Becoming a Locksmith
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Becoming a Locksmith

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Installs and maintains locks and related security devices and systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time 3 years
Average pay $54,619
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 900

How do I become a Locksmith in Victoria?

To work as a Locksmith in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Locksmithing
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Engineering (Locksmithing)
  • Construction Induction Card (aka White Card) is required for access to any construction site in Australia
  • Private security registration with Victoria Police is required for installing security systems

What does a Locksmith do?

  • Assembles parts
  • Subassembles precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
  • Installs security systems, changing tumblers in locks, cutting keys, opening and replacing locks


  • Safemaker

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