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Apprenticeship / Trades


Locksmiths install, service and repair locks, originate and duplicate keys, on residential, automotive, commercial and institutional locksets. They also may install and maintain more sophisticated security, access control, and security camera systems. For more information, see the Designated Trades Profile section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.


Security Programs
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
P.O. Box 1023 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2M1

Call toll-free within Alberta: 1-877-462-0791

For a list of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (


Under Alberta’s Security Services and Investigators Act [pdf] and Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation [pdf], you must be licensed by the Government of Alberta to possess locksmith tools or work on locking devices or master key systems, maintain key code records, or cut, make or sell keys or other lock-operating devices for which duplication is restricted.

Under Alberta’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act [pdf], locksmith apprentices must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to learn the trade.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship in Alberta is 3 years (three 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction in each year.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices.

Working in Alberta

Locksmiths trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they are licensed and hold a certificate recognized by Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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