These are actually the famous last words of a certain movie. (Know what it is? Comment below!) But does a Locksmith just handle doors and locks? What more is there to Locksmithing?
In brief, a Locksmith can best be described as a "Diversified Tradesman." The earliest Locksmiths were blacksmiths and metalworkers with mechanical minds and refined motor skills. They were the magicians who could fix anything, get in anywhere and invent anything that was needed. It was all part of their highly refined, diversified trade skills.
These remain the skills and characteristics
Recognizing this fact, the province of Alberta began regulating the trade in 2011. This was to insure a higher level of security for customers (and regulate break-in tools) as well as to provide a specific training requirement.
This means that, like all other professional trades, a Locksmith must attend a 4 year apprenticeship program at a designated institution.
Once a Certified Journeyman Locksmith (CJL), maintaining a Security License with the Solicitor's General of Alberta yearly is required to do business. This License requires liability insurance and criminal record checks yearly.
The 4 year Apprentice Journeyman Program covers, among other trade specifics, in depth study of keys and keying systems (auto and door), commercial and residential doors and hardware, security survey, access control systems and master-keying.
Hands-on training involves refining skills in electrical, welding, carpentry and lock/safe manipulation and entry.
A trained Locksmith should be able to disassemble, repair and reassemble your locking mechanism promptly and proficiently when doing so is in your best interest financially. He should know what hardware will meet your specific needs and have access to products and tools not available to the general public.
Locksmiths can offer key-controlled systems, re-keying services and many other trade specific skills not offered by general contractors. They are also helpful in aiding in residential repair from forced entry (owner or otherwise) and advising homeowners on how to secure their property.
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