Locksmith & Home Security Technician

Online Locksmith Training Course

If you’re looking for a career that you can train for from home, Penn Foster’s online Locksmith and Home Security Technician Training can help you take the first steps. With flexible online classes, you can build industry knowledge at your own pace.

  • Benefit from practical exercises and interactive graded assignments.
  • Learn about key making, electronic safety, and learn how to work with several types of locks, including automobile locks, safes, and vaults.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Save up to $190 Ends 6/25/2024

Cost of Program


$1,089 Save $190


$59/month, Start for as low as $20

1-800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM ET)

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to identify roles and career opportunities for locksmiths and home security technicians.
  2. How to identify, create, and duplicate keys.
  3. How to differentiate types of locks, and the common methods and tools used to open locks without keys.
  4. How to recognize the components of a common mechanical safe lock and the procedures used to dial open, service, and change combinations.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Locksmith Career Outcomes

Locksmiths and safe repairers





Our online Locksmith and Home Security Technician Training Program is designed with career readiness in mind. Through interactive lessons, simulations, and how-to videos, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for a career as a locksmith or home security professional.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Penn Foster has determined that the curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in Virginia. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Requirements may vary for Locksmith professionals based on location. Penn Foster Career School recommends you check with the appropriate agency in your area for specific requirements.

Locksmith Training Curriculum

  • 19 exams
  • 2 projects
  • 6 courses

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 2 months
  • Average time = 5 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

In Penn Foster's online Locksmith and Home Security Tech Training Program, you'll learn the skills and knowledge essential to prepare for an entry-level job through interactive animations, simulations, and videos. The program is self-paced, meaning you can learn on your own schedule from home. Your online courses include:

  • Introduction to Keys
  • Locks and Key Mastering
  • Fundamentals of Home Security
  • Home Security Wiring


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Locksmith Student Success Stories

Graduates from our online skilled trades courses, including the Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma, have started new careers or advanced in their current roles. Learn more from their experiences.
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Kaitlyn M.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“The classes were great and taught me everything I needed. The course home page is easy to navigate and the personal study plan is helpful when trying to achieve goals.”

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Locksmith Training Tuition

Our online Locksmith Training tuition is designed to fit your budget. With affordable payment plan options, you can get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $190 Ends 6/25/2024

Cost of Program


$1,089 Save $190

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Cost of Program


  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $20 down
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payments
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Our Proven Skilled Trades Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Presentations and animations
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Peer support


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Locksmith Training Program FAQs

How do you become a locksmith?

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

What is the average hourly wage of a locksmith?

Locksmiths working in the field have an average pay of $24.14 per hour, as of 2022.* Depending on where you work and whether you’re an on-call locksmith, you can potentially earn more per hour.

What does a locksmith do on a daily basis?

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

What industry can I work in as a locksmith?

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.

What are the typical requirements to become a locksmith?

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.