Locksmiths offer a vital service to their customers providing security of their homes, businesses and assets and the peace of mind that comes with a professionally completed installation.

Career information


What does it involve?

Locksmiths offer a vital service providing security for homes, businesses and assets.

Locksmiths are called on to secure premises and provide security advice as well as open jammed or broken locks, make replacement keys, unlock vehicles, buildings or safes.

They will also help law enforcement agencies with evictions, repossessions, search warrants and forensic investigations.

Locksmiths have knowledge of:

  • master keying, key making and key cutting;
  • different lock types, safes and locking mechanisms;
  • lock repair methods and locksmith workshop equipment;
  • security alarm systems.

Typical day

Sometimes an 8-hour day; sometimes on shift work rosters or on call.

Work can include discussing clients’ security needs through to replacing lost keys or cracking a safe. Typically, you travel to the client’s location so you’re often on the move.

Your clients could be private owners or law enforcement agencies depending on the company.

You may also be involved in providing broader security measure advice (e.g. alarm systems).

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Does this sound like you?
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management.
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative.
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things.
  • Inside (retail or shop)
  • Lots of different places every day.
Career pathway

Unit standards in schools

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English.

Gateway programme available


  • Locksmith

Higher learning

  • Specialist Locksmith
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor.

Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.

How much could I earn?

  • 3 – 5 years experience

    $52k - $60.3k