Frequently Asked Questions
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Q, Why do you only allow 4 people on a course each year?
Q, We only allow 4 people per semester as we are a full time working locksmith business. However John Taylor started our locksmith training school in 1981 and back then it was apprentice based and an apprentice back in the day had to undertake a 14 week training program before he was let loose on the public and we still stand by that today, with over 200 topics to practice and master in the lock lab and at your own home before we can let you out on to real jobs. This all takes time and to also build a full business, working with a web designer, graphic designer to learning all aspects of the business from accounting to the legal side. This is why we can only fit in 4 students per locksmith instructor per term on a one to one training program and its also about quality, we put our name to you, you can't fail as then we look bad. When you start one of our courses we will ask you to sign our Terms & Conditions
Q, Can You Become A Locksmith in 3 or 5 Days?
A, Yes and No, yes you can learn some gimmick tips but real training comes from real jobs and real issues and real experience. Our courses takes 5 - 14 weeks spread over 2 - 3 days per week. Most complete this in 7 weeks with 2 or 3 days per week with further home training and online training for around another month. The subject is a large subject and you need time to take in each section and practice each section with home assignments. So no you cant become a locksmith in that time, but if that was spread out allowing you time to practice each subject so you can retain this information then yes you can but not one day after each other in a row and that kind of training is a dead end course that you will just through your money away on, we term them "con courses".
Q, What Is The Price?
Our prices vary course to course, see our Beginner Locksmith Training Course from £599 including your tools and training aids or our Master Locksmith Course here, which is aimed at a locksmith that wants to start a shop or our Mobile Locksmith Course here which is one of our best selling courses and what most locksmiths start as or if you have a budget then check out our Budget Locksmith Course here which is an award winning course and each course will give you all the information you need to make a choice. If you sill cant find a price that works for you then we may not offer what you need. If your looking to pay less than our budget course for what you get then you probably not ready to become a locksmith as you saying I only want to half ass it and do it fast, but setting up a business to be successful you need to commit fully, it takes time and skills you may not already have. Your best saving up and doing it correctly the first time and giving yourself the best chance at creating and running a real locksmith business. However if you are looking for just training and no business side, if you already have a business and want to add locksmithing to it or if your a landlord then give us a call on 07525639943 and speak to our head instructor Steven J Taylor who can figure out what you need, such as a day session a few days and give more information on pricing.
Q, How Long Does It Take To Build The Website and Go Live?
It depends as its a two way build, we create the site and all the pages and background content, images and graphics along with the coding and do all the hard parts but we will give you assignments which you will need to complete to help the website rank on Google. We do this to make sure you can maintain your website in in the future, been self sufficient is the key to success. But there is no reason a website cant be fully built and live and ranking on Google within one week of the training starting to the courses ending. It takes our guys around 236 hours to build the website, and launch it then the mobile site and business platforms such as your online invoice systems and marketing programs etc. along with the SEO packages .But your siye will be live for the course ending.
Q, How Long Till I Earn Money and How Much Can I Earn?
A, It depends on the area you are in and what your direct competition is within the area, we wont take you on to our course if you cant earn money as a business, we won't put our name to a failed business start up! We say from 1 month of the business launch to a maximum of 6 months to start seeing regular business and how motivated you are to follow our advise and training. Your overall target will be 1 - 3 jobs per day by the end of year 1 with a annual income of around £30.000 to £130k and by year 2 - 6 seeing you make around £250.000 per year depending on your area, population etc. Basically, work it out that a basic job is around £130 and we do 3 jobs a day which = £390, that is around 4 hours of work each day, now if we do that for 7 days = £2,730 a week, based on 4 weeks that is = £10,920 if you worked every day as we tend to then the profit on a basic job is = £131,040 per year and that is on our basic rates.
Q, I Don't Live Close, can I Still do The Course as it Takes Weeks?
A, Yes you can still do the course, we have a way of making sure all the actual hands on training is completed in 5 days and 5 nights, you will train after the course ends back in your hotel room. We will give you assignments to complete for the next day. To allow this style of training to work we figured out that you needed a virtual locksmith instructor with you at all times so we filmed each topic and placed them online and give you full access via mobile and desktop so you can go to your hotel or home after the course and then watch each session again as many times as you like and keep learning, this allows you to remember each skill set and not forget them after the course has ended. We also send you our eBooks and ask you to couplet each book before the course starts, its a way of making sure your at a set level to undertake a intense training course and complete the full course in time.
Q, Why Do I Need Home Insurance and Legal Training?
A, well you are going to be working on peoples homes and we need to make sure you know your business legal terms and conditions to make sure you don't put the customer in harm's way which could lead to you been arrested or fined, such as not fitting a British Standard to a final exit door, the customer then buys or has home insurance and you have just voided it. If they try and make a claim and the assessor notices the lock then your liable. It could be as a bad a as a house fire with deaths and now the customer has committed insurance fraud which could void all life policies and the family would lose everything. We need to make sure you only fit the correct locks to meet home insurance regulations. Also what do you do when people fail to pay? Whats your rights and how can you get your money? We train you in all aspects of the legal side, this can protect your business and brand too, we look at copyright and so much more all related to the business we work in and its vital if you don't want to go to jail.
Q, Can I do Just The Locksmith Training with Tools?
A, Yes you can, we often do this for existing companies that are already established and need further training for new staff, the prices vary on how many attendees you need but for one person with a tools package it would be a 2 or 5 day course held in one week and the price for this would be from £599 for our Beginner Locksmith Training Course or £1500 or £1200 without the tools package, or a basic tools pack and training would cost £1350. If you book more than one just for training then your are looking at 3-4 days for £1000 per person our maximum we would take for this would be 3 students at a time at a cost of £800 each based on them all been trained at the same time. Call Taylors Locksmith Training Academy Gateshead for more information on 07525639943
Where Does The Training Take Place?
All our training takes place in Gateshead in one of our Lock Labs which holds all the best tools and every lock found in the current UK market, this acts as a base for us to work from. The next stage is when we move on to a real home where you will then take your new skills and fine tune them on a real house, lock picking, bypassing, servicing uPVC, working on windows and mechanisms along with multi point lock fitment, letterbox replacement and much more. You will also be attending jobs with our locksmiths in taking it in stages you will see every kind of common job we get, you will see the business run and how it works from the inside then eventually you will start to doe the jobs, work with the customers until you are doing full jobs with just our guidance from answering the phone to doing the job and taking payment. You also train at home and online, we will make sure we are there for all your questions and mistakes to make sure you can be the best locksmith you can be.