Locksmithing and Security Technology

This unique locksmithing and security technology school in Boston allows students to jump-start a locksmithing career and quickly earn a return on their educational investment. Unlike online courses, in the hands-on, full-time, 9-month program students learn from a master locksmith in small classes. Most students work in the field while enrolled.

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At NBSS, locksmithing is learned by doing. The intensive, nine-month program combines classroom theory, lectures and demonstrations with hands-on bench work and field work experience. This practical approach to locksmithing education is highly regarded by professional organizations, manufacturers and suppliers. Classes meet five mornings/week and end at 12:30 pm, allowing students to work while learning the trade. The Locksmithing and Security Technology program’s thorough grounding in the fundamentals also provides sufficient time for practice allowing students to do high-quality work upon graduation.

Program topics include:  

  • An introduction to locking hardware and their proper application
  • Fitting keys by hand
  • Picking and servicing locks
  • Key identification
  • Key machine adjustment and key duplication
  • Cutting keys by codeLock servicing and repair
  • Master keying
  • High security cylinder locks pin and master keying
  • Lock installation
  • Auxiliary door hardware
  • Safe manipulation and servicing
  • Access control systems
  • Setting up a locksmithing shop  

Graduates are able to service and repair all types of residential and commercial door-locking devices, set up a master-key system, install locks, service automotive locks and open safes without combinations, and, they are familiar with electronic and mechanical access control systems.


The Locksmithing and Security Technology department is located in the main building at 150 North Street and includes individual bench space for each student, a large room for instruction and demonstration and all the major equipment and tools found in a large, well-equipped locksmithing shop. The department has state-of-the-art computer equipment and a resource library. 


Barbara Baker

Barbara Baker earned her NBSS Locksmithing diploma in 2004 after studying with David Troiano. Upon graduation, she began working at Action Lock & Key with 1987 NBSS graduate Michael Samra. She continues to work part-time as a commercial hardware locksmith specializing in the installation and service of a wide variety of products as well as residential projects and shop bench work. In the growing field of powered access control, Barbara’s work as an electronic hardware technician – she holds an Electronic Engineering Technology Certificate – provides added value in the NBSS Locksmithing & Security Technology classroom. She is a board member of Massachusetts Locksmiths Association and belongs to the Associated Locksmiths of America. Barbara enjoys teaching and mentoring students in this exciting and ever-evolving field.  

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The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), an international association of locksmithing professionals,now recognizes the clock hours students spend in the locksmith program at North Bennet Street School toward certification. If recommended by Barbara Baker, the department head, students automatically receive their Registered Locksmith certificates.

If, at the end of the program, students take and pass the Proficiency Registration Program test, administered at the school, they receive a Certified Registered Locksmith certificate. Although many states do not require locksmiths to be registered or certified, these certifications are necessary for government work and most institutional work.


Most graduates begin work in established locksmithing shops doing general work both in the shop and on the road. Projects might include: repairing locks, fitting keys, master-keying and lock installing. Some graduates become in-house locksmiths for businesses and institutions while others work in specialty fields, such as automotive lock servicing, or establish their own shops. Read more about locksmithing careers here

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NBSS offers rolling admissions and accepts qualified applicants throughout the year. Locksmithing and Security Technology offers enrollment in both the Fall and Spring. Successful applicants are reliable, patient, and mechanically inclined. They have good eye/hand coordination and enjoy problem solving. Learn more about the admissions process.


  • Students are admitted in September and February.
  • The maximum enrollment is 13 students.
  • Classes meet 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday - Friday, September through May. 
  • The program length is one, nine-month academic year (36 weeks or 900 class hours***). 
  • Tuition is $20,900*, with the option of making 9 monthly payments of $2,322.
  • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,500.
  • The estimated cost of books is $200.
  • The estimated cost of transportation, room, and board for the class trip is $100. 
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Locksmithing & Security Technology.

*The tuition rate is for students entering North Bennet Street School between September 2016 and June 2017.

*** Class hours equals clock hours.

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“I was interested in owning my business. I wanted to get out on the road and meet people. With NBSS’s hands-on training I felt well prepared to enter the locksmithing field.”

Michael Samra
Owner, Action Lock & Key
Burlington, Massachusetts