How to become a Locksmith

Locksmiths install, sell, test and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.

Personal requirements of a Locksmith

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to lift heavy items
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Patient and tactful when dealing with customers
  • Good vision and hearing
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Education & Training for a Locksmith

To become a locksmith you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,204

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 25.5%

NT 1.2%

QLD 19.1%

SA 4.7%

TAS 3%

VIC 21%

WA 22.9%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 92.5%

Female 7.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 14.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 64.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 20.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 22.4%

Above 35 years: 72.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
In some states and territories, locksmiths who install security equipment must undergo a National Police Check. Locksmiths working with security equipment may also be required to obtain a licence, or work under someone with a licence, issued by the police department or relevant regulatory body in their state or territory. Membership of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia and Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia is available to anyone interested in this industry.
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