Are you looking to become a locksmith in Texas? If so, you'll need to obtain a license from the Texas Department of Public Safety (PSB). To be eligible for a license, you must meet certain criteria and pass an exam. In this article, we'll explain the process of getting a locksmith license in Texas. In order to obtain a locksmith license in Texas, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Have no criminal record
- Successfully complete a basic locksmith competence exam that covers a minimum of twelve (1) locksmith subjects and that is approved by the department
After submitting your application, you will need to take and pass the locksmith exam. The exam consists of two parts: a written portion and a practical portion. The written portion covers topics such as lock installation, lock repair, key duplication, and security systems. The practical portion requires you to demonstrate your ability to install and repair locks. Once you have passed both portions of the exam, you will be issued your license. To maintain the locksmith license, Texas locksmiths must complete continuing education units each year.
According to chapter 35,291 of the Texas Administrative Code (Continuing Education Courses), locksmiths must complete a total of sixteen (1) hours of continuing education every two (years). In the first year, seven (hours) must be dedicated to a subject related to locksmithing and one (hour) must be dedicated to ethics. In the second year, eight (hours) in a subject related to locksmithing. Qualified managers can take a one-hour course on changes in laws and regulations applicable to the security industry, as a substitute for the ethical requirement. Getting a locksmith license in Texas is not an easy process but it is worth it if you want to become a professional locksmith.
With the right training and dedication, you can become an expert in the field and provide valuable services to your clients.