Job requirements Locksmith in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "locksmith" was moved from the group Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. (NOC 7384) to the group Other technical trades and related occupations (NOC 72999).

Find out what you typically need to work as a locksmith in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. (NOC 72999).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program in a relevant trade, such as locksmith, recreation vehicle technician or saw fitter or College, high school or industry courses combined with several years of related work experience or Several years of on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification for locksmiths is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Trade certification for recreation vehicle service technicians is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Sawfiler/fitter and sawfitter trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • Provincial trade certification or licensing may be required for other occupations in this unit group.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified recreation vehicle service technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Commercial divers must meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z275.4-02, Competency Standard for Diving Operations.
  • Commercial divers require an Occupational Diver Certificate of Competency issued by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) or qualification earned through a formal education program, training courses in diving or a combination of education and practical experience.
  • Commercial divers require certification of competency and a diving medical examination from an approved hyperbaric physician.
  • Commercial divers may require military or police diving experience.
  • Commercial divers usually require a provincial blaster's licence for the setting and detonation of explosives.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Automotive Lock Bypass Worker Regulated Alberta Justice and Solicitor General,Security Programs
Locksmith; Cathodic Protection Technician - Level One; Cathodic Protection Technician - Level Two Regulated Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
British Columbia Marine Service Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Manitoba Regulated Apprenticeship Manitoba (available in French only)
New Brunswick Domestic Appliance Gas Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Recreation Vehicle Gas Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Locksmith Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades, Government of the Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Marine Service Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (available in French only)
Ontario Saw Filer/fitter Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Blacksmith Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Locksmith Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Filer Regulated Emploi Québec
Diver (construction) Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Regulated Emploi Québec
Saskatchewan Pesticide Applicator Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Yukon Saw Filer/fitter Non-regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Non-regulated Apprenticeship and Tradesperson Qualifications, Yukon Education

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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