Advance Your Career with Lishi Approved Training!

Lishi Tools have become part of a locksmith’s career through the years. They are not just easy to use, but when used and handled correctly, it will last a lifetime. Having the proper knowledge, understanding, and training in using them primarily as a locksmith is necessary.

Because of this, Locksmith Training School caters Lishi Approved Training that aims to promote excellence in every locksmith work. Each Training will have certified trainers who have extensive knowledge and expertise in the field to train locksmiths!

Locksmiths generally do not need a specialized degree, but completing a formal training program is ideal for most locksmiths who are eyeing to be successful in the field. Indeed, becoming a locksmith requires a wide range of skills that you have to continue improving over time.

Why Choose Locksmith Training School?

Whether you are a beginner starting your career to become a locksmith or you are an experienced individual who basically wants to broaden your skills to earn more successfully, or you could be someone who is looking to boost your locksmith skills into the area of Auto Locksmith work, Locksmith Training School got it all for you.

Look no further because you can train to be a certified locksmith technician at Locksmith Training School! There are five different modules of in-person locksmith training that you can take at your own pace.

In Locksmith Training School, you have the option to choose from its five training modules that are tailored to your choice of skills, what you want, and need to learn. As you go along with your choice of training, you can definitely apply what you learn by working right away. You also have the option to take all five courses that would cover all the essential skills you need to learn – from the simple car and home lockouts and lock changes to more advanced ones such as car key replacement and business access control services.

If you want to train specifically into the area of Auto Locksmithing, you will learn, such as Auto-Lock Opening, Lock Decoding, and Key Cutting!

Auto-Lock Opening

In this course, all the basics of Auto locks and methods of entry will be covered. Primarily, Lishi Picks and Non-Destructive Entry will be highly emphasized, although other tools will be highlighted as well. Taking this course will equip you on how to gain entry into a car without damaging its locks.

Lock Decoding and Key Cutting

For a more advanced course, this will give you extensive knowledge about locks. Here you will be taught how to decode a lock and cut keys using the information you learned from decoding. The course includes modules that will further go through topics like Transponders. This course will equip you with knowledge on how to gain entry into a vehicle, decoding locks, cutting new keys, and re-program transponders. Eventually, as you learn more, you will be able to deliver services to the general public when it comes to Auto Car Opening, Key Cutting, and Transponder Programming!

Formal training programs mostly cover the basics of locksmithing. It includes locksmith mechanism structure, security, and safety features, how to pick locks, repair it, and how to make keys. You can choose the training path that you think best fits your goals in your journey of becoming a locksmith.

The training could last from one to five weeks, depending on your set pace for yourself. On the job training, and hands-on practices are offered where you can learn quickly and eventually apply it to earn promptly. And at the end of each course, there is an examination covering the skills gained during the training.

Locksmith Training School holds professional certification and license, which prove its credibility and skills in this competitive field.

Lishi Tools and Non-Destructive Auto Locksmith

Have you locked yourself out of your car? Gaining entry to a locked vehicle sounds challenging, especially for people who don’t have any knowledge about auto locksmithing. There are, in fact, many ways on how to gain access to a vehicle, but not all of them are non-destructive.

Ways to Gain Access to a Vehicle

Some use airbags with wire levers while others use rakes in which it rubs over the wafers in the lock for them to move.

Rakes or Inner Groove picks mainly work for older vehicles with nonlaser cut keys. It rubs the wafers for them to move to the open position. This method of vehicle entry isn’t ideal because it damages the wafers. You will gain access to your locked vehicle, but you will have to replace the car’s lock as well, giving you additional costly expenses.

Using an airbag in the car’s door will create a space that is enough for a wire to fit and hook a door lock or move a handle. But you have to take note that wires can often scratch the car interior while the airbags can create a big gap and bend the car’s door in its frame. You will notice this when you are driving, and you can hear the wind getting into the car.

While those methods don’t smoothly work, Lishi tools have been manufactured to pick the lock, accurately and safely. Using Lishi tools is totally non-destructive to the door, the frame, or the locks.

