What do I need to become a Locksmith?
Are you interested in becoming a Locksmith? Or making the first steps in becoming a Locksmith already? There are a few things that you need to become a Locksmith but if you’re new to the industry it may be hard to finalise exactly what it is you will need. We’ve put together this handy guide on ‘What do I need to become a Locksmith?’ to give you a helping hand.
Although the Locksmith industry isn’t regulated you will need to complete some training to physically gain the skills required to be able to do your job and we believe it is only a matter of time before a Locksmith qualification or accreditation becomes a requirement by law within the industry.
We offer a wide range of Locksmith courses here at the Keytek® Academy from our official Locksmith Qualification, Level 4 Accreditation and bespoke courses for those who have some knowledge in the industry prior to training.
Our Locksmith Qualification course is aimed at beginners and existing Locksmiths who aim to add an official Locksmith Qualification to their list of skills and achievements. Our Locksmith Qualification course is the first of its kind in the UK and we are proud to be one of the first and only Locksmith schools to provide it. Find out more about our official Locksmith Qualification course and the pricing here!
For more information including pricing on our other entire Locksmith courses including our Level 4 Accreditation Locksmith Course and our Bespoke Locksmith Courses click here!
You will need at least a basic set of your own Locksmith tools to start your Locksmith career. We advise that you start with the essentials and work your way up to building a specialist kit that you may need if you decide to specialise in a particular area in the Locksmithing industry. We offer tool packages here at Keytek® Academy. Find out more about our Locksmith Tool Packages here!
Just to note that we supply all the tools you will need during our Locksmith courses so you don’t need to purchase any beforehand and it may help you decide what you need on completion.
A Locksmith van to get to and from your customers homes or cars is essential. It is important to consider the size of your van too as you’ll need plenty of space to store all of your stock and tools. We have more information on buying a Locksmith van here! (this needs to be written)
Insurances and licenses
There are a few insurances and licenses that you will need as a Locksmith as required by law as you are entering and making changes to your customers homes or cars. This includes Public Liability Insurance, a Waste Carrier License and a DBS check. You can find out more about the insurances and licenses you will need as a Locksmith on our advice page here!
Communication and Customer Service Skills
As you are in a customer facing role it is important that your communicate and customer service skills are up to scratch, this will ensure you are more likely to be left great reviews and your number passed on to others – leading to more work.
It is not just in person you need to consider how you come across but every single communication you have between yourself and your customer. This includes telephone calls and emails, ensure you are welcoming and ensure you’re spelling is correct before sending out an email to keep up professional standards.
As part of our e-learning courses we also offer a Customer Service Level 2 course and a Communication course. These can be completed in your own time at home so you may find them beneficial if this is your first customer-facing role or business. Find out more about our e-learning courses and get started by clicking here!
You may decide to get a work phone when starting up your own Locksmith business to enable you to keep your work life and home life separate. You will need to carry a phone with you throughout your working hours and overnight if you plan to work 24/7 so that your customers can contact you. As a Locksmith a lot of your time is spent on the road travelling to your next job and of course you have to proceed with caution as handling your mobile phone behind the wheel is illegal. To stay within the law you must have hands-free access whilst communicating and this must be set-up before taking off on the road. You can find more information on using your mobile phone behind the wheel on the Gov website here! https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law
Alternatively, we can offer subcontracting work after successful completion of one of our courses with Keytek® Locksmiths. By subcontracting with us you will use your phone a lot less as Keytek® handle all of the customer’s calls. When a job comes in local to you we will contact you with a quick call and a text message with the customers address on which greatly reduces your time on your phone and makes it easier for you as a whole. Find out more about subcontracting with Keytek® here!
Last but not least, to become a Locksmith you need customers and to gain customers you need to be able to market your business. Marketing comes in a variety of forms these days but we suggest you complete the following to get your business name out there:
- Van design: putting your logo and contact details clearly on your van will not only help your customers recognise and trust your business but it will attract new customers too.
- Social media: creating a social media account for your Locksmith business is a great way to gain recognition quickly and for free! We recommend you start with creating a Facebook account, check out our blog ‘How to: Facebook for Locksmiths’ here!
- Offline marketing: another great way to promote your Locksmith business is to create an offline advert. This advert should include your business name, logo and contact details at the very least. You can advertise your business offline in many books such as BT or your local directories, have a look through these when you receive them for an idea of what to include. You may need some help with designing an advert to fit the specifications of the book but these directories should be able to help you out.
- Other useful marketing resources: we have lots of great information on promoting your Locksmith business over at the Keytek® Academy Blog! Take a read through ‘How to Market your Locksmith Business’ and ‘Three Top Tips on Becoming a Successful Locksmith’ to begin with!
- Marketing with Keytek® Locksmiths: when subcontracting with Keytek® Locksmiths marketing is a bonus that you will benefit from. Keytek® have an in-house marketing team who work round the clock to ensure you receive work and it works as the phone lines are very busy. As well as marketing Locksmiths as a whole, the Keytek® Marketing Department work closely with their Locksmiths to ensure they are doing everything they can to get their Locksmiths more local work to cut down driving times. Find out more about the benefits of Working with Keytek® here!
We hope you found this guide useful in making your first steps in becoming a Locksmith, if you have any further questions do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our lovely team members will get back to you as soon as possible. In the mean time you may find the following links useful:
- How to Become a Locksmith
- Insurances and Licenses Locksmiths Need
- How to Conduct a Risk Assessment: Locksmith Edition
- The Difference between Franchising and Subcontracting
- Accreditation or Qualification