for you, it’s also important that you find the right locksmith training company! To help guide you in making the right decision, check out our helpful article on Choosing the Right Locksmith Training Company.

Book Your Locksmith Training Course with MPL

Whether you’re looking to get started in the locksmithing industry, learn a specialist skill or simply brush up on your existing knowledge, you can be confident that you’ll find the perfect course for your requirements here at MPL Locksmith Training.

Book your course online with ease, or feel free to contact our friendly team with any questions you may have on 01924 693 293 today.

Do Locksmiths Need a DBS Check?

If you’re looking to begin your career as a locksmith then you’re probably looking up all the accreditations and requirements that you need to enter the industry. But something you may have overlooked in your research is a DBS check…

Employers use DBS checks to review your past in order to determine whether you’ve had any criminal convictions and if you are a suitable candidate for the role at hand. They’re most commonly used in job roles where you work with vulnerable people, children or the elderly, like doctors, teachers, carers, etc.

So surely locksmiths don’t need a DBS check, right? Well, technically no, but it may be compulsory for specific locations or jobs and can be hugely beneficial in helping you to secure work! Let’s break it down…

Is a DBS Check Required by Law for Locksmiths?

As it stands, there are no legal requirements surrounding DBS checks for locksmiths in the UK.

Though not required by law, there are some circumstances where a locksmith will need to prove a clean and up-to-date DBS check; especially if you’re taking on sub-contract work then a DBS check could be required depending upon the location of the jobs you’re sent to. For example, environments like schools and hospitals, etc. require all members of staff and those visiting the premises to carry out essential work to have a DBS check. Without proof of a clean DBS check, you will not be allowed on site and therefore you won’t be able to carry out the job at hand.

Benefits of a DBS Check for Locksmiths

Though it’s not a legal requirement, a DBS check can be incredibly valuable for a locksmith!

Selling Point

A DBS check can be utilised in your marketing strategy – think of it as another accreditation under your belt. You can then add ‘DBS Checked’ to your website or social media which could help to give you a competitive edge over other locksmiths in the area.

Peace of Mind for Customers

Some customers may be nervous or apprehensive about using the services of a locksmith. It does require a certain level of trust as individuals or businesses are giving you access to their properties. A DBS check, therefore, can be used as a trust signal that proves to your customers that you are a trustworthy, reliable and honourable person.

Working with Local Authorities

It’s common that local authorities, particularly the police, will require the assistance of a local locksmith. While this is great for business, it can mean that you’re often in stressful or upsetting situations involving potentially vulnerable people. If someone has just been the victim of a burglary or is suffering from domestic violence, they may be extremely nervous about strangers on their property; a DBS check may make them feel safer during these tough times.

Maximise Job Opportunities

As a locksmith, you never know where your job might take you, and the last thing you want is to have to turn down jobs in locations that require a DBS check! If you’re DBS checked, then you’re less restricted in terms of the jobs and locations you can work in.

How Do I Apply for a DBS Check?

There are three different types of DBS checks available – Basic, Standard and Enhanced. As an individual, you will only be able to apply for a Basic DBS check, as the Standard and Enhanced versions are only available to certain organisations and companies.

The Basic DBS check includes any unspent criminal conviction that you have on your record. Whereas the Standard and Enhanced check types are more in-depth and cover both spent and unspent convictions, as well as cautions and warnings too.

Applying for a Basic DBS check is easy to do; simply apply online by filling out the form and you’ll receive your certificate within 14 days.

Do I Need a DBS Check to Become a Locksmith?

No, it’s not essential for locksmiths in the UK to be DBS checked, although it is recommended due to the type of work they carry out. At MPL Locksmith Training, we provide a wide range of locksmith training courses designed to suit all levels of ability and we’ll always advise people to invest in a DBS check once they’ve completed their training! If you’ve still got queries surrounding locksmithing in general or DBS checks, feel free to contact us on 01924 693 293 and a member of the team will be happy to help!

How Much Does it Cost to Start a Locksmithing Business?

Starting your own locksmith business has become increasingly popular in recent years, and there’s no surprise when you look at all the benefits it provides; being your own boss, choosing your own hours, helping your local community, and earning a profit just to name a few!

But, from our many years of experience in providing locksmith training courses to aspiring locksmiths, we’ve found that there’s usually a barrier in place for those thinking about going it alone and starting their own locksmith business – cost (or at least the concerns over the costs they expect to pay).

Fortunately though for anyone wanting to make this career move, starting your own locksmith business doesn’t need to be expensive. If you can afford to go all in and purchase top-of-the-range equipment then why not, but for those worried about costs there are plenty of areas where you can choose cheaper alternatives to make it as affordable as possible.

