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.

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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.

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).

How could I get into the industry

Locksmiths need to 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.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • 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/shop/etc...)
  • Lots of different places every day

How much could I earn?

  • 2 years experience

    $37k- $47k

  • 5 years experience

    $50k - $75k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Locksmith
  • Specialist Locksmith
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

For more information

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