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Certificate III in Locksmithing

Apprenticeship Code: MEM30819

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Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.





3 years part time


3 years part time


You must be employed as an apprentice.

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MEM30819 Certificate III in Locksmithing is only being offered to complete existing apprentices.

Join a dynamic, high-demand industry

Equip yourself with the skills to succeed in the constantly evolving locksmith industry. Completed as part of an apprenticeship, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Locksmithing provides you with practical, hands-on training in the latest locksmithing technologies and methods. The global home security market was set to exceed $32 billion in 2019 and continue growing. Keep pace with the newest innovations in this space with this industry-approved course.

Learn in real world scenarios

Get a good grasp of day-to-day life as a locksmith with our practical learning approaches. You’ll practice real world scenarios using the machines, software and techniques used by locksmiths everyday. At Melbourne Polytechnic, our teachers are experienced, practicing locksmiths who can guide you as you practice in a fully equipped workshop and use industry software such as Instacode. Connect with the locksmithing industry by joining our community and embarking on a course recognised by the Locksmith Guild of Australia and the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia.

Secure a bright future in a crucial trade

Skilled locksmiths have a variety of in-demand skills from lock picking to programming digital security systems. As a qualified locksmith, you can choose to focus on a specialised area of the physical security trade such as electronic access systems or automotive locksmithing. You might work for a security company, emergency services or even set your own schedule with your own locksmithing business.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

The security industry is large and diverse and includes fields such as locksmithing, electronic access and automotive work.
  • Electronic Access System Engineer
  • Alarm System Engineer
  • Automotive Locksmith
  • Domestic Locksmith
  • CCTV System Engineer
  • Vault Technician
  • Safe Technician
  • Commercial Locksmith

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Thursday November 5th

Set your course to become an apprentice in a trade. As an apprentice, you can earn as you learn. This webinar looks at finding and applying to your ideal program for a nationally accredited qualification. 


Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended

Class Schedule

Day and block release
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include observation tasks, simulation tasks, written assessments and tests.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPPSEC2021A Install security equipment and systems Elective 40
CPPSEC3036A Program security equipment and system Elective 20
CPPSEC3037A Test installed security equipment and system Elective 12
CPPSEC3038A Commission and decommission security equipment and system Elective 16
CPPSEC3039A Identify and diagnose electronic security equipment and system fault Elective 20
CPPSEC3041A Maintain and service security equipment and system Elective 24
CPPSEC3047A Provide estimate and quote on security system Elective 20
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing Core 40
MEM11011 Core 20
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements Core 30
MEM12024 Core 30
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering Core 40
MEM14006 Core 40
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information Core 20
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology Core 20
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training Core 20
MEM18001 Use hand tools Core 20
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations Core 20
MEM20001 Produce keys Elective 40
MEM20002 Assemble and test lock mechanisms Elective 60
MEM20003 Install and upgrade locks and hardware Elective 40
MEM20004 Gain entry Elective 40
MEM20006 Maintain and service mechanical locking devices Elective 60
MEM20007 Plan and prepare a masterkey system Elective 60
MEM20009 Gain entry and reinstate fire and security containers Elective 40
MEM20010 Gain entry and reinstate automotive locking systems Elective 40
MEM20011 Service and repair fire and security containers Elective 60
MEM20012 Service and repair mechanical automotive locking systems Elective 60
MEM20014 Perform a site security survey Elective 20
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1130 $ 5650 $22350
Materials fee $1300 $ 1300 $1300
Maximum annual amenities $175 $ 250 $250
Total payable $2605 $ 7200 $23900
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Resource books are online and we will supply you with student workbooks. You will need to purchase your hand tools (compulsory) and PPE including safety boots (compulsory), safety glasses (compulsory) and earmuffs (optional).

Scholarships on offer

'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for.  And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'

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You must be employed as an apprentice to enrol in this course.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract on DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

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