Answers to common questions we’re asked
Q. Is locksmithing a good career?
A.. Yes! Locksmithing is a trade that can be practiced wherever locks are found, and locks are found virtually everywhere. Locksmithing is also a hands-on skill that cannot be outsourced: this means your job will never disappear overseas. Locksmithing has many areas that one may choose to specialize, such as safe servicing, high security cylinders, electronic security, or automotive. Additionally, locksmithing can be practiced well beyond the traditional retirement age and locksmithing can easily be used for self-employment.
Q. Can I join your locksmithing course any time?
A. Because learning locksmithing is very connective, you must learn A before moving on to B, we do not offer open enrollment. Our locksmith course begins approximately once each quarter.
Q. When does your locksmith course meet?
A. Our Basic Locksmithing class meets two evenings per week for twelve-weeks. The days are either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday, depending on when the locksmith course begins.
Q. How long does your locksmith courses take to complete?
A. It depends on which course you wanted to complete. Our most comprehensive course is comprised of all three courses we offer, Basic Locksmith, Basic Retail Operations and Basic Field Operations for a total of 20 weeks. Our Basic Locksmith Course alone is a 12 weeks course and must be completed before enrolling in other courses. The Basic Locksmith and Retail Operations courses together will take 12 weeks to complete. We also offer a 3-day class called The Fundamentals of Lock Cylinder Keying & Service, which is designed to teach engineering or maintenance employees for large facilities.
Q. When the locksmith course is completed, what will I receive?
A. Our graduates receive a Certificate of Completion if they complete our program with a grade of 70% or better.
Q. What does it cost to attend you locksmithing courses?
A. Since we offer several programs, it is best to call the school to receive current pricing.
Q. Does the school guarantee placement for students that complete the locksmith course?
A. While we cannot guarantee placement for any graduate, every effort is made to place graduates. The school can provide job leads throughout Southern California, help with resume preparation, conduct mock-interviews, and offer advice to assist in your job search.
Q. Can someone with a criminal record attend you locksmith course?
A. It depends on what is on their record. In California, locksmiths are regulated by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). The BSIS application states “A License may be denied to any person who makes a false statement or who has been convicted of any crime or act substantially related to the functions or duties of an alarm company agent/locksmith. However, the bureau will consider evidence of rehabilitation” See Department of Consumer Affairs or call the school for more information.
Q. What is the difference between your 3-day class, The Fundamentals of Lock Cylinder Keying & Servicing, and your 12-week Basic Locksmithing Class?
A. Our 3-day class is accelerated training for cylinder removal & rekeying, using a masterkey system and troubleshooting. This class is designed for maintenance or engineering personnel that want to add some lock work to their job duties and is tailored for situations that may be found in an institutional or commercial facility. Our Basic Locksmithing class is much more in-depth and is designed to deliver the education required to begin a security career as a locksmith.
Q. Can’t I just learn locksmithing by taking a correspondence course?
A. We like to point out that correspondence course graduates usually become our very best students! Though correspondence courses are popular, locksmithing is a trade that is incredibly difficult to teach without the personal attention of an instructor. We feel it is important for our instructors to work with our students by demonstrating techniques, offering helpful hints and tips, and providing answers for your questions. This is also one reason why we limit our class size to a maximum of 12 students. If you have already taken a correspondence course and enroll in SST, you will have a head-start over your classmates and you’ll be amazed at what you still had to learn.
Q. Is your locksmith school accredited?
A. Accreditation is a long and expensive process and we have chosen not to pursue it. As is required in California, we are approved to operate from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary & Vocational Education.