Ultimately, there isn’t just one answer to the question of how much it costs to start a locksmith business as there are a number of variables that will affect the final price. But, to try and clear things up, we’ve put together a list of everything you’ll need to begin your venture and an approximation of what they all cost.

Locksmith Training

One of the most substantial costs in the list, but also the most important, is your locksmith training. To start your own business, it’s vital that you first complete a full locksmith training course that will provide you with all the essential knowledge, skills and information that you need.

Now you do have different options when it comes to locksmith training courses. There are accredited and non-accredited versions, as well as options to cover specific modules on their own or full courses that will provide you with everything you need at once.

The choice is yours on how you choose to complete your training; however, we highly recommend taking part in either our 5-Day Locksmith Course or the 3-Day Locksmith Course, both accredited by the NCFE, which covers everything you need to get started. We also offer a dual accredited 5-Day Locksmith Course, approved by City & Guilds and the NCFE.

On average completing your full locksmith training will cost you around £1,300-2,200+ depending on the location, the course provider, and the type of course you choose. But, don’t worry, we offer finance options for our courses to help you begin your new career. As well as this, many of our course participants choose to put the cost on their credit cards – like Mehmet, who was able to repay the cost of his training in just two weeks thanks to his new business! View his testimonial here.

Please bare in mind that our courses also include lunch, as well as parking for the duration of the course. Plus all students who complete a training course with us at MPL receive access to a 24-hour technical support line for when you’re out on the job, as well as a FREE locksmith bible filled with drill points and information worth over £100!

Tools & Parts

In order to deliver your locksmith services to customers you’ll need a set of locksmith tools. It can feel like a lot of money to spend at first, but it’s usually just a one-time purchase that will keep you sorted for years to come. A full set of all your essential locksmith tools along with a basic range of stock to carry would cost roughly £800 + VAT.

As well as your tools, there are also essential parts that you will need to stock so that you can provide your services. Keeping your van stocked up with all common locks, parts, handles and more means you can get jobs sorted there and then, without having to leave the customer waiting while you disappear to purchase parts. This can also help with your reviews once you get up and running!

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to use second-hand parts. But, in good news, anyone who completes a locksmith training course with us at MPL Locksmith Training receives an exclusive discount on all tools and parts from our sister companies MultiPointLocks and Locksmith Tools!

Business Vehicle

It’s up to you what type of vehicle you purchase, but as a locksmith offering services to homes and businesses across your area you will need a suitable vehicle to get around in. Most locksmiths choose to use a van, as they allow you to store all your tools, parts and equipment in one place.

If you’ve already got a van – great! If not, purchasing a brand-new van could set you back between £20,000-30,000. Again, this cost can be reduced massively if you opt for a second-hand van, with prices ranging anywhere from £1,500-10,000. It’s not vital to purchase a van; many of our students find it comfortable to do the job from a regular car that they already have!

Don’t forget, on top of the cost of purchasing a vehicle, you’ll also need to pay for road tax and insurance!

Another cost you may want to consider is branding your business vehicle . This is a great way to passively market your services as you drive around from job to job, so it’s a brilliant investment that will pay for itself in leads. Costs will vary from company to company and also depend on the type of design you choose, but you can expect to spend anywhere from £200-1,000+.


In order for your new locksmith business to succeed, it’s vital that you invest in some form of marketing. Now, this is completely up to you and how much you can or want to invest in it, but there are a range of options you can choose from.

Traditional marketing types like local, free-post community booklets can be rather affordable and will help to get your name out there in the local community. Then there are things like branding to think about, but thanks to the internet you could find a freelancer with low prices and get a logo made for under £50!

Then there’s digital marketing to consider. Nowadays, a newspaper ad isn’t going to have the same reach it did years ago. Instead, you might want to invest in a website or paid ads on Google, for example. Again the prices for these services vary greatly, and you could always give them a go yourself if you’re trying to keep costs low. If this is the case, you could be better off spending your time creating and sharing social media profiles and building up your brand that way, as it’s completely free (apart from paid ads of course).

It really does come down to you and your budget. Some locksmith companies will have minimal marketing budgets and manage their social media accounts themselves, whereas others could be spending thousands of pounds to generate leads. As well as your budget, your marketing costs will also be dependent on the area you’re servicing – more competitive areas, like London, will require a larger investment for success. Don’t worry if this sounds a bit overwhelming, we will cover all of this with you on our 5-day and 3-day courses.

