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How to Become a Car Locksmith

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Each day, people across the globe lock themselves out of their cars. To solve this problem, they will call a car locksmith to open their car door with a special set of tools. Because situations like this happen so frequently, car locksmiths are in high demand. Although they often easily perform their job in a short amount of time, car locksmiths actually need a fair amount of specialized training to perform their job successfully. Therefore, to become a car locksmith, you must complete the following steps.

Enroll in a car locksmith training program. Many local trade schools offer locksmith training courses. There are also a number of online locksmith training courses available. Check on the Associated Locksmiths of America website (see References) for a full list of approved schools in the United States.

Pass a certification exam. To prove your automotive locksmithing competence, you must obtain the Certified Automotive Locksmith, or CAL, designation by passing a certification exam offered by the Associated Locksmiths of America trade association.

Purchase the appropriate car locksmith tools. Every new car locksmith needs his own set of tools in order to start his car locksmith business. This can easily be done by looking on line. An example of a website that offers a wide variety of tools for a fair price is a site called Lock Pickers Mall. You can also ask other established car locksmiths in your area for recommendations.

Start your business. Advertise your services in your community and begin assisting customers. As time goes on and your reputation spreads, your business will grow and become profitable.

Try to find work as an apprentice. If you prefer not to take the risk of starting your own business, you might be able to find an established car locksmith who is looking for an apprentice. Contact local car locksmiths in your area to see if they have any need for an apprentice.


Angela James graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Afterwards James worked as an Executive Assistant at a local bank where she was a writer and co-editor of the company employee newsletter. In 2003, she left the bank after the birth of her first child and became a freelance writer in 2008.

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