Lishi Tools

There are three different types of Lishi products commonly used in auto locksmithing: Lishi Picks, Lishi Decoders, and Lishi 2-in-1 Picks/Decoder.

What’s the difference between these products? What is the benefits or advantage of each?

When you get locked out of your car, Lishi Pick is the tool to use to open the car lock. Most instances of lock-outs, people forgot their keys inside their car – this will require to gain entry to the car quickly, and with no damage. You can either use Lishi Pick or the Lishi 2-in-1 Pick/Decoder. Lishi picks work smoothly to move each wafer in the lock one at a time, leaving it with no damage. But these picks require an extent of skills and a lot of practice.

For instance, you lose your key or had them stolen; what you will need is Lishi Decoder. Auto Locksmith needs to find the code of the key from the lock and then cut a key – this is what you called Lock Decoding. Lishi Decoder is basically a tool finding every wafer in the lock and specifying the size of the wafer.

There are types of locks that need to be opened first before you can decode it. While there are other locks that you can decode even it is still locked. Here, the Auto Locksmith needs to lock decode, key cut, and then open the lock using the key he cuts. When you are hiring an Auto Locksmith to decode locks, make sure he offers a key cutting service as well.

Lishi 2-in-1 Pick/Decoders are the ideal tools of all because it is designed to open and decode a lock at the same time! It works faster, making it easy for the Auto Locksmith to do the job. In under 3 minutes, the locks can be picked open and decoded.

Are you interested in becoming a locksmith or specialize in Auto Locksmithing? Train to be a certified locksmith technician at Locksmith Training School! Get started today! Call (480) 238-2140.

Preliminary Preparations for Becoming a Locksmith

Pursuing a locksmith career doesn’t require rigorous requirements, but this field can be just as competitive as any other career. In that note, having further training and certification is a huge advantage to be successful in becoming a locksmith.

But first, the following are ways you may consider to do as preliminary preparations for becoming a locksmith.

Career Research

Does your state require you to have an official license?

It is very important to have significant knowledge before pursuing a locksmith career. Consider researching detailed requirements for your state because some may require you to acquire a license before you can proceed to practice the job.

How many hours does a locksmith work?

Locksmith’s working hours may vary. Some locksmiths work during the usual business hours if they are working in a shop. On-site visits to their customers are also possible. Whether you need to assist a customer who is locked out of a house and building or could be on-site to install locks, as a locksmith, you have to expect to visit customers on-site and the majority of the time, working hours are an “on-call” schedule.

Being prepared to pick up emergency calls outside of regular business hours is necessary when pursuing a locksmith career. In fact, the most successful locksmiths usually spend around 60-80 hours per week on locksmithing tasks. For the self-employed locksmiths, on top of locksmithing hours of duties, they also spend another 20-40 hours per week for administrative responsibilities and to market themselves.

Although locksmiths are on-call and available many hours a day and most days of the week, it is not as hectic as any other careers that can consume all your time. Locksmiths can still enjoy and have relaxed days.

What are the variations of a locksmith’s job?

Becoming a locksmith requires a wide range of skills. Installation and repair of locks for automobiles, safes, houses, and buildings, to name a few. Other forms of assistance, such as duplicating keys, are also part of locksmithing duties.

How much can a locksmith make?

Just like any other job, locksmiths earning can grow over time as they progress experiences and expand their skills. The basic annual salary for locksmiths, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $37,560 (as of May 2012). Employment in this field is assessed slower than average because it is only predicted to grow at 7% between 2012 and 2022. Beginners or trainees often start at a minimum wage.

Independent contractor technicians can make about $50,000-$100,000/year! They make more income because their focus is only on locksmithing while a company works to market them and fulfill administrative duties. Working with an established locksmith company that caters to marketing and administrative duties would be ideal as you advance your locksmithing career!

Consider Obtaining a High School Diploma

Becoming a locksmith is definitely not an easy job. Receiving basic education will give you the fundamental knowledge in understanding more progressive mechanical precepts a locksmith job entails. The majority of states would require you to at least obtain your high school diploma to qualify as a professional locksmith.

