Locksmiths offer a vital service to their customers providing security of their homes, businesses and assets and the peace of mind that comes with a professionally completed installation.

Careers information

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What do they do?

Locksmiths provide security for homes, businesses and other assets. Locksmiths secure premises and provide security advice as well as open jammed or broken locks, make replacement keys, unlock vehicles, buildings or safes and help law enforcement agencies with evictions, repossessions, search warrants and forensic investigations.

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A typical day

Sometimes an eight-hour day; sometimes on shift work rosters or on call.

Work can include discussing clients' security needs through to replacing lost keys or cracking a safe. Typically, you travel to the client's location so you're often on the move. Your clients could be private owners or law enforcement agencies depending on the company.

You may also be involved in providing security advice, for example, alarm systems.

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How do you become a locksmith?

You train through an on-the-job apprenticeship to become a locksmith and you will learn a whole range of skills with different electives available in your final year.

     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Confidence in IT, computers, technology
  • Good at problem solving/creative
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Lots of ifferent places every day

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:


  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Locksmith
  • Specialist Locksmith
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsApprenticeshipHigher learningHigher learning
Gateway programme available