Locksmith and Home Security

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Develop your skills with the ICS Canada Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma training course and complete your program in as little as six months. With ICS Canada you train at home and at a pace that’s right for you. And, professional locksmiths can make an average annual salary of $64,480.¹

In the online Locksmith Training course, you will learn topics from key cutting to electronic security. You’ll be able to work with various locks, including automobile locks, safes, and vaults. Your tuition includes industry-recognized Kwikset® and learning aids, such as cutaway padlocks, door locks, and pinning kits.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The program goal for ICS Canada’s Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program is to prepare students for an entry-level career as a locksmith and/or home security technician.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify roles and career opportunities for locksmiths and home security technicians.
  • Explain how to identify, create, and duplicate keys.
  • Differentiate types of locks and the common methods and tools used to open locks without keys.
  • Recognize the components of a common mechanical safe lock and the procedures used to dial open, service, and change combinations.
  • Describe home security and the role of the home security technician.
  • Discuss electrical knowledge and licensing requirements needed as a home security systems technician.
  • Explain the components that make up an access control system and how choose components to fit the needs of the system.
  • Identify installation options for closed circuit TV and other detection and monitoring systems.

Unit 1

Orientation to Locksmith & Home Security Technician

The course orients the student to their program by helping students to develop successful learning skills and action plans to get the most out of their study time. It introduces the student to working as a professional locksmith and home security technician.

Objectives:

  • Describe how to establish a study plan by incorporating effective skills, strategies, and study techniques
  • Identify the tasks performed by locksmiths

Unit 2

Introduction to Keys

In this course, you'll start by learning how to identify a variety of keys by looking at the shapes and characteristics of the key. You'll then learn how to make new keys from key blanks by using a key machine. Finally, you'll learn how to duplicate both standard and cylinder keys, one of the most common tasks of the professional locksmith.

Objectives:

  • Summarize the common types of locks and keys encountered by locksmiths
  • List the common tools used by locksmiths and the safe practices for their uses
  • Identify various types of keys using identifying marks and reference materials
  • Explain the process of creating keys from key blanks
  • Outline the process used to duplicate a cylinder key
  • Duplicate a key using manual key duplication techniques
Additional Materials

Learning Aids:

  • Bench Vise
  • Solid Brass Padlock
  • Brass Key Blanks
  • Locksmith File Set

Unit 3

Locks and Key Mastering

In this course, you’ll learn how locks are designed to fit many different security needs. You’ll learn how many standard and specialty locks operate, as well as how they’re bypassed when the correct key is missing. You’ll learn how to pick or rake open common types of locks and rekey locks when they need to be fit to a new key. You’ll also learn how safes and vaults operate and how to perform maintenance on them.

Objectives:

  • Describe the various types of locks and their applications
  • Explain how to rekey a pin tumbler cylinder
  • Summarize how to open locks without using a key
  • Identify the components of safes and vaults
  • Rekey a Kwikset lock for use with a different key
Additional Materials

Learning Aids:

  • Kwikset Lock
  • Miscut Key
  • Kwikset Pinning Kit
  • Key Step Gauge
  • Pinning Tweezers
  • Mortise Cylinder Pin

Unit 4

Fundamentals of Home Security

This course provides an overview of the role of the home security technician. You'll start by learning about how the home security technician works to provide modern security solutions for homes and businesses. Then, you'll learn some of the fundamentals of electricity, which home security technicians need to know in order to successfully wire for and install security systems. Finally, you'll learn about low voltage electricity, which is used to power many control and security systems.

Objectives:

  • Explain the role of the home security technician in relation to locksmithing
  • Explain how circuits function using Ohm's Law
  • Describe how electricity functions in low-voltage circuits

Unit 5

Home Security Wiring

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of wiring a home security system. You'll learn about access control systems, as well as how to identify the physical and electrical properties and characteristics of conductors. These areas of knowledge are essential for any wiring job you'll work on throughout your entire career. Many of the skills you'll learn in this program build on these basic fundamentals.

Objectives:

  • Describe various types of access control systems and their components
  • Describe how to select and install various types of conductors, wires, and cables

Unit 6

CCTV, Recording, and Detection Systems

This course covers the different components that comprise a complete home security system. You’ll first learn about the types of detection and alarm systems that sense hazards in the home, including break-ins and fires. Then, you’ll learn about home monitoring systems that use CCTV and recording options both to monitor and protect a home. Finally, you’ll learn about system management software, which allows all of these systems to work together to keep a home safe from dangers.

Objectives:

  • Explain how CCTV and recording hardware are used to monitor a home
  • Describe the various components and uses of detection and alarm systems
  • Identify types and functions of common system management software for home security systems

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your course work.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Sample Lesson

To view a Locksmith & Home Security Technician sample lesson, click here.

Online Locksmith Course Details

In the ICS Canada Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma training program you’ll cover topics such as

  • Duplicating keys by hand and machine
  • Installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining door locks, auto locks and security devices, safes and vaults, and panic hardware
  • Methods of opening locks without keys
  • Electronic security and how to design and program an alarm system

Professional Locksmith Requirements

Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Online locksmith courses

Locksmiths install locks and security systems in homes, businesses, cars, safes, and vaults. ICS Canada offers training that can help you take the first steps toward pursuing a career as a locksmith. Here are a few qualities that effective locksmiths have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be rewarding and fun.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done, and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books, learning aids, tools, Kwikset®, and locks
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada provide Locksmith students with any hands-on materials?

Yes, as locksmith students progress through their courses they will receive a variety of tools and materials, including Kwikset® products, for use during their studies and are theirs to keep.

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¹ Salary statistics are as reported by the Labour Force Survey for 2012-2013 and are based on the average high salary for all Canadian provinces. These statistics are not a guarantee of post-graduation salary or job outlook because these statistics are general averages, and don’t take into account other employment factors and can vary by specific geographic location. In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS Canada has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.