This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Master Locksmith
- Security Consultant
Locksmiths maintain, repair, install and replace locks, keys, safes and locking devices in businesses, private homes, building sites and vehicles.
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To become a locksmith you need to complete a three-year apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Locksmithing (Level 4).
Competenz, an industry training organisation, oversees locksmith apprenticeships.
Locksmiths must not have any criminal convictions that have a term of imprisonment attached. A security guard licence may be required and it is helpful to have a driver's licence.
- Competenz website - information about the National Certificate in Locksmithing
- Competenz website - information about apprenticeships
Useful subjects include NCEA Level 2 English, maths, workshop technology and computing.
Locksmiths need to be:
- careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
- thorough and efficient
- honest and reliable
- good at problem-solving, with the ability to think laterally
- able to work alone and unsupervised.
Useful experience for locksmiths includes:
- basic engineering and mechanical workshop skills
- basic welding
- metalwork, woodwork and carpentry
- work with electronic equipment.
Locksmiths need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).
View information on courses in the course database
Find out more about training
- 0800 526 1800 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.competenz.org.nz
years of training required
Updated 24 Sep 2014