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What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

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pickmonger2

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Post Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:43 am

What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

Illinois state publishes a guide to what a locksmith needs to know in order to get a license to work as a locksmith .


Of course other places will have different knowledge requirements but this will give you some idea of what you need to study for to pass a locksmith exam.

Not every one wants to or can afford some of the courses offered by locksmith training places.

You can learn on your own from whats on the internet and from buying a few books.

FREE .....12 locksmith courses each over 30 pages long ... no registration hassles just click and read.

http://www.sopl.us/mandatory-courses.html


https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/FORMS/LOCKSMITHStudyGuide.pdf


We can add what other states require and get an excellent guide to what has to be learned.
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Post Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:13 pm

Re: What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

First a student starts these 12 free courses. There is an exam and you can even earn continuing education points.

If you want to learn more and go for your SOPL certificate the additional course modules can be bought one at a time to fit almost anyone's budget.


FREE Locksmith Courses
How To Study*
This is Chapter 1 of the Locksmith Training Program (LTP). This is a must read for anyone entering into the LTP courses. In this chapter you will learn how the LTP works. 23 Page Online E-Course No Proficiency Testing Online Included or C.E.U.s awarded.

Key Blank Identification*
Learn how to properly identify key blanks, locate proper part numbers and identify a variety of manufacturers. Homework assignments involved. 34 page Online E-Course. Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U.'s

Cylinder Servicing, Disc & Pin Type*
Learn the service techniques for disassembly, rekeying and servicing of these cylinders. Identify parts and their relationship in the servicing of these cylinders. 45 page Online E-Course. Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U.'s

Key Duplication*
Learn about the different types of key duplication machines and how to properly operate them. Identify proper key blank placement in the cutting jaws and be aware of the safety precautions associated with duplicating a key. 43 Page Online E-Course. Proficiency Testing Online - 3.75 C.E.U.s

Codes & Equipment*
Learn all about the different types of code key cutting equipment. Understand just what a code is and the different types. How to decode their meaning and where to reference them. Learn about a dial micrometer and its relationship to code key cutting and how to start cutting keys by code easily and inexpensively. 30 Page Online E-Course. Proficiency Testing Online - 3.75 C.E.U.'s

Basic Master Keying*
Learn about security vs. convenience, key specifications, bittings, pins, MACS and how their effects on developing a proper masterkey system. Explore the different levels of a masterkey system and which type is needed. You will develop a basic system using proper coding and master pins and much more. Lab Material Provided. 41 page E-Course Online. Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U.'s This course is a required prerequisite before taking any advanced masterkeying courses.

Lock Servicing*
Learn all about the problem solving process. Examine the mortise lock, deadbolts and knoblocks applying the problem solving process. Learn the difference between repair or replacement. Identify components and much more. 51 page E-Course Online. Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U.'s

Lock Functions, Finishes & Requirements*
Learn all about the different lockset functions and applications. Identify the different finish and ANSI codes. Learn the difference between Fire rated hardware and ADA compliant hardware. Learn the handing of doors and much more. 28 page E-Course Online. Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U.'s

Professional Opening Techniques* RESTRICTED
Learn a variety of lock cylinder opening techniques. Learn how to properly pick a lock cylinder and what to do before you do. How to protect yourself in the performance of lock bypass when dealing with a customer. Learn how to respond to certain responses. Understand why locks can be manipulated and how to do it. Learn about tolerances and their effect. Identify the different types of pins and how they respond during picking. Identify when forcible entry is warranted. Identify the different types of lock picks available. 43 page E-Course Online, Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U's

Impressioning*
Learn the skills of Impressioning! Identify the tools and their functions. Describe the different types of single sided & doublesided cylinders. How to prepare your key blanks and the steps required to making a key by hand. Learn how to identify and differentiate tool marks. Impressioning is where the rubber meets the road and all locksmiths strive to excel in this segment of their training. 35 page E-Course Online, Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U's to edit.

Cabinet, Furniture & Mailbox Locks*
Learn about fitting keys to a variety of different style locks. Learn special impressioning techniques, picking & bypassing. Component identification, code recognition, desk locks, lateral file cabinets, locking bars, T-Handles and a whole lot more. 44 page E-Course Online, Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U's

Exit Hardware & Alarms*
Learn all the about how doors are hung, their swing, fire ratings, legal requirements, ADA, door design, with & height, style, opening measurements, flush bolts, door coordinators, astragals, mullions, vertical & concealed rod, hinges, latch guards and more. Identify the proper door applications for single & double doors. Also learn about aluminum storefront exit paddles, cover plates, and fasteners. Identify local exit alarm devices and pilfer alarms. 49 page E-Course Online, Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U's

Door Closers*
Learn about the history of door closers and identify the its components, speed controls and adjustments. Learn the types of applications for overhead, concealed, floor and automatic closers. Learn the ADA & Fire code requirements and legal requirements associate with door closer selection and installation. 35 page E-Course Online, Proficiency Testing Online - 6.0 C.E.U's
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Post Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:49 pm

Re: What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

Yep, SOPL is an awesome place to go for locksmith training.
The guy who runs it is also a member here on Keypicking.
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Post Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:03 pm

Re: What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

What I hope to create is a thread where we can show what must be learned to pass locksmith tests for various credentials,
and who can teach the material at a reasonable price. The first 12 lessons are free with no strings attached. At the very least you will be able to talk with locksmiths and others in locksport with out sounding like an ignorant know nothing.

A lot of people can't afford Fowley Belsaw and courses like that with requirement of all cash up front. You are also paying for a lot of tools that can be bought cheaper else where.

Completing the free 12 topic course gives you a chance to see if you enjoy learning about something in locksmithing that is not lock picking.
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Post Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:30 am

Re: What a locksmith needs to know to get a license

Well SOPL no longer offers the free mandatory courses. The course modules have a lot of information and some people consider it to be worth it.

You can however order the course for $13.98 each. This also entitles you to take the exam and get certificates with course credits that are transferable .

http://www.sopl.us/training-program---ltp.html

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