Accreditations & Directories

As well as the accreditations you get from your training course, you might want to consider extras in order to further differentiate you from your competitors. Popular accreditations and directories such as Checkatrade, Yell, TrustATrader, Which, Three Best Rated, etc. offer both free and paid membership opportunities that you can then advertise with.

General Business Expenses

When starting any type of business there are a number of inevitable costs that you will need to consider including business insurance, an accountant, business premises, etc. The prices of these will depend upon your location and a number of other factors, but again you could take measures to minimise these costs. If you’re working by yourself you could work from home to save on renting or purchasing a business location or maybe you know someone who loves doing tax returns!

Starting a Locksmith Business

If you’re serious about starting your own locksmith business we would advise saving up around £5,000+ in order to cover all of the above costs comfortably. But, as we’ve said all along, the cost is affected by a number of factors and you may choose to cut costs in some areas by using cheaper alternatives.

If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to reach out to us over the phone on 01924 693 293 or email the team at [email protected] for more information. For all your locksmith training needs, trust MPL Locksmith Training.

How to Become a Locksmith: Ultimate Guide

One of the oldest professions in the world; locksmiths have been around since the Ancient Egyptian era over 4,000 years ago and they’re still around today helping people to gain access to their properties when they find themselves in a tight spot. As such a valued, historical and important job role, it’s no wonder that people are still looking to enter the industry!

Unfortunately, it’s a career path that often isn’t focused on as much as the other trades. This can leave wannabe locksmiths stuck with plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the qualifications needed, the career paths available, the skills it requires, etc.

So, to help anyone in this position, we’ve put together an Ultimate Guide covering everything you need to know and answering all your questions on How to Become a Locksmith. Let’s get stuck in…

What is a Locksmith?

A locksmith is a professional tradesperson who has the ability to repair, replace, and fit a wide variety of locks. Using a range of techniques, a locksmith will help you to gain access to your property in a non-destructive manner if you find yourself locked out, or you’ve lost your keys, etc.

Why Should You Consider a Career in Locksmithing?

Getting into the locksmith business is a great move for a number of reasons! Essentially if you’re looking for a trade that doesn’t require years and years of learning and training, yet still provides ample work opportunities, flexibility and a pretty good salary then locksmithing is the ideal career choice for you. Discover some of the biggest benefits to beginning your career as a locksmith below.

Always in Demand

As previously mentioned, locksmiths have been around for thousands of years. Surviving through major world events and economical crises, the services that a locksmith provides are always going to be essential. So long as there are locks – there will always be locksmiths!

You can rest assured, regardless of the time of year or even the economic state of the UK, that there’s somebody out there who needs the help of a professional locksmith. It couldn’t be further from a dying trade, with the number of people who use a locksmith increasing year on year.

The continued demand for locksmiths stems from both domestic and commercial customers. Homeowners who have locked themselves out, lost their keys, suffered a burglary, or moved house all require the helping hand of a locksmith. Plus, landlords often use the services of a local locksmith to change the locks for new tenants. Commercial customers in office spaces, shops, hotels and more, often rely on a locksmith to help keep their sites secure and gain access where necessary.

So, unless you’re based in the middle of nowhere, you can rest assured knowing that your locksmith services will always be in demand and therefore your job is secure.

Flexible Working

Compared to other roles with fixed working hours, locksmiths benefit from an increased level of flexibility in their jobs. You can still expect to be working full-time with roughly 40 hours a week, but these hours can be spread across evenings and even weekends where suitable. Most locksmiths are able to choose their own working hours, and because most locksmith businesses offer 24-hour services you’ve got plenty of opportunities to distribute your 40 hours across.

This flexibility is often one of the biggest reasons why individuals decide to make the transition into locksmithing. A career in this industry provides you with a better work/life balance than most others, meaning you can work a full-time job around the most important things in your life and any other obligations you have!

Every Day is Different

If you’ve found that working in a corporate environment and carrying out the same tasks every day just isn’t for you, then moving to a career in locksmithing could be perfect! Because of the nature of the job, you’ll be assisting everyone and anyone who calls looking for your help.

The job of a locksmith can take you to new places and allow you to meet new people from all walks of life. Any time a customer calls, they could be suffering from a wide range of issues meaning you’ll never know what to expect. Because of this, no two days are the same; keeping you on your toes and interested in the work you’re doing for years to come.

How to Become a Locksmith

Convinced? We thought so! So how can you become a locksmith?

As there are no legal requirements involved in becoming a locksmith, there isn’t just one route you can go down. There are different paths that aspiring locksmiths can take in order to help them develop the skills and knowledge they require to carry out the role successfully – which is great as there are essentially no boundaries in place to stop anyone from becoming a locksmith!

