Our Locksmithing program is comprehensive yet easy to follow. Step by step, you learn the theoretical concepts and hands-on techniques you must have to succeed. Developed by professionals, this course teaches the skills you’ll actually use on the job.
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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning 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.
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 StartedIntroduction 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.
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.
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 SecurityIntroduction 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.
Specific instruction on the identification of, and installation practices for, key-in-knob, deadbolt, cylinder key mortise, and pushbutton combination style locks.
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 SecurityLock 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 SkillsHome 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Locksmithing program provides students with a basic understanding of the materials, tools and processes used by locksmith professionals to install modern security hardware in homes, businesses and automobiles. Students learn safe-work practices, hand and power tool identification and operation, and to identify various brands and styles of locking systems and keys. The program also provides instruction on the design and installation of security and alarm systems for buildings and vehicles.
This program also provides students the opportunity to validate their locksmithing proficiency be successfully completing the Fundamentals Locksmith exam, offered by the Associated Locksmiths of America.
After completing the Locksmithing program, students will be able to:
- Identify a locksmith’s basic job functions and ethical responsibilities and describe the wide range of locks, keys, and security systems that a locksmith may encounter on the job.
- Describe the basic mechanical function of lock and key systems as well as the components and systems that are used to construct functional security devices.
- Identify multiple types of locking and security devices, both manual and electrically powered, for structures and automobiles and describe typical applications for each device or system.
- Describe the process followed to install locksets into doors as well as the process followed to install a complete security system.
- Identify the essential business concepts related to the successful operation and management of a locksmith or security systems business, including legal compliance and financial aspects.
- Interpret and follow basic installation procedures for alarm systems, electrical access and exit controls, systems, automotive locking and alarm systems, and high-security systems.
- Identify the parts of a standard key-duplication machine and describe its basic operation.