North Carolina Locksmith Licensing Board

Learning the Trade

The Board is frequently asked how one learns the trade of locksmithing.

You are not very likely to find a “locksmith school” in your area due to the proprietary nature of the knowledge found in the locksmith profession.

The State of North Carolina does not regulate HOW you learn locksmithing. Your family member, friend, employer, neighbor, etc. can teach you locksmithing.

The State of North Carolina does regulate the provision of these services to the public for compensation, and for that you need a license from this Board (unless otherwise exempt).

Most people are taught as employees and apprentices by existing locksmiths or they are self-taught through correspondence courses.

Hands-on Locksmith Training

School of Lock and Electronic Security

Some popular correspondence courses include the following:

Ashworth College
Associated Locksmiths of America
Foley Belsaw Locksmithing
Penn Foster Career School
Stratford Career Institute

(Please note, the NC Locksmith Licensing Board does NOT endorse training programs. These programs and text resources are listed for information purposes only.)

The following texts may also help you:

ALOA’s PRP Study Guide
Ilco Key Director
Ilco Auto/Truck Key Blank Reference
Yale Master Keying Manual
Baxter FCI (Foreign Key Information)
AutoSmart by Michael Hyde
Fast Facts by Sieveking Products
Dialing Diagnostics Revision 1.02 by Sargent & Greenleaf
The Safe Technicians Reference Manual by MEO Publications
The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing by C.A. Roger
Reed, Baxter, Curtis HPC and other Code Books
Books by Locksmith Publishing
Book by National Publishing Corp
Various Trade Magazines (e.g. Keynotes, SAVTA, Locksmith Ledger, and National Locksmith)
References by Canadian Locksmith, Inc.
The Professional Locksmith Directory