Locksmithing & Security Technology

The comprehensive Locksmithing & Security Technology program allows students to jump-start a locksmithing career and quickly earn a return on their educational investment. In the hands-on, nine-month program, students study with an experienced locksmith in small classes. The program will give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals and allows you to do high-quality work after graduating.

You’ll learn locksmithing through a combination of classroom theory, lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on benchwork, surveying, and installation. You’ll graduate with the ability to service and repair all types of residential and commercial door-locking devices. You’ll also be familiar with security technology such as electronic access control systems.

The program space includes individual benches for each student, a room for instruction and demonstration, a resource library, and all the major equipment and tools you would find in a locksmithing shop. Classes meet five days a week in the mornings, and after your second semester, you can work part-time while continuing to learn the trade in class.

Locksmithing & Security Technology Faculty

Barbara Baker LK ’04

Department Head Barbara Baker earned her NBSS Locksmithing & Security Technology diploma, studying with David Troiano. After graduating, she worked at Action Lock & Key with Michael Samra LK ’87. She continues to work part-time as a commercial hardware locksmith, specializing in installation and service, as well as on residential projects and benchwork. Barb also works as an electronic hardware technician in the growing field of powered access control. She holds an Electronic Engineering Technology Certificate, which provides extra value to our program curriculum. Barb is a board member of the Massachusetts Locksmiths Association and belongs to the Associated Locksmiths of America.

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Program topics include:

  • An introduction to locking hardware and proper application
  • Fitting keys by hand
  • Picking and servicing locks
  • Key identification
  • Key machine adjustment and key duplication
  • Cutting keys by code
  • Lock 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

Hours & Tuition

  • Students 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***).
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Locksmithing & Security Technology.
Tuition & Costs
  • Tuition is $21,000, with the option of making 9 monthly payments of $2,333.
  • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,900.
  • The estimated cost of books is $200.
  • The estimated cost of transportation, room, and board for the class trip is $100.

Visit the Financial Aid page for more details.

*The tuition rate is for students entering North Bennet Street School between September 2017 and June 2018.

**North Bennet Street School reserves the right to increase tuition in the second and subsequent years of a course. If the School does increase tuition for a course in subsequent years, that increase will not exceed 7.5% of the previous year’s tuition. Should the School exercise its right to increase tuition, the School must give the student a minimum of ninety (90) days written notice prior to the effective date of the increase and a new enrollment agreement will be executed.

*** Class hours equals clock hours.


The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) recognizes the clock hours students spend in our program toward certification. Students receive their Registered Locksmith Certificate upon recommendation by Barbara Baker, the department head.

At the end of the program, you’ll take the Proficiency Registration Program test here at the School. If you pass, you’ll become a Certified Registered Locksmith. Many states don’t require locksmiths to be registered, but you’ll need this certificate for government and institutional work.


We offer rolling admissions and accept students throughout the year. The LK program begins in September or February for students, and the the maximum enrollment is 8 for each class start (a total of 16 students enrolled).

We look for applicants who are reliable, patient, and mechanically inclined. They should have good eye/hand coordination and enjoy problem-solving.

Gainful Employment

Most graduates start working in established locksmithing shops doing general work, both in the shop and on the road. Some graduates become in-house locksmiths for businesses and institutions. Others work in specialty fields, such as automotive lock servicing. Some go on to start their own shops.

Learn more about locksmithing and security technology careers here.

View the School's gainful employment report on Locksmithing & Security Technology here.

Note: Due to privacy concerns, on-time completion rates are withheld when fewer than ten students in a graduating class received Title IV, or "federal," financial aid during their enrollment at NBSS. Because our programs are small, this information may be withheld or appear low in any given year.

Typical earnings rates are based on the earnings of our graduates as reported to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and therefore may not be an accurate reflection of potential earnings in a given field.
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Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.

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