Improve your Skills

A locksmith career is all about a broad range of skills. Honing it, and improving these skills further will help you to be a more successful and in-demand locksmith.

Good eye-hand coordination and spatial thinking skills are necessary for locksmith duties. You can improve these by enrolling at your community college if you are already a graduate or taking courses such as basic electronics, physics, carpentry, metalwork, or mechanical drawing if you are still in High School. Gaining as much hands-on experience that you could get would be really helpful.

Experience is always the best teacher so, if you decide to take a formal training program, undergoing apprenticeship as well will provide you with both specialized/technical and administrative tasks. It will also cover all aspects of the locksmith profession through its hands-on training! Even though most apprenticeships are unpaid, it is still beneficial for you to become a locksmith successfully. With apprenticeship on your portfolio, you can get more chances of becoming a professional locksmith!

Exemplifying sufficient customer service skills are also needed. Eventually, you would need marketing abilities as well if you plan to venture on your own locksmithing business in the future.

Locksmiths generally do not need a specialized degree, but completing a formal training program is ideal for most locksmiths who are eyeing to be successful in the field.

Indeed, becoming a locksmith requires a wide range of skills that you have to continue improving over time.

Is it important to gain experience first from an established locksmith business?

All newbie in every career needs to gain experience and establish their portfolio. Most companies would likely consider hiring applicants who have experience in the job they are applying to. It is the same for a locksmith career. Working for an established locksmith business in the early stages of your career is an advantage.

You can search and check various companies or businesses such as Department Stores, Security Equipment Manufacturers, or any that at least cater services like key-cutting. These businesses would likely offer you at least an entry-level experience to kick-off your career’s early stage.

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How often & when should you change your locks?

Your locks should be changed whenever you move into a new home or any time you suspect someone you don’t know/trust may have access to your home.

Unlike a forcible break-in, someone with a copy of your key can come and go undetected until you either notice missing items or, worse, discover and confront them in your home.

One way to change your locks is to have them re-keyed—changing the inside pinning so the old key no longer works and a new, differently cut key will work. Another way is to replace the locks entirely so the key for the old locks won’t fit in the keyhole.

There are options for upgrading the security level of your existing locks and brands and security levels can vary. Tell your locksmith what you want to achieve and ask for your options.

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For more home security tips, read the full article Top Experts Answer the Most Urgent Home Security Questions on Redfin.com

Unlock antique steamer trunk with a figure 8 lock

We recently had the opportunity to assist a customer by opening the lock on an old antique steamer trunk in which the key had mistakenly been locked inside.

Steamer trunks or old travel trunks, although not used as much these days for travel, are great for decoration and storage for blankets, cloths, photo albums or any smaller items you want to store. Problem is that it's easy to lock and the misplace or lose keys that you rarely use or, due to age, the lock may stick and the key no longer work. While not always the most secure lock, simply prying open the figure 8 lock (called a figure 8 due to the way the lock looks when the latch is open) that is on many of these trucks can also damage the lock or the trunk itself. An expert locksmith may be able to open the lock for you with causing damage to the lock or trunk.

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Tips on How to Secure Your Home for Cheap

Discount Locksmith on local ABC15 Arizona news, sharing tips on how to affordably improve your home security.

On a recent local news segment, Discount Locksmith had the opportunity to offer advice and demonstrate ways in which you can easily and affordably improve your home security.

To start, just the appearance of security can help deter would be burglars. Most burglars are looking for easy targets and simple things such as alarm and security yard signs and window stickers may be enough to convince robbers to skip your home and move on to an easier target. There are also lot's of cheap upgrades you can make to help secure your home such as door security bars, window locks and door flip latches. You also want to make sure all exterior doors have reinforced frames, deadbolts, and that sliding doors have pins to prevent the door from being lifted off the tracks and a security bar to prevent the door from sliding open. Many door locks and deadbolts can be easily picked so it's recommended to install high security locks that are almost impossible to pick or bump. For more info about high security locks and keys, click the link below:

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24/7 Home and Business Door Lock Repair and Rekey

Lost keys, broken or worn out locks that stick or won’t turn? Rather than replacing the entire door lock knob or handle, the quicker and more affordable option is to repair or rekey the existing lock. This can be done by removing and replacing the existing lock cylinder with a new one or just replacing the pins inside the lock cylinder.

