The Keys to Becoming a Multi Locksmith Being multi talented doubles your opportunities, benefits and choices. Be a multi locksmith today. Qualifications and Training The Master Locksmith Association (MLA) certifies master locksmiths through a series of accreditation processes, particularly a four part exam covering written and hands on aspects. However, before becoming a Master, a locksmith should learn the ropes before doing anything more sophisticated. Locksmiths must undergo and pass three exams and qualifications (see below) offered by the British Locksmiths Institute (BLI), which is a subsidiary of the MLA. The MLA is the primary trade body for locksmiths in the country and though they have no regulatory role, they are widely recognized by the Home Office, the British Standards Institute, the police and the Association of British Insurers. If you want to become a multi locksmith, you will encounter the MLA at some point as their qualifications are also recognized throughout the locksmithing industry. To take up one of the BLI courses, you should start out as a student member. You will need to pass a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and supply references. Classes are usually held at MLA's headquarters in Daventry, Northamptonshire. You may visit the MLA website for more details. You may be able to start as a trainee or an apprentice with a local locksmith company. Unlike years ago, there are no longer any formal apprenticeships in locksmithing, so may have to contact a renowned locksmith to see if he is willing to guide you on. You may check the 'Find a Locksmith' database on the MLA website for details of locksmiths near your location. Or make use of search engines and apply location-‐specific keywords such as locksmith Sutton or locksmith Epsom.
Locksmith Salary Apprentices or trainees can earn around £13,000 annually. With some career experience under your belt, you can earn from £14,000 to £25,000 or more. A multi talented Master Locksmith can earn much more than that. Hours and conditions In most cases, locksmiths work around 40 hours a week, which would include evenings and weekends. Night calls, which can run until the wee hours of the morning, are particularly very common for locksmith companies that offer 24 hour emergency callout services Locksmiths are sometimes based in a shop, probably cutting keys and selling locks and a variety of other security devices, but most locksmiths also, or even solely, visit customers on site, for instance to fix or install a lock, or aid someone who is locked out. Always keep in mind that though some of your work will be done indoors, you will also have to work outside in all kinds of weather. Skills and knowledge Locksmiths deal with other materials other than keys and locks, for that reason, carpentry skills will be of great use. Locksmiths may also find engineering and electrical skills equally beneficial. A multi locksmith may also need the following: • • • • • •
Exceptional practical skills Exceptional communication and customer–satisfaction skills A remarkable patient approach, with the dexterity to give attention to detail Carpentry and metalwork skills Problem solving skills A high interest in electronic and mechanical devices