LocksmithSchool4u.com provides 27 free lessons on the craft of locksmithing. These lessons range from instruction on the basics of lock operations to tips on opening a locksmithing business. Premium packages are offered, running up to $400, which include a variety of tools for honing skills. The site is advertised as an introduction, it is not affiliated with any other organizations, and the course would serve best as a way of deciding if the profession is something to pursue.
Other options are available as an introduction to locksmithing, including sites that offer free initial lessons, before requiring students to subscribe and pay. OnlineLocksmithCourse.com offers a brief lesson on crafting and using lockpicking tools on a spring-type padlock. Further lessons cover duplicating keys, home and auto locks, as well as car alarm systems.
Free locksmith courses can help a student determine if they are interested in a locksmithing career. However, HowToBecomeALocksmith.org suggests more formal training before actually beginning to work or before opening a business. The site author estimates that quality training costs between $600-$1000, lower for online training and more for in-person. This formal training helps to sharpen skills and gives professional credentials when looking for work or creating a business. When searching for more formal training, look for a course that provides the tools you need, hands-on training and a certification exam.