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Locksmith Training

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Lock up a stable future with online locksmith training. Our Locksmithing course shows you how to work with manual and electric lock systems for residences, vehicles and businesses. After graduating you may take the Associated Locksmiths of America Fundamentals Locksmith exam ($80 value - at no extra cost), proving your mastery of locksmithing basics and moving you forward in your locksmithing career.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online locksmith training consists of comprehensive, step-by-step lessons. Each lesson introduces fundamental Locksmithing concepts along with specialized how-to techniques. Challenging practice exercises help reinforce important topics such as...

  • Choosing the key blank
  • How pin tumbler locks work
  • Re-keying a lock
  • Removing a broken key
  • Keying for lever tumbler, disc tumbler and pin tumbler master locks

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Careers for Mechanics and Technicians  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop their mechanical and technical skills. Includes a summary of math and science concepts important to mechanics as well as applications of modern technologies in the mechanics workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson Group 2: Locksmithing: Getting Started

Introduction to Locksmithing  

An overview of the skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of a trained locksmith, including the basic daily tasks required and the identification of basic lock and key styles and a review of the popular manufacturers of modern security hardware.

Keys and Locks  

Students will learn to identify and select key blanks using various techniques including key-blank directories. This lesson covers the steps required for cutting a key manually and will learn to identify the basic parts and operation of common lock styles encountered in residential applications.

Pin Tumbler Locks and Locksmithing Tools  

This lesson focuses on the parts and operation of common pin tumbler locks and provides students instruction on the process of rekeying pin tumbler locks. Students will also learn about the hand and power tools commonly used by locksmiths.

Lesson Group 3: The Basics of Keying and Home Security

Introduction to Master Keying and Security  

An introduction to the concept of masterkeying locks with specific examples focused on masterkey schemes for pin tumbler locks. This lesson also provides student exposure to common professional practices as well as certification bodies specific to the locksmith trade.

Fitting Locks into Doors  

Specific instruction on the identification of, and installation practices for, key-in-knob, deadbolt, cylinder key mortise, and pushbutton combination style locks.

Introduction to High-Security Systems  

Students will learn the parts and operation of locking hardware designed for high-security applications. Coverage will focus on the construction, operation, and servicing of high-security cylinders. This lesson will also provide instruction on the installation of multiple pushbutton lock security solutions.

Lesson Group 4: Master Keying, High-Security, and Automobile Security

Lock Designs and Functions  

This lesson expands on student knowledge of key-in-knob, mortise, and rim locks with detailed instruction of the common applications, operation, and installation of each lock style. Students will also be introduced to the construction and operating principles of common padlocks.

Keyways and Master Keying  

Advanced instruction on the concepts of masterkeyed systems as applied to more complex cylinders and key design. Students learn about the symbols and layout of five levels of masterkeyed systems and how to combinate pin tumbler masterkeyed systems. Lesson coverage concludes with the development of bitting lists for multi-key systems and bitting practices required for single key change and the creation of top master keys.

High-Security Locks  

Continued instruction on high-security locks including the factors considered when selecting advanced systems. Students will learn about biaxial lock operation and construction; key-control systems; and the unique features of high-security cylinders and keys. This lesson also describes the key control systems utilized by suppliers of high-security cylinders like Medeco and ASSA.

Interchangeable Cores  

Students learn about the applications, device construction, advantages and disadvantages associated with locking devices that employ interchangeable cores. Students will also learn specific service opportunities locksmiths can provide at facilities that use interchangeable core systems.

Automotive Locksmithing  

Lesson content will focus on the how automobile locks compare and contrast from those used in building security. Students will learn about the various lock styles and configurations associated with specific makes of automobiles as well as basic theory that applies to electronically controlled vehicle security. Coverage is also provided related to safety precautions required for vehicle airbag systems.

Modern Alarms  

An introduction to the basic components and system designs used for various building alarm systems. Coverage includes instruction on basic electrical/electronics concepts and description and operating principles for wired, wireless, and microprocessor based electronic alarm systems.

Lesson Group 5: Commercial Applications, Emergency Services, and Business Skills

Home and Business Services  

Students will learn about specialized security hardware that will commonly be applied in business and industrial facilities. This lesson will also discuss residential service opportunities for locksmiths beyond the basic installation and maintenance of the lock and key assembly including door, frame, and hinge damage as well as lock and strike misalignment.

Decoding, Picking, and Emergency Entry  

In this lesson students are introduced to the basic concept and practices used for key code systems for the creation and duplication of keys. This lesson will provide detailed instruction on basic lockpicking techniques as well as the procedures and ethics related to other emergency entry techniques.

Combination Locks  

This lesson expands on program coverage of rotary and pushbutton combination locks. Students will learn the locking principles and decoding techniques used for various mechanical combination locks. Lesson coverage concludes with a review of installation techniques and the procedures used for changing combinations for several popular brands of electronic combination locks.

Electrical Access and Exit Control Systems  

Students will learn about the basic operating principles, installation techniques, maintenance and troubleshooting associated with electrically controlled release-latch locks, electrified locks, and electromagnetic locks and locking systems.

Key Duplicating Machines  

Lesson coverage includes the basic design and operation of basic key duplicating machines and coding machines used for new key generation. Students will learn basic setup and operating procedures as well as factors to consider when selecting machines for purchase. The importance of machine maintenance and adjustment concludes the lesson coverage.

The Business and Law of Locksmithing  

Program coverage concludes with lesson material on the business practices required for owning and operating a locksmithing business. Students will also learn about legal regulations that may apply to locksmithing activities including the state and local laws related to licensing and certification.

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  What You Get

Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA)

Our online locksmith training puts you in control of your education from day one. Carefully selected content promises a balance of essential theory with practical application. The Associated Locksmiths of America recognizes Ashworth College as an Associate Training Facility dedicated to the education and growth of locksmithing and related industries. Your tuition covers:

  • Industry-recognized textbooks and lesson guides
  • Starter set of locksmithing tools
  • Key-making machine (Graduation gift)
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Associated Locksmiths of America Fundamentals Locksmith exam ($80 value). Take it at home with a webcam-enabled computer or at a Kryterion Testing Center (this fee not included).
  • ALOA Fundamentals Locksmith Certificate suitable for framing after passing exam
  • Opportunity to become an ALOA member to advance your education and further your career
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates receive a handsome diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. With your ALOA Fundamentals designation in hand you'll have the option of ALOA membership and further advanced training and certification opportunities offered by ALOA.

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  • Graduation Video


Key into a great career. Start your locksmith training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.