What is the Best Locksmith Training Course?

The best training to for locksmiths

Ongoing and initial training is vital to locksmiths as it allows them to keep on top of their trade. They need to be up to date with the latest tools, locking systems and home security in order to provide their customers with the best service possible.

If you are just starting out as a locksmith or are interested in refreshing your skills and knowledge, you may be wondering what the best training course in the UK is.

Comprehensive beginner’s courses

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)

Courses from the UK’s largest association of locksmiths are bound to be of good quality. They come in the form of either 1, 2 or 5-days of training and give a great insight into the locksmithing industry, situations you may encounter, developing good habits and teach you the skills to build a good foundation upon.

It includes practical elements which allow you to gain hands-on experience with cutting keys, opening tricky locks and repairing faulty security systems.

So, if you are looking for a course that will take you from someone who has little knowledge of what it takes to be a locksmith to being ready to start working, these courses are great ones to consider.

MPL Locksmith Training

This entry-level course is accredited by City & Guilds and includes content that will help any novice locksmith, including basic methods of entry to the latest equipment and technology within the industry. All courses are run by trainers who each have years of practical experience and will be able to give you some real life tips for the role.

It takes place at a specialised training centre in Wakefield, with the company covering all accommodation of meal costs. The pricing also includes the use of a round-the-clock support line for students upon completion of the course.


For those wishing to join a larger company, Timpson offers comprehensive courses upon a successful job offer that will give you the confidence to carry out a locksmith’s day-to-day tasks.

The course is made up of modules and consists of 3 levels. It includes the input of Mick Friend FBLI who is an award-winning locksmith and wrote ‘The Encyclopedia for Locksmiths’.

Some areas that this course deals with are:

  • Key impressioning and programming
  • Advanced car opening
  • Electronic access control systems
  • Safe opening

Specialised training courses

Keytek Bespoke Courses

With previous clients such as the NHS, glazing companies and estate agents, Keytek’s bespoke training courses are a good way to gain skills in specialist areas.

Taught within state of the art facilities and offering 1:1 support, this is a good choice for those who want to gain more experience and knowledge in areas such as:

  • Automobile locksmithing
  • Non-destructive entry
  • New advances in technology
  • Commercial locksmithing needs

If you are unsure on what exact training you want and need, just contact Keytek and they will be able to talk you through the possibilities. First think of what you want to achieve and how much time and money you are willing to dedicate to it.