Below, you’ll find some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question which you cannot find an answer to below, please do not hesitate to call us on 01924 693293 and we’ll be more than happy to help.
(Q) How can I become a locksmith?
(A) So long as you have the desire and a practical mind, you can be successful as a locksmith. Working as a locksmith isn’t just about your initial training but in the continuation of your learning and the development of your skills. Many of our students go on to build a thriving locksmith business and do very well from it. We usually find that the success of these businesses comes from 3 main factors:
– the quality of the initial locksmith training
MPL Locksmith Training ensure that each and every student who attends our locksmith training courses is 100% satisfied and that they receive only the highest level of training. Our course director personally ensures that each and every student who leaves our training centre has the confidence, skills and knowledge to carry out their first jobs. Our course has been developed over a long period of time and is continually updated and modified to reflect changing skill requirements.
– the desire and ability to generate the work for yourself
We will always endeavour to provide work to students from our courses should it become available in their area however we always place an emphasis on the importance of marketing your business in order to generate your own work. We know from experience that those who put in the time and effort reap the rewards. Part of our courses focusses upon marketing your business, much of which has been learned through our years of experience in the industry.
– your attitude and commitment to work
As a locksmith, you’ve got the great advantage of being your own boss but it does mean you need to be on call 24 hours a day. Attending jobs at 2am can make a huge difference to your business and not only showcases your commitment and professionalism but it’s also important to understand that they can be very profitable. Customers will often pay over £100 for labour on such jobs and it often also leads to further work.
(Q) Do I need any qualifications to train as a locksmith?
(A) Whilst you don’t need any qualifications to train, you need a desire and a commitment to learn. It always helps if you come from a manual job or background and that you’re used to working with the tools you’ll need. If, however, you aren’t familiar with the tools and manual work, we suggest you undertake our 5 day course as this will give you extra time and help you may need.
(Q) What about tools, after I have completed the training?
(A) Whilst you’re undertaking your training, you’ll be using state of the art tools which are brand new on the market and make the job twice as easy. We offer a range of tool sets and packs to get you set up and are able to offer a great range at a great price for those who have completed the course. Students often jump at this chance and we encourage you to do so to ensure you get the right tools for the trade.
(Q) Where can I buy stock from after I have completed the training?
(A) MPL have a large trade counter as well as offering next day delivery on all parts to ensure you can purchase your stock easily and efficiently. We offer fantastic trade pricing across our product range and are always in hand should you need to identify a lock or need product recommendations.
(Q) How big are the training classes?
(A) We have a maximum of 6 students in each class (4 in our auto course) to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need, and achieves the best from the course that they choose.
(Q) Do you have to have a license to operate as a locksmith in the UK?
(A) There are currently no requirements in the UK for licensing through the government or other authorities to operate as a locksmith – although this may possibly change in the years to come.
(Q) How often do your training courses run?
(A) Our training courses run every week subject to availability and we can usually find dates to accommodate our student’s needs.
(Q) Why should I choose MPL’s Locksmith Training Course over others on the market?
(A) We honestly believe we represent the best value course in terms of value, knowledge, skills and long term support. For more reasons have a look at the other section titled “Why MPL?”
(Q) What is your policy on payments and refunds?
(A) We have never once been asked for a refund for one of our locksmith training courses – if there’s something you’re not sure about, we make sure we cover this before you leave the training centre. We try to make sure no student leaves the training centre unless they are 100% happy.
When booking the course we will always try and book dates to accommodate your requirements. Once you have confirmed these dates, your place is guaranteed and you should make every effort to ensure that you keep these dates available. We only take a small deposit payment to secure your dates – the remainder is payable upon attending the course. Unfortunately we are unable to refund deposit payments as a result of someone changing their mind, or going on holiday. We will where possible offer alternative course dates should a student need to change. However should a student need to cancel their place due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, we will always try to be as accommodating as possible.
(Q) When I am qualified do I go self employed or on my own?
(A) The majority of people will go down the self employed route, the majority of work comes in on a sub contract or self employed basis.
(Q) Where can I get work from?
(A) There are many different sources where you can obtain work from. Apart from building your own private work (a topic covered in the marketing section of our training courses), you can approach letting agents, estate agents, police forces and national locksmith companies who sub contract work out, as well as other relevant business. There is still a large market and opportunity in repair work from residential customers, and also the work that comes from advertising security upgrades.
What jobs would I come across and advertise as part of my services? Gaining access, locks changes, burglary repairs, security upgrades, window and door repairs, replacing mechanisms and boarding up are the main things you will come across as a locksmith.
(Q) Where to advertise?
(A) Our courses have a whole section dedicated to marketing and business aspects of your business. During this our trainers will talk about the most cost effective and successful ways to market your business through tried and tested methods.
(Q) Do I have to be a member of any organisations?
(A) No, these organisations tend to be private Ltd companies who are attempting to charge for membership. It is not compulsory to be a member; at the time of writing there are no governing bodies in this industry in the UK.
(Q) Is there any technical support on offer for locksmiths?
(A) Anyone who is trained through MPL are eligible to access the 24 hour technical support helpline that MPL provide within our course prices.
(Q) Do I need a DBS check to be a locksmith?
It’s not required by law, but we highly recommend completing a DBS check to everyone who completes a course with us at MPL Locksmith Training. For more information, please read our guide to DBS checks.