Becoming a locksmith takes a lot patience, hard work, experience, good mentoring and a lifetime of study. Whether it is for learning how to fix simple locks at home for personal benefit or to eventually establish a career as a professional locksmith, there are many learning institutions that people who want to study locksmithing may choose from. There are also various learning methods that they can choose to engage in.
People who want to learn how to become a locksmith in Chicago may consider attending classes at the Acme School Locksmithing Division. This is the only resident locksmithing school in the whole state of Illinois, with the Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent signing a Certificate of Approval for its operation. The school offers beginner’s courses, in which students can learn the basics of locksmithing – useful for use around the house or for instances when one gets accidentally locked out of a car. On Acme School’s website, the course is described as something that was “developed for individuals with no experience, or prior training, but wishes to learn the craft.” The courses are pretty heavy on practical hand-on learning under the skillful tutelage of professional locksmiths.
For Chicago locksmiths who already know the basic stuff but are looking to expand their knowledge or get specialization classes (something that Acme School does not provide), then they can contact the Greater Chicago Locksmiths Association (GCLA). Priding itself on its motto “Professionalism through Education,” the GCLA has an extensive array of educational materials for locksmiths, including instructional videos and a reference library. The association also provides opportunities for its member and affiliated locksmiths to attend conferences, seminars and workshops for updating on new techniques and tools.
If the Acme School or the venues of the GCLA workshops are too far away from an interested person’s location, Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) which maintains a list of accredited learning institutions for locksmithing that are located all over the US as well as abroad, in such countries such as Canada and Australia. The association also offers its own educational courses under its ALOA Continuing Education program. For beginners, it also offers the ALOA Training Center basic locksmithing course.
Most of the ALOA’s programs are certificate courses so learning with them is really time well spent. Aside from joining the seminars and classes, the association also has a collection of learning materials that can be downloaded directly from the Internet. These can be studied in combo with the associations’ online-based courses. ALOA also offers scholarships for technical training and business management, which is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to have a steady source of income.