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 Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s 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 the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Locksmith Trade Regulation [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 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. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.
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 (tradesecrets.alberta.ca)