Training Courses

Probably the most popular way of becoming a locksmith is to complete a Locksmith Training Course. Here at MPL, we provide locksmith training courses in a variety of formats to suit all requirements and levels of knowledge, including a 5-Day Locksmith Training Course.

In these courses, we cover everything you need to know in order to go out into the real world and offer your services to the public, including all sorts of locks you’re likely to encounter, the tools and equipment you’ll be using day-to-day, and methods for both destructive and non-destructive entry.

Of course, you can’t beat the real-world experience you’ll gain on the job, but completing a training course delivered by experienced and fully accredited locksmiths will ensure you have the knowledge and skills to get the job done, and a base to build upon.

Career Path & Progression for Locksmiths

Before attending a training course you’ll want to know if there’s any room for progression in the career of a locksmith. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of opportunities for growth and progression in the industry!

Once you’ve completed your basic training, there are tonnes of advanced training courses you can complete to further develop your knowledge and practical skills, including:

These additional courses are a great way to brush up on your skills and understand new techniques and technologies that emerge over the years. Plus, you might find you want to specialise in a particular area – i.e. auto locksmith services or access control.

Not all locksmiths will offer these specialist services, so it’s a great way for you to find your niche and fill a gap in the market!

Starting Your Own Locksmith Business

Upon completing their essential training, many locksmiths bite the bullet and go straight into creating their own businesses. While it can be challenging to start with, many of our trainees have gone on to experience huge levels of success with their business ventures – so it’s definitely possible!

Locksmith start-up costs are relatively low compared to other trades, you get to be your own boss and create a company you believe in, and you’ll likely earn more than you would working for another company (at least to begin with). Take Mehmet, a previous student of ours who completed our 5-day training course and went on to create a successful locksmith business; achieving a turnover of £60,000 in just his first year! Watch his story here.

Make sure to do your research before you get stuck in though; take a look at your competition in the local area and discover the services they offer. For more advice on starting your own locksmith business, check out our helpful article: How to Become Self-Employed After Your Locksmith Course.

Working for a Local Locksmith Company

If the thought of setting up your own business seems a little daunting, then there’s always the option of working for a local company. This is another common route for people entering the industry, as it removes the risks involved in starting a business while allowing you to gain real-world experience and learn from an experienced locksmith in the process.

Most local locksmith businesses are rather small in terms of team size, so it’s always handy if you already know someone in the industry who’s looking for an extra pair of hands! Once you’ve completed your locksmith course, reach out to locksmith companies in your area to see if they are looking to take on another member of staff.

Working as a Subcontractor for a National Locksmith Business

Lots of national locksmith companies looking to expand into new areas will look to employ trained locksmiths as sub-contractors, where you’ll be carrying out the services they offer in your local area under their name. This career path comes with its pros and cons…

For example, there are minimal risks involved and you’ll be subcontracted to a well-known company either locally or on a national scale. However, in some cases, pay tends to be lower than those working for themselves. Subcontractor work can vary from working for national locksmith companies who sub work out in all areas of the UK to obtaining work from your local estate agent, for example.

The locksmith career path you end up following will ultimately be down to you and what you’re looking for in a job, but it’s great to know that there are multiple avenues you could venture down after completing your training. We always recommend getting a good mix of subcontract work, as well as covering your own private work to gain valuable experience.

What is the Average Locksmith’s Salary?

The answer to this question will depend upon the route you go down, i.e whether you’ve started your own business or you’re working for someone else. Typically working for yourself offers the biggest benefits salary-wise, which is why most of our students choose this option.

Your yearly wage will also depend upon experience, whether or not you offer any specialist services and if you go down the self-employed route or you’re employed by a company, so it’s hard to say. A number of our previous students have gone on to take on their own staff – a great way to increase turnover and profits, thereby increasing your yearly salary.

Another factor involved in a locksmith’s salary is the area you’re based in. Different parts of the county will have different material costs, as well as labour charges, so you could be making more than the average locksmith if you’re in a particularly affluent or busy area.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Locksmith?

As previously mentioned, entering the locksmith industry is considerably cheaper than most other trades. However, there are some costs involved that you simply can’t avoid.

The main costs involved in becoming a locksmith are:

  • Purchasing a locksmith training course
  • Buying essential tools
  • Purchasing stock and equipment – i.e. replacement locks and parts
  • Buying, running and maintaining a work van

Here at MPL Locksmith Training, we work hard to keep prices low which allows us to offer affordable locksmith training courses to all. Plus, we also offer exclusive discounts on all tools and products from the MultiPointLocks shop to help you get started.

