Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on January 09, 2011 at 12:41:55:
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First, are there any guidelines in your state that tell you what you must do or have done to certify as a locksmith?
There is a locksmith training company that offers some on line courses, but it's hard to know what's required in your home state.
In some states all one needs to do to "be a locksmith" is to get a business license and some business cards that say you are one.
In California, all you need to do is submit fingerprints and an application for a state license and a check that doesn't bounce (don't forget the business license, cards, and ads)and as lsong as you're not wanted for any crimes, you, too, can be a locksmith.
There isn't much required in the way of formal training in most US states. In many ways this is a forgotten and at best self-policed industry, with almost no penalties for transgressions "against the holy (and wholly nebulous) ethics of the trade. For instance, in California, there are more laws, for instance, regulatin opening cars and making keys for them than there are about opening safes and vaults.
Do some homework about this stuff in your home state.
But it's nevertheless a good thing to seek training and education before going public with a skilled trade of any kind. Kudos for your intent.