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Program Details

Penn Foster offers a Diploma program in Professional Locksmithing. Students engage in taking six Instruction Sets to learn the course materials. By taking a program in Professional Locksmithing, students have the capability to learn the skills necessary for employment for a locksmith career. The students launch their studies by understanding the definition of locksmithing and employment opportunities. In Lock and Keys, students study basic types of locks, key parts, and standard tools used by locksmiths. Students identify key characteristics by comparing blank and original keys.

In Lock Mechanisms, students study the operation of warded locks, disk tumbler locks, lever locks, and padlock construction and operation. In this course students also are taught how combination locks work.

Students partake in a course titled Residential Locks, training them in the installation of key-in-knob locks, deadbolts, and rim locks. Students are trained in key duplication both by hand and by machine, and how to duplicate cylinder keys.

By learning various methods of opening locks, students practice lock-picking techniques, making key impressions, as well as emergency techniques for forcing open a lock.

In Home and Business Security, students study how to improve security in home and business settings. As part of this course, students are taught about security in industrial settings and perform a security analysis.

For Automotive Locks, students replace lock cylinders in doors, trunks and ignitions, and service auto lock cylinders. The students practice safe maintenance and repair techniques. Students change safe combinations and make key for safe deposit boxes. The course Panic-Hardware and Electric Locks features topics of basic panic-hardware devices, repairing panic-hardware, and the installation of electric locks.  

The final Set includes basic types of alarm systems, designing alarm systems, and troubleshooting an alarm system.

By completing the Professional Locksmithing program, students should have learned the necessary skills and techniques for employment in Professional Locksmithing.

Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.