How to Become Certified

Often I’m asked where do you go to learn the trade? What is the certification process? The Belsaw Foley Institute is the only national school I know of, though I’m sure there are plenty of vocational schools that offer courses on this. Being a third generation locksmith I grew up in the trade, as did a lot of locksmiths I know. In my opinion, this is the best way, as you are immersed in the trade from a young age and grow up with a network of family and friends to reach out to for help if needed. At this time in Colorado, there is no certification needed unless you’re installing certain electronic locks, at which point a permit may be required. On one hand the lack of a licensing requirements make it easier for the little guy to get into the trade, but on the other this is probably part of the reason the industry is rife with fraud. This is why when choosing a locksmith you always want to be sure that they are reputable and insured. This is also why if you’re starting out you should get insured and join up with an organization like the NASTF, ALOA or the Rocky Mountain Locksmith Associaton, this will help show your legitimacy.