Pursue a Career as a Locksmith and Home Security Technician

Learn how to become a Locksmith and Home Security Technician through Penn Foster Career School's Locksmith & Home Security Technician training program. Our program provides practical exercises and hands-on learning with a Cutaway Lock Simulation so that you can begin your journey into becoming a professional locksmith.

Why become a Professional Locksmith and Home Security Technician?

You can complete Penn Foster Career School’s online Locksmith & Home Security Technician training program at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home — in as little as two months! You’ll learn about key making, electronic security, and learn how to work with several types of locks, including automobile locks, safes, and vaults. Our program also covers the fundamentals of home security including lessons on access control systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), detections systems and system management software.
Why become a Professional Locksmith?
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Locksmithing Course Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Professional Locksmith & Home Security Technician training program you’ll learn about duplicating keys, the methods of opening locks without keys, as well as installing door locks, security devices, safes, vaults, and panic hardware. Additionally, you'll cover Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), recording and detection systems, and system management software. And, with the help of our interactive lock simulation, which is included with your program, you'll be able to prepare for your new career with confidence.
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Penn Foster has given me knowledge in what areas to focus on in the locksmithing trade.
Ned B.
Professional Locksmithing Graduate
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What is the Salary for a Locksmith or Home Security Technician?

Enrolling in our online Professional Locksmith & Home Security Technician program can be the first step toward securing a rewarding career. Locksmith and home security training will help you discover the details the details of how identify locks, recognize keys, create new keys, and open locks without keys. You will also learn about security systems that secure our families. How much can a locksmith or home security technician make per year? The median annual locksmith salary is $41,940.¹


Q. How do you become a locksmith?

A. Locksmiths generally have a high school diploma or equivalency and have completed vocational training in the field. From there, you can work for an established company or start your own business in your area.

Q. What is the average hourly wage of a locksmith?

A. Locksmiths working in the field have an average pay of $21.16 per hour, as of 2019. Depending on where you work and whether you’re an on-call locksmith, you can potentially earn more per hour.

Q. What does a locksmith do on a daily basis?

A. Locksmiths make and repair keys, take service calls and perform repairs as needed, install and maintain electronic home security systems, and more.

Q. What industry can I work in as a locksmith?

A. Many locksmiths find work in a local shop or open their own locksmith business. However, skilled locksmiths and home security technicians also work for schools, local government, hospitals, security service companies, or any business that has locks or the need for facilities support professionals.

Q. What are the typical requirements to become a locksmith?

A. To become a locksmith, you’ll typically be required to complete at least entry-level education and long-term on the job training. Many locksmiths learn the foundational knowledge needed for the field through a combination of post-secondary education and hands-on training.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, Locksmiths and Safe Repairers, May 2019. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.