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LocksmithAlternative titles

Kaimahi Raka

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.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Entry requirements

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.

Secondary education

Useful subjects include NCEA Level 2 English, maths, workshop technology and computing.

Personal requirements

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

Useful experience for locksmiths includes:

  • basic engineering and mechanical workshop skills
  • basic welding
  • metalwork, woodwork and carpentry
  • work with electronic equipment.

Physical requirements

Locksmiths need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

0800 526 1800 - info@competenz.org.nz - www.competenz.org.nz


years of training required

Jeremy Smith trying to open a safe

Locksmiths need to be careful and patient in their work

Updated 24 Sep 2014