What Hours do Locksmiths Work?

Most locksmith businesses operate a 24-hour working day, as people require locksmith services at all times of the day and night. Because of this, you can expect to work evenings, weekends, and even nights; however, this will depend on how many people are in your team and the hours they can work.

Unless they want to work part-time, most locksmiths will work full-time. But it’s important to remember that it’s a reactive market and so your shift patterns will naturally vary due to demand. This is a positive for many as you can work around yourself and your other commitments.

What Qualifications do I Need to Become a Locksmith?

While there are no specific qualifications you must hold in order to practise as a locksmith, it’s vital to complete a fully accredited locksmith training course. Not only will this allow you to develop the knowledge and practical skills to offer locksmith services to your customers, but you’ll also be able to market yourself as fully accredited by a recognised body. We offer a 5-day Specialist Locksmith Training Course that is City & Guilds accredited; upon completion, you’ll receive a City & Guilds certification, an NCFE Level 3 Accreditation and an MPL Certificate!

What Makes a Good Locksmith?

Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to begin your career as a locksmith? While anyone can carry out a locksmith training course and become a locksmith, it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll succeed in the industry. For example, you might have the technical skills and knowledge to change a lock but if you can’t talk to customers then maybe a career in locksmithing isn’t for you.

The following skills and qualities are all particularly useful for an aspiring locksmith to have:

  • Patience
  • Eye for detail
  • Problem solving
  • Honest and respectful
  • Empathy
  • Customer service
  • Valid UK Driving License
  • Willing to market your company

If this sounds like you – great! If not, then you’ve got some areas to improve upon before starting your locksmithing career. Don’t forget, a lot of this will improve with experience and time, so don’t feel disheartened. These are simply qualities that we’ve found are pretty consistent across all the candidates we’ve trained who have gone on to have a long and successful career in locksmithing.

Start Your Locksmith Career

For all your Locksmith Training needs, you can trust MPL Locksmith Training. Book your course now to get started, or contact us today with any questions we’ve left unanswered and a member of the team will be happy to help!

Why Advise Customers On Home Security?

When it comes to learning how to grow your business as a locksmith, there’s a great deal to be said for customer experience. How a customer experiences you and your company can be the difference between a good review, no review, or even worse – a bad one.

Our locksmith course prepares you for the practical elements of the trade, as well as touching on running a business, getting your tools and stock set up, and even how to market your services for success. But the rest is up to you if you want to establish a good reputation. We believe it’s important to advise your customers as best you can, and this includes providing a bit of free guidance on home security.

Here are the reasons every good locksmith should provide free advice to their customers:

Gain trust and respect

The first reason to freely offer advice to customers is to create a level of trust between you. By helping customers with tips and advice on how to secure their home, you are showing that you care. What you’ll learn during your locksmith training is that interpersonal skills matter just as much as your technical skills – and the first step to fostering a connection is to build trust and respect.

Build a long-term relationship

One of the most important advantages of being a good advisor is the opportunity to enjoy long-lasting relationships with customers. By giving away a bit of free advice and ensuring you are helpful, personable and friendly, you can boost customer loyalty. This will increase your chances of getting repeat business from the same customers in the future – or at least a recommendation or referral to friends and family who are also seeking the services you offer.

This can be particularly beneficial when providing locksmith services to commercial businesses, as they are more likely to require your services on a regular basis.

Show your expertise

Knowing how to grow your business starts with having the right skills and this is where our industry-leading locksmith training comes in. We cover a range of locksmith courses, including our fully comprehensive locksmith training programme, lock installation, advanced lock picking, auto locksmith training, and specialist uPVC repair. Our courses arm you with expertise, but how do you showcase this to every customer?

By providing a free home security check or survey, you can establish yourself as a home security / anti-snap lock expert, giving you the edge over your competitors.

Encourage future business

A free home security check can often lead to a high-security lock upgrade or other services you provide. Even if a customer doesn’t hire you immediately, your company will likely stay front of mind for when they are ready to commit.

Not all advice has to be free…

Finally, if you don’t want to give away your time for free, it’s possible to provide advice but still charge for more comprehensive property surveys. But in our experience, a free survey of someone’s property often does lead to more sales, and more importantly, it uses a soft marketing approach to attract customers to you (meaning no hard sell). Not only does this lead to more business, but it can help with retention and loyalty because people trust you and don’t feel pressured into paying for a service.

Want to find out more about the MPL locksmith courses? Our high-quality locksmith training is suitable for people of all backgrounds and education levels, and we have courses that are certified by City & Guilds and the NCFE. Get in touch using our online contact form to find out more.