Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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