To become a qualified locksmith, one must complete a locksmith apprenticeship. The off-the-job locksmith course/training associated with the apprenticeship is available through TAFE. Apprentices and trainees are contracted to an employer, usually for 1 to 4 years, during which the trainees gain skills.

Even though there are shortages of skilled locksmiths in some areas, the opportunity to gain entry through an apprenticeship is still limited.

An apprentice Locksmith is involved in a range of tasks, including evaluating security requirements; installing, adjusting, repairing and maintaining locks and related security equipment; making keys and changing lock combinations, generally working on residential, automotive, commercial and institutional locksets and door hardware.

Levels of Educational Programs Available
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (Locksmithing)
  • Certificate III in Locksmithing (Apprenticeship)

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  • This prepares the taker for work in the locksmithing industry. As a hands-on practical course, the Locksmithing stream of the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways teaches you the skills highly sought in industry. Areas of study include:
    • engineering projects
    • computing technology
    • key production
    • use of key machines
    • hand tools
    • silver soldering
    • development of a career plan
  • Course Duration: 9-10 weeks full-time program
  • Eligibility: Completion of 12 years of education or equivalent
  • English Requirement: IELTS score 5.0 overall (no score below 5.0 in each of the component) or equivalent.
  • Fees: AUD$6,000 to AUD$8,000 (varying from provider to provider)


  • This course is ideal for preparation of future in the Locksmithing industry. Areas of study include:
    • manufacturing and engineering environments
    • computing technology
    • hand tools and power tools
    • key production
    • basic welding
    • lock assembly
    • lock servicing
    • lock installation
    • workshop
    • team work
    • automotive locksmithing
    • lock-picking and bypass
    • safe opening
    • electronic security (such as CCTV, alarm systems and electronic access control)
  • Course Duration: 3 years part-time program
  • Eligibility: Must be employed as an Apprentice to enrol in this course
  • English Requirement: IELTS score 5.0 overall (no score below 5.0 in each of the component) or equivalent.
  • Fees: AUD$20,000 to AUD$25,000 (varying from provider to provider)


  • A valid passport for the duration of the study in Australia
  • Unconditional offer letter from the university or institution
  • Evidence of access to sufficient funds
  • Proof of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklist

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Graduates of this course have a very high chance of finding employment. The security industry is large and diverse, and includes fields such as locksmithing, electronic access and automotive work. An opportunity to gain relevant local work experiences may even lead to PR.

ANZSCO CODE: 323313 – Locksmith

  • Install and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.
Task inculde
  • Assembling parts and subassemblies of precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms
  • Dismantling precision instruments, locks, timepieces and firearms, repairing and replacing defective parts, and reassembling articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines
  • Inscribing letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items Installing security systems, changing tumblers in locks, changing locks, cutting keys and opening locks by manipulation
  • Calibrating precision instruments using standard weights and measures, jigs and fixtures, and hand tools to adjust and align parts and small balancing weights
  • Making blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairing, setting and sharpening blades for hand and power saws
  • Testing circuits in electronic timepieces
  • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs
  • 189 - Skilled Independent (subclass 189)
  • 190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190)
  • 485 - Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) - Graduate Work
  • 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482)
  • 186 - Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • 187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • 407 - Training (subclass 407)


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