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Apprenticeship / Trades


Locksmiths install, adjust and repair locks, make keys and change lock combinations on residential, automotive, commercial and institutional locksets and door hardware. They also may install and maintain more sophisticated security systems. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


Security Programs
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Edmonton, Alberta  
Toll-free within Alberta: 1-877-462-0791

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices
Tradesecrets website: (click on "Contact Us")


Under Alberta's Security Services and Investigators Act and Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation, you must be licensed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General to possess locksmith tools or be paid to 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 the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Locksmith Trade Regulation, locksmith apprentices must be registered with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to learn the trade.

What You Need

Applicants for a locksmith licence must have a trade certificate or approved equivalent. The term of apprenticeship for apprentice locksmiths in Alberta is four years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training in each year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Locksmiths trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they are licensed and hold a certificate recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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