1) Too late now but... You didn't pay the first price they gave you did
you? They usually drop the price a couple of times if you don't "bite"
right away. I've heard of them dropping the original price by half.
2) They will teach you the basics. Don't fool yourself by thinking that
once you finish their (or anyone elses) course that you will be an
experienced locksmith, ready to set the world on fire. If you go to work
for someone, don't expect to get paid very much at first (you'll still have
a lot to learn).
If you try to start your own business, make sure you join a local
association and get to know your colleages. You _are_ going to need their
Next thing.... all the Belsaw graduates I've met proudly proclaim themselves
"certified locksmiths" but not one can tell me what certified means. Their
usual answer is "they do it right through the course".
Well, you'd be wise to know what certified means, and what it allows you to
Mr. DeWeese is right about the rest of it. My Dad and I took the Locksmith
Institute course, and that taught us about 6-10% of what I needed to know
right off the bat. And I keep learning.
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certified means. Their
it allows you to
took the Locksmith
needed to know
Locksmith Institute Course ?
I took that course back around 1980.
I still can't believe they recommended a Dealer to R&R a GM
we all know better than that :-)
To repeat what we've said in the FAQ:
"Certified" generally means "Someone handed you a certificate" -- in
other words, it generally means you completed a correspondence course.
It's pure marketing. Ignore it.
If you want competence testing, ALOA runs some nice tough tests which
you aren't likely to pass unless you've been working as a fulltime
locksmith for several years and/or have Seriously Studied for them. They
also cost a significant amount for testing fees, which is itself a
legitimate way of screening out those who aren't serious about the
It means nothing. It allows nothing. It just means the folks who run the
course know your name and may or may not be willing to admit that to
It means the same thing it's meant everytime you've made this statement. That
they have a certification from FB that they passed the FB course. Just like you
receive a certification for virtually any course or exam you take. I don't
think it's meaning could be anymore obvious. How valuable or not a
certification it may be is another matter, although in many cases it will at
least allow the certification holder to buy from legitimate suppliers when they
might otherwise not be able to do so.
So why don't you explain it?