Is this course to expensive?????

I am thinking about enrolling on a three week locksmith course and I
am wondering if at this stage in my life 40 would I be throwing my
money away, wasting my time as I want to try and make a living from
this type of work. The course cost just over £2.000 and that does not
include accommodation.
I would be very grateful for any replies
Thanks for your time
i am from the Merseyside area England
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2,000 pounds is some serious coin. Perhaps your time would be better spent offering a months free labor to some locksmiths in your area. Or consider taking night classes to learn something new and improve your chances.
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Roger Shoaf
Roger's suggestions are good for a number of reasons - you need to find out if you like this trade before embarking on it for the long run. Starting up more gradually will give you more opportunity to learn about locksmithing and well as about yourself. With the night classes (if available) or even reading books and doing some learning on your own, you'll have a cheaper and more prolonged introduction. I'd also suggest learning about running a small business.
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Henry E Schaffer
I am not a trade professional by any means, but there is not any way you can be taught all you need to know in three weeks...
Roger has a good idea here... Offer yourself as an apprentice to a local professional... You could even start slowly doing it part-time while continuing your current job...
Three weeks and £2.000... Sounds like its a very expensive 'basics' course to me... Henry is also right, say you go to this course and find you don't like locksmithing... Then you have spent a lot of money to find out you don't like something... That can be quite a bitter pill to swallow...
Evan the Maintenance Man
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It's impossible to say really without knowing more about the course. $2000.00 is money you could put towards a good reference library or a good code machine.
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What works for me in the case of advertising. Ask for a copy of the current whatever it is -- phone book, map,e tc. Call several of the places who are advertising, and ask how it is working for them.
I'd be tempted to ask for a list of the graduates from two years ago, and telephone them. Ask them if it was worth it.
I don't know the exchange rate, but how many pounds does a typical worker earn in an hour or a day? Are we talking the cost of five weeks employ? Sure sounds expensive.
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Stormin Mormon
Without knowing a LOT more about the course -- what it covers, how many hours it takes to cover it, how much hands-on time vs. lexture time, who's teaching, and so on -- it's impossible to answer your question.
There are programs which charge that sort of tuition and are worth it -- but they're serious trade schools, not a single course.
Second the suggestions to ask graduates, and/or to look for a way to start cheap and then take the course only after you're convinced that it's an educational investment which will give you enough needed information to pay for itself.
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Joe Kesselman (yclept Keshlam
Ottawa Canada
L2,000 is a lot of money for a three week locksmithing course.
Before enrolling, ask to see a course outline and speak to graduates from a couple of years ago to see how they fared after completing the course.
The big problem with a very intense course like that is information overload.
You should be comfortable working with common hand tools and portable power tools before signing up for an intense course like this one.
You also want to know just what the course objective is.
e.g. to be able to install, repair, repin etc pin tumbler locks including those in a three-level master key system, or to also install, diagnose and repair card access systems both stand-alone and those using a central computer.
In addition to lock assemblies, locksmiths deal with exit door hardware (crash bars) of various types, electric strikes like apartment front doors often have, automotive locks, safe deposit box locks including drill-outs; office equipment and furniture locks; small safes (fire and money); jail locks; and high-end luggage locks to mention only some of the locks you may run into on the job.
Unless you specialize in safe work, you probably won't be working on large high security vaults as used by bankers and government.
In short there is an awful lot to know about locks to make you a well-rounded locksmith and three weeks is an awful short time to learn it in.
I suppose it can be done, but be prepared to work your butt off and eat, sleep and dream of locks and related hardware.
There are also alarm systems that locksmiths install from time to time and they can vary from ones that just sound a siren to ones that signal into a central station of an alarm company which calls the fire brigade or police etc.
Mind you, serious alarm systems are generally installed by specialists in alarm systems who work for major alarm companies such as Chubb, ADT, AMPATROL, Burns and the like.
Alarm installers and repairmen are not necessarily locksmiths and locksmiths are not necessarily alarm installers.
There are also survelience cameras and video recorders and even things as mundane as key stations for a watchman's DETEX clock.
Hope this gives you some things to consider before parting with 2,000 pounds Sterling for a three-week course.
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Brian K.Lingard

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