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Locksmith

Install, adjust, repair and replace locks and security devices.

What's it like to be a Locksmith?

Locksmiths install, adjust, repair and replace locks and associated security devices and systems for residential, automotive and commercial customers.

Locksmith

Tasks and duties

  • Evaluating security requirements for customers, which includes installing, making and repairing keys and changing locks, conducting security audits and installing security systems.
  • Repairing, replacing or amending faulty or damaged mechanisms in a variety of items, including locks, doors, safes, filing cabinets and security systems.
  • Recommending alarm and security systems, fitting screen doors and providing home security advice.
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Security firms typically employ Locksmiths, however some Locksmiths are self-employed. They tend to be individuals with excellent hand-eye coordination, attention to detail and enjoy problem solving.

Due to the nature of the work, Locksmiths may need to be available to work on weekends, on call and after hours.

What can I earn as a Locksmith?

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How to become a Locksmith


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To work as a trade qualified Locksmith in Australia, you must undertake and complete an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship, which are available under Australian Government schemes. The programs consist of a combination of theoretical and practical experiences.

  1. Locate an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee.
  2. Once you have secured an apprenticeship or traineeship, your employer will contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) to organise the required agreements and training components.
  3. Undertake your theoretical qualification – this is typically a Certificate III in Locksmithing (MEM30805).

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Certificate III in Locksmithing

This qualification will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge needed to work in the locksmithing industry.

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How do Locksmiths rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 10 Locksmiths surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
4.1
Pay / Salary
2.9
Variety of work
4.7

Job market trends for Locksmiths
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
1.4%
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Latest Locksmith reviews

Latest reviews from 10 Locksmiths surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Sometimes it can suck, but it’s always rewarding to make a customer smile
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Locksmithing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Security specialist
The good things
Always something new to try, always a challenge ahead.
The challenges
Having to ensure that a customers property/valuables will be safe and secure at the end of each day
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Oct 2018
Locksmithing has its perks
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Locksmithing
The good things
You get to meet all different people from all walks of life, while helping them you can hear snippets of their lives. I love talking to the customers about their day, whether it is good or bad, they s...
The challenges
You will generally have a roster for being "on call" which is mostly a week at a time where you can get a job/jobs at any time from finishing work at the end of the day to leaving to go to work the fo...
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