Online Locksmith Training Course

Why ICS Canada?

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

Program Overview

Develop your skills with the ICS Canada Professional Locksmithing 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 everything from key cutting to electronic security. You’ll be able to work with any type of lock, 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 the Professional Locksmithing Program is to train students to become professional locksmiths and operate a Locksmithing business.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Comprehend the mission of a locksmith, the need in today's world for ethical locksmiths, and how locksmithing fits into the larger security industry.
  • Interpret key codes in order to use a key catalog, and comprehend the process for duplicating or cutting flat, cylinder, and bit keys.
  • Identify types and features, and the working order of locking mechanisms, including key-in-knob locks, auxiliary locks, and deadbolts.
  • Recognize how a master key structure operates in order to create and maintain a working system.
  • Understand common methods and tools used to open locks without keys, including lockpicking and impressioning.
  • Comprehend the details of how and why people enter buildings for the purpose of theft, and security measures designed to prevent stock shrinkage and burglary.
  • Identify tools and procedures for opening and replacing typical car door, trunk, and ignition locks.
  • Recognize the components of safe and vault locks and procedures for servicing, cleaning, unlocking, and changing the combination of these locks.
  • Identify types of panic hardware, electric locks, and electromagnetic locks, and how to install, operate, and troubleshoot these locks.
  • Comprehend techniques for maintaining a successful career as a locksmith, including crafting a professional resume, safe business practices, licensing, and certification.

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Locksmithing: An Expanding Career Field

Definition of locksmithing and the security industry; how the locksmith can help fight crime; employment opportunities; qualifications for professional locksmiths.

Instruction Set 2

Introduction to Locks and Keys

Basic types of lock mechanisms; basic key types and their parts; typical locksmithing tasks; standard and specialized tools used by locksmiths.

Key Identification

Basic types of keys and their parts; how keys are duplicated; distinctive key characteristics; how to compare an original key to a blank; how to find key blanks in a key catalog.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Identifying Keys

Lock Mechanisms

Construction and operation of warded locks, lever locks, disk tumbler locks, and pin tumbler locks; padlock construction and operation; how combination locks work.

Additional Material

Supplement: Locksmithing Glossary

Learning Aids:

  • Assorted key blanks
  • Lever Tumbler lock
  • Disk Tumbler lock
  • Cutaway Padlock

Instruction Set 3

Residential Locks

The mortise lock and the rib lock; operation of key-in-knob locks and tubular deadbolts; installation steps for key-in-knob locks, deadbolts, rim locks, and other door locks.

Keymaking and Rekeying

Key duplication by hand and by machine; how to duplicate cylinder keys, flat keys, and bit keys; rekeying locks.

Practical Exercises
  • Duplicating a key by hand
  • Rekeying the Kwikset® door lock
Additional Material

Supplement: Using Tools Safely

Learning Aids:

  • File Set
  • Bench vise
  • Door lock

Instruction Set 4

Opening Locks Without Keys

Various methods of opening locks without keys; lockpicking techniques; “reading” a lock; impressioning keys; forcing a lock open using emergency techniques.

Home and Business Security

Security in retail and industrial settings; “target hardening” techniques; improving security in home and business settings; performing a security analysis.

Practical Exercises
  • Impressioning a Key for a Mortise Cylinder
  • Shimming Open and Rekeying the Mortise Cylinder
Additional Material

Learning Aids:

  • Tension wrench
  • Mortise cylinder
  • Shims
  • Screwdriver set

Instruction Set 5

Automotive Locks

Basic auto lock mechanisms; replacing lock cylinders in doors, ignitions, and trunks; troubleshooting and servicing auto lock cylinders; electronic security devices for auto protection.

Safes and Vaults

Basic safe construction; combination lock theory; basic safe maintenance and repair techniques; changing safe combinations; making keys for safe deposit boxes.

Panic Hardware and Electric Locks

Basic types of panic-hardware devices; installing panic hardware; repairing and troubleshooting panic hardware; basic electricity for locksmiths; installation of electric locks.

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Master Combination Padlock

Instruction Set 6

Electronic Security

Basic types of alarm systems; alarm components; designing an alarm system for a customer’s use; troubleshooting and programming an alarm system.

Starting a Small Business

Creating a business plan; obtaining finances; obtaining needed insurance; necessary permits and licenses; finding a location; setting up your shop; purchasing office equipment and supplies; keeping business records.

Working as a Professional Locksmith

Determining what services to offer and what to charge; evaluating your competition and targeting your customers; setting an advertising budget; legal issues and locksmithing ethics; bonding and licensing; how to look and act like a professional.

Additional Material

Supplement: Starting a Mobile Business

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 Locksmithing sample lesson, click here.

Online Locksmith Course Details

In the ICS Canada Locksmith 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.