Not everybody can be one because of the sensitive nature of the job. There are a lot of traits that one should have to be in the locksmithing industry. Here are some of them:
A good grasp of mathematical and mechanical theories involved in locks
Amazing vision and hand to eye coordination
The ability to decide depending on the perceived depth, size and distance of the mechanisms of locks and keys
Deftness of the hands and fingers
Patience and stability
One also needs to have an in-depth knowledge of locks and keys in general. While one is not expected to know every lock and key by heart, the ability to follow written instructions can help and is therefore, a must.
Proper education and training are also very important, and it's a good idea to start as early as possible. One can start as early as high school by taking courses that involve working with metals and electronics. Working with locks also involves a lot of mathematics so taking math classes can also help. Starting early with business classes is also recommended since the best locksmiths will eventually run their own locksmithing business.
These courses and/or classes can also be taken during college, but getting on-the-job training or an apprenticeship with a professional is the best way to become one since most of the skills and knowledge will be acquired via hands-on training. A lot of locksmiths are looking for help, and anyone who has the traits listed above can qualify as a trainee.
One can expect to go on calls with the professional during on-the-job training. One should take this opportunity to learn the craft and to absorb as many information and skills as possible. This will complement the hands-on training that will be done. Sometimes, there are classes as well.
Some cities, states and countries require a license to operate legally in this industry due to the sensitive nature of the job. It is always a good idea to check first for the necessary licenses. Sometimes the locksmith association in the country offers classes that can help people get certified and licensed.
In addition, some areas may require apprenticeship. This may range from a one to four-year apprenticeship. Some areas will also require apprentices to take a test, and this is why classes and on-the-job training are important if one wants to be licensed.
Locksmiths also get continuing education by attending classes and seminars. These classes and seminars are usually provided by professional associations, and most countries have one that aims to improve their locksmithing industry. Lock manufacturers also hold these classes and seminars.