Today's locksmiths go well beyond locks and keys, drawing their business from a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, government or automotive. As such, the tasks of a locksmith will vary greatly from day-to-day.
Becoming a locksmith
The path to becoming a trade qualified locksmith is via an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship which are available under Australian Government schemes.
Both programs offer a flexible program whereby students can combine on-the-job paid work at their workplace with training and theory in the classroom.
These programs are also available to mature age students and:
- provide a career pathway from school to work or from one career to another;
- lead to nationally recognised qualifications and skills;
- involve paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both;
- recognise existing skills and prior experience which can potentially reduce the usual amount of formal training;
- offer a range of financial incentives to students and their employers.
The first step is to find an employer willing to employ an apprentice or trainee.
This can be done by contacting local locksmiths directly, registering with a number of employment agencies or by visiting Centrelink. Checking the employment section of local newspapers is also recommended.
The next step is for the employer to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) to organise the required agreements and training components.
The TAFE sector offers the following certificate and/or diploma courses in locksmithing:
|QLD||Skills Tech||Certificate III In Locksmithing||http://www.skillstech.tafe.qld.gov.au/|
|NSW||Sydney Institute of TAFE||Certificate III In Locksmithing||http://www.sit.nsw.edu.au/|
|VIC||NMIT||Certificate III In Locksmithing||http://www.nmit.vic.edu.au/|
|WA||Challenger TAFE||Certificate III In Locksmithing||http://www.challenger.wa.edu.au/|
* Specialised locksmithing training is not provided by the TAFE sector in South Australia, Tasmania, Canberra, Darwin, regional Australia or New Zealand.
Students in these locations are therefore obliged to attend the TAFE college nearest to them and in such cases travel and living-away-from home subsidies are available (applies to Australian apprentices only).
New Zealand apprentices no longer attend NMIT (Heidelberg - Victoria) for a 3-week block training session in their first year of studies and again in the second year. Since 2013 all block course training is now carried out in New Zealand (Albany). The block course training is typically in Yr2 and Yr3 of the apprenticeship. For more information, please contact Steve Brooks at Competenz.
Support for Australian Apprentices
The Australian Government recognises that apprentices are one of the nation's most valuable resources and supports them through a range of financial and other incentives.
- Training Vouchers - valued at up to $500 and available to eligible first and second year apprentices in a skills shortage trade;
- Apprentice Wage Top-Up - Australian Apprentices who are aged under 30 when they commence their apprenticeship, and are in their first or second year of a Certificate III or IV course in a trade experiencing a skills shortage, may be eligible for tax-free payments of $2,000 payable in for $5oo instalments;
- Financial support for mid-career students aged 30 years or more to upgrade their skills through an apprenticeship in a trade experiencing a skills shortage;
- An $800 Tool Allowance is available to apprentices in trades experiencing skills shortages.
- Living-away-from Home Allowances
- Rural and Regional incentives.
Full details of these incentives and how to apply for them are available at:
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
What is recognition?
Recognition including recognition of prior learning (RPL), is a process for giving candidates credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning.
It can be gained at any stage of their lives, through formal and informal learning, in Australia or overseas, through work or other activities such as volunteering.
If you've been in the industry for a significant period and do not have an 'official' locksmith trade qualification, you can go through the RPL process and obtain a trade qualification.
Please contact your local TAFE institutes for further information.
New Zealand - Assessment of Prior Learning
Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is a process that says experience does count when it comes to gaining a trade qualification.
APL is especially for mature learners who missed out on gaining their trade qualification when they were younger, and it can also help people skilled in more than one trade or who trained outside of New Zealand to get accredited.
By demonstrating knowledge to us through assessment, an employee within the mechanical engineering industry can gain a National Certificate in Locksmithing.
See more information on the Competenz website.
MEGT Group Training is a supplier of apprentices and trainees to members of the Master Locksmiths Association.
MEGT will assist businesses and those interested in the trade in obtaining an apprenticeship.
Employers looking to take on an apprentice, please click the image below.