Locksmithing Terminology
– A lock secures buildings, rooms, cabinets, objects, or storage facilities.
– A smith is a metalworker who shapes metal pieces into useful objects.
– Locksmithing is the assembly and designing of locks and keys by hand.
– Locksmiths use automatic and manual cutting tools to mold keys.
– Power tools are used by locksmiths and are powered by battery or mains electricity.

Locksmith Work
– Locks have been constructed for over 2500 years, initially out of wood and later out of metal.
– Locksmiths would make the entire lock, working for hours hand cutting screws and doing file-work.
– Lock designs became more complicated in the 18th century.
– Locksmiths today are primarily involved in the installation of high-quality lock-sets.
– Locksmiths are also involved in the design and management of keying and key control systems.

Locksmith Specializations
– Many locksmiths do electronic lock servicing, such as making smart keys for vehicles.
– Locksmiths implement and apply access control systems for large institutions.
– Some locksmiths specialize in auto locksmithing.
– Others specialize in safes.
– Locksmiths also provide services for transponder-equipped vehicles.

Regulation by Country
– Prospective locksmiths in Australia must take a TAFE course in locksmithing.
– Completion of the course leads to issuance of a Level 3 Australian Qualifications Framework certificate.
– Apprenticeships can last one to four years.
– Course requirements vary by state or territory.
– Criminal records check is required for locksmiths in Australia.

– Licensing for locksmiths was introduced in Ireland in 2016.
– Locksmiths in Ireland must obtain a Private Security Authority license.
– The Irish Locksmith Organisation provides ongoing training for its members.
– Training ensures members are up-to-date with knowledge and skills.
– There are 50 members in the Irish Locksmith Organisation.

Licensing Requirements and Employment
Licensing Requirements:
– Submit training certifications and other data
– Pay initial license fee and annual renewal fees
– Keep license on person at all times
– Notify state of any employees operating under the owner’s locksmith license
– Apprentices must be licensed under an apprentice license and may not perform certain services without direct supervision

– Locksmiths may be commercial, mobile, institutional, or investigatory
– Specialize in automotive locks, master key systems, or safe technology
– Many locksmiths are also security consultants
– Certifications from manufacturers or locksmith associations are more valid than training course certificates
– Work on various door hardware, not just locking mechanismsSources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locksmith