Is Locksmith School for You?

April 3, 2024
Suzanne Murdoch
Instructor showing students a key on the key wall

Is Locksmith School for You?
And What Should You Look For?

If you’re feeling ready for a new challenge in your career, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup poll shows that only 32% of employees in the U.S. felt they were fully engaged at work. This held true across all industries, demographics, and for both full- and part-time workers.

The good news is that you don’t have to stay in a job you don’t enjoy, there are many options and career paths out there. Interestingly, many in the workforce are looking to switch not only jobs, but also industries. In fact, a growing percentage are moving from office work to careers with greater satisfaction and earning potential—those in the trades.

Among the options in the trades is one you may not have considered: locksmith school. Locksmithing and security technology professionals are in demand, and the career opportunities are many—everything from full self-employment to working for large companies and institutions. Even better news? At North Bennet Street School, you can be up and running in your career in just nine short months.

Could locksmithing be your next career? Consider this. Locksmithing is a skilled trade that is tailor-made for problem solvers. If you’ve ever taken something apart just to see how it works, you could be a natural locksmith. Locksmithing also involves a unique blend of time-honored mechanical solutions with ones that use the latest digital technology. You could work on a single lock solution or map a whole security network. Being a security technology professional requires less overhead and upfront investment than many other skilled trades as well as a much shorter training timeline. 

And whether you’re interested in starting your own business or working with a large, institutional employer, such as medical and educational facilities, locksmithing professionals are and always will be in high demand.

So, if you’re considering exploring locksmith school, what do you look for? At NBSS, we’ve carefully designed our program to provide the maximum learning impact in a relatively short timeframe while giving our students the flexibility to keep working while they learn. Here are questions you should consider when looking for the right locksmith school and our answers:

Instructor showing a student a key cutting machine

What will I learn? At NBSS, we equip our graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to service and repair all types of residential and commercial locking devices as well as expertise in the latest security technologies including electronic access control systems. We go beyond the curriculum to familiarize students with the basics of starting and managing their own business.

How will I be taught? Here, our comprehensive curriculum uses a combination of classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands-on benchwork, surveying, and actual installations. Each student has their own workbench and access to a large resource library as well as all the major equipment and tools you would find in a well-equipped locksmith shop.

What will the school and classroom be like? NBSS is a beautiful school located in Boston’s historic North End with a time-honored history of teaching generations of skilled tradespeople.  Here, you’ll always be taught by an experienced locksmith in a small-class setting with lots of individualized instruction. You’ll get to know your classmates and your instructor and build a sense of community and teamwork.

How long is the program? At NBSS, our Locksmithing & Security Technology program is just nine months long with half-day morning classes that give students the flexibility to work part-time while they learn.

What will it cost? As with any consideration of cost, it’s first important to weigh what you are receiving for your investment. With scholarships and grant programs, such as the many available through NBSS, locksmith school can be very affordable. We are proud to offer special financial aid programs for veterans and even full tuition and tool scholarships for those students who qualify.

Will I receive support after graduation? Yes. As an NBSS graduate, you’ll not only be recognized as an alum of a prestigious and nationally recognized trade school, you’ll have access to an amazing community of alumni as well as the continued help and support of your school and instructors. 

Think locksmithing just may be the right career for you? Take the next step. We invite you to learn more.