Lock Cylinder Replacement

Technicians can remove the existing lock cylinder form the knob or handles and then replace it with a new cylinder. They can either make you new keys for the lock or set up the new cylinder pins to work with your existing keys.

Rekey Door Lock

Another option is rather than replacing the entire lock cylinder, technicians can remove the existing cylinder and then just replace the springs and pins within the cylinder so that it works like new. Again, the technician can either set up the repaired cylinder with new keys or rekey the cylinder to work with your existing keys.

Discount Locksmith of Tucson technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency lockout services, locks repairs, installations or to make new replacement keys. Call now for either immediate service or to schedule an appointment.

Door Lock Rekey

Door Lock Rekey and Repair | Home – Auto – Business

Lost keys, broken or worn out locks that stick or won’t turn? Rather than replacing the entire door lock knob or handle, the quicker and more affordable option is to repair or rekey the existing lock. This can be done by removing and replacing the existing lock cylinder with a new one or just replacing the pins inside the lock cylinder.

Lock Cylinder Replacement

Technicians can remove the existing lock cylinder form the knob or handles and then replace it with a new cylinder. They can either make you new keys for the lock or set up the new cylinder pins to work with your existing keys.

Rekey Door Lock

Another option is rather than replacing the entire lock cylinder, technicians can remove the existing cylinder and then just replace the springs and pins within the cylinder so that it works like new. Again, the technician can either set up the repaired cylinder with new keys or rekey the cylinder to work with your existing keys.

Discount Locksmith locksmith technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency lockout services, locks repairs, installations or to make new replacement keys. Call now for either immediate service or to schedule an appointment.

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Exit Door Panic Bar Repair and Installation

exit door push barDiscount Locksmith‘s fast and professional locksmith technicians are available 24h hours a day, seven days a week for business installation and repair services. Call toll free Nationwide (855) 766-8899

Commercial Exit Door Panic Bar Installation

Business fire and safety codes require crash bar devices on most exit doors.   Need a new exit door crash bar installed or have an existing push bar handle that needs an upgrade? Our expert commercial locksmiths can install your new emergency exit door handle so that your business is in compliance with exit doors in proper working order.

Exit Door Crash Bar Repair and Maintenance

Need repairs or preventative maintenance work done on the exit door crash bar locks and handles at your business? Our techs can repair broken handles and locks or replace old work out handle components.

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Desk and File Cabinet Lock Repair and Drawer Replacement Keys

Do you have broken locks on your filing cabinets? Stuck desk and cabinet drawers with bent lock latches that prevent drawers from opening or closing? Lost the keys for your desk or storage cabinet drawer locks? Discount Locksmith mobile technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for file cabinet lock service, repair and replacement in Tucson.

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Filing cabinet lock repair and installation.

Worn out or broken file cabinet lock?

We can open locked file cabinets and repair or replace your file cabinet lock. We can also rekey the lock and make you new or duplicate keys or we can replace the broken file cabinet lock with a new lock and new key.

Jammed file cabinet drawers?

File cabinet drawers can become jammed and difficult to open or close due to misalignment or bent locks latches. Discount Locksmith can service and repair your filing cabinet and desk drawers back into working order.

Lost filing cabinet key?

If you’ve lost or broken your filing cabinet keys or the if the keys and locks have become too worn out to work properly, we can make new or duplicate keys. We can also rekey the lock cylinder to work with existing keys.

Need to install a lock on existing filing cabinets?

If you have filing cabinets that don't have locks  there are a couple options available. Depending on the make, model and style of your file cabinets, we can either add drawer locks or we can add a cabinet bar that, when in place and locked, prevents cabinet drawers from being opened.

Do you have a stuck desk drawer?

Lost the keys to your desk drawer or have an old broken or worn out desk door lock? We can replace the lock on your metal or wooden desk drawers with new locks or rekey the existing drawer locks. We can also make you new or replacement drawer keys.