Three Common Misconceptions About Locksmiths
1. ALL LOCKSMITHS ARE JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES
Many locksmiths become specialists at some point in their careers. Just because a locksmith can get you into your car, doesn’t mean they will be able to repair your commercial door-locking device. Some locksmiths may specialize in electronic alarm systems while others make their career as safe technicians. Many locksmiths have their own business or work for a service company that has a variety of customers. Locksmiths also work full-time for commercial or institutional buildings such as office towers, schools and hospitals.
2. ALL LOCKSMITHS ARE CERTIFIED AND FORMALLY TRAINED
Most states in the U.S. do not have any requirements for locksmiths to be certified. Some states may require certifications for government locksmithing work, but if you are a private citizen or company, certification is not necessary. That said, locksmith training varies greatly and you should not hesitate to ask your locksmith about her/his training and credentials.
At North Bennet Street School, locksmithing and security technology students go through comprehensive training and receive Registered Locksmith certificates upon recommendation by the department head. Certified Registered Locksmith certificates are also awarded to those who pass the Proficiency Registration Program. The certification awarded at NBSS is officially recognized by the Associated Locksmiths of America.
3. LOCKSMITHS ARE ONLY TRAINED TO WORK ON MECHANICAL LOCKS
Locksmithing is an old trade, but it has evolved over time. Locksmiths are trained to service traditional problems such as replacing and fixing door locks, mechanical safes and car locks, but many also install master-key systems, monitor electronic locks and building security systems. Graduates of the North Bennet Street School locksmithing program are familiar with electronic access control systems as well as traditional lock systems.
Learn more about the North Bennet Street School Locksmithing & Security Technology program.