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Locksmiths in Vancouver, British Columbia, are considered security workers and must be licensed through the Security Programs and Police Technologies Division of the B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General. As security workers, locksmiths are held to a high standard, and any criminal charges or convictions may preclude you from getting a license or result in the revocation of a license that you have already been granted.
Take a locksmith training course. Specific training is not required to become a licensed locksmith, but completing a training course may help you get a position working with a licensed locksmith or company. Among others, Mr. Locksmith offers training courses that include professional and automotive locksmith training.
Apply to work with an experienced locksmith. To get licensed as a locksmith in British Columbia, you must gain two years of full-time experience working under an experienced, licensed locksmith.
Apply for a Locksmith Under Supervision license. Once you are hired by an experienced locksmith, you can apply for a Locksmith Under Supervision license. You can download and print this application from the Government of British Columbia website and send it by mail to the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety. On the application, you must include your personal information, a passport-quality photo and a letter from your employer confirming that you are working under an experienced locksmith. As of 2010, fees for a one-year license are $120 and can be paid by personal check or credit card.
Complete your apprenticeship period. You must complete two years, or 3,600 hours, of full-time locksmith work under supervision.
Apply for a Locksmith license. Once you have completed your two years of experience, you can apply for a Locksmith license. The application and process is the same as that for a Locksmith Under Supervision license, but you must include documentation from your employer to certify that you have been working in the field for at least two years.
Giving or selling a restricted key to anyone but an owner of a locking device or someone authorized by owner could result in revocation of your license.
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