ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade
Locksmiths inspect, repair, adjust and install locks and cut keys. They must inspect, test and repair mechanical parts, install door and frame components, change lock combinations, respond to emergencies, and service safes and vaults in a variety of residential, automotive, commercial and institutional locations. They use a variety of hand tools including metal saws, files, drills, welding and soldering equipment.
Locksmiths must also consult manufacturers’ manuals and specifications, instruct customers on the use of electronic security systems and prepare cost estimates and invoices. Locksmiths generally work for car dealerships, emergency rescue companies, retail shops and hardware stores, construction firms, security and locksmithing companies, or they may be self-employed.
Related occupations include Gunsmith, Security Guard, Machinist, Facilities Maintenance Technician and Security Systems Technician.
Education, Training, Experience and Skills Required:
- Grade 12 education or ministry-approved equivalent
- Completion of a three to four year apprenticeship program
- Recommended high school courses include: English, mathematics, manufacturing technology
- To be successful, you should have good communication skills, analytical and problem-solving skills and be mechanically inclined. You should have good manual dexterity, enjoy working with new technologies, and work well independently. Because you are in a position of trust, you must be an honest person with no criminal record.
How to get Apprentice Certification:
- Complete a three to four year apprenticeship program
- Complete the terms of the Apprenticeship Contract to receive Certificate of Apprenticeship
- There is NO Certificate of Qualification or Interprovincial (Red Seal) Trade Certification available
Range from $11 to $19 per hour