Introducing: Penn Foster’s Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Locksmithing Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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Our online Locksmith and Home Security Technician Training Program is designed with career readiness in mind. Through interactive lessons, simulations, and how-to videos, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for a career as a locksmith or home security professional.


The Key to a Satisfying Career

Penn Foster's Locksmithing Program can help you gain the skills needed to start your own business or begin an entry-level career in locksmithing.

If you’re looking for a career that you can train for from home, Penn Foster’s online Locksmith and Home Security Technician Training can help you take the first steps. Complete your courses at your own pace—earn your Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma on your time.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program

  • How to identify roles and career opportunities for locksmiths and home security technicians.
  • How to identify, create, and duplicate keys.
  • How to differentiate types of locks, and the common methods and tools used to open locks without keys.
  • How to recognize the components of a common mechanical safe lock and the procedures used to dial open, service, and change combinations.

Penn Foster’s Online Locksmith & Home Security Technician Career Diploma Program

In Penn Foster's online Locksmith and Home Security Tech Training Program, you'll learn the skills and knowledge essential to prepare for an entry-level job through interactive animations, simulations, and videos. The program is self-paced, meaning you can learn on your own schedule from home. Your online courses include:

  • Introduction to Keys
  • Locks and Key Mastering
  • Fundamentals of Home Security
  • Home Security Wiring
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program FAQs

How do you become a locksmith? 

Locksmiths generally have a high school diploma or equivalency and have completed vocational training in the field. From there, you can prepare to work for an established company or start your own business in your area.

What is the average hourly wage of a locksmith? 

Locksmiths working in the field have an average pay of $24.14 per hour, as of 2022.* Depending on where you work and whether you’re an on-call locksmith, you can potentially earn more per hour.

What does a locksmith do on a daily basis? 

Locksmiths make and repair keys, take service calls and perform repairs as needed, install and maintain electronic home security systems, and more.

What industry can I work in as a locksmith? 

Many locksmiths find work in a local shop or open their own locksmith business. However, skilled locksmiths and home security technicians also work for schools, local government, hospitals, security service companies, or any business that has locks or the need for facilities support professionals.

What are the requirements to become a locksmith? 

To become a locksmith, you’ll typically be required to complete at least entry-level education and long-term on-the-job training. Many locksmiths learn the foundational knowledge needed for the field through a combination of post-secondary education and hands-on training.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Locksmiths and Safe Repairers." Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Accessed October 2, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.