How to Become a Locksmith in Florida

By Jamie M. Kisner
Florida locksmiths may work for themselves or as employees at businesses.

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Becoming a locksmith in Florida requires skills in changing and copying keys. As of 2010, Florida has not updated the law to require locksmiths to be licensed. However, it is prudent to check with the state regarding any upcoming changes. Locksmiths are usually used in emergencies and may have access to personal belongings. Therefore, protecting yourself against liability is strongly suggested. To start, a potential locksmith should begin learning from an experienced instructor.

Take a course online or at a local college. Research the best option for your schedule. If you opt to take the class in a traditional setting, the information can be found in the community education section of a school or institute website. Sign up for the next available class and pay the appropriate fee stipulated by the selected provider.

Obtain an internship or apprenticeship from an active locksmith. You will need hands-on experience to work in this profession. Also, some colleges will likely require training as part of the curriculum to prove your skills. Inquire about joining an association and advertising methods from experienced locksmiths. Refer to the resource section for more details.

Keep up with the current developments of Florida laws. At this time, Florida does not require any formal licensing, but it is likely to be added soon. Determine any new applicable information by visiting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.

About the Author

Jamie M. Kisner currently works as a South Florida entrepreneur of JMK Notary & Services and a Miami-Dade College instructor. During her spare time, she writes online content for a variety of sites, including eHow, Digital Journal, Bukisa and Homeless Voice. She holds a master's degree in business administration from Florida's Nova Southeastern University.

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