Locksmith & Home Security Technician
Penn Foster

Program Details

Penn Foster offers a Diploma program in Locksmith & Home Security Technician. Students engage in taking six Instruction Sets to learn the course materials. By taking a program in Locksmith & Home Security Technician, students have the capability to learn the skills necessary to take the first step toward employment for a locksmith career. The students launch their studies by understanding the definition of locksmithing and employment opportunities. In Locks and Key Mastering, 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 Fundamentals of Home Security, students learn about locksmithing in electronic security, circuit analysis, and low voltage electricity.

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 detection and alarm systems, close circuit television and recording options, and system management software.

By completing


This program requires a minimum of 8th grade education.

School Accreditation Statement

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.

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