Certificate III in Locksmithing

Not Applicable


The minimum requirements for achievement of the Certificate III in Locksmithing are:

completion of all core units of competency listed below, and

completion of Group A Locksmithing stream units from the list below to the value of at least 40 points, and

completion of units from Group B Certificate III Trade specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of the Training Package, to bring the total value to at least 73 points

Points associated with prerequisites count towards the total (refer to units and prerequisites listing in Appendix 2, Volume 1).

Appropriate Group B elective units to the value of 16 points may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III. Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NQC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Registered Training Organisations must seek a determination from Manufacturing Skills Australia in respect of the allocation of points values for units of competency drawn from other Training Packages or accredited courses.

Only select units that would be suitable for Locksmithing occupational outcomes

Additional qualification descriptors

There are no approved additional descriptors for this qualification.

Core Units

select all of the units from this list

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

add topic MEM12024A

Perform computations

add topic MEM13014A

Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment

add topic MEM14004A

Plan to undertake a routine task

add topic MEM14005A

Plan a complete activity

add topic MEM15002A

Apply quality systems

add topic MEM15024A

Apply quality procedures

add topic MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

add topic MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

add topic MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

add topic MEM17003A

Assist in the provision of on the job training

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

Group A - Locksmithing stream units

select units from this list to the value of at least 40 points

Unit code

Unit title


add topic MEM05007C

Perform manual heating and thermal cutting


add topic MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing


add topic MEM18001C

Use hand tools


add topic MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations


add topic MEM20001A

Produce keys


add topic MEM20002A

Assemble and test lock mechanisms


add topic MEM20003A

Install and upgrade locks and hardware


add topic MEM20004A

Gain entry


add topic MEM20005A

Install and maintain door control devices/systems


add topic MEM20006A

Maintain and service mechanical locking devices


add topic MEM20007A

Plan and prepare a masterkey system


add topic MEM20008A

Develop and implement a masterkey system


add topic MEM20009A

Gain entry and reinstate fire and security containers


add topic MEM20010A

Gain entry and reinstate automotive locking systems


add topic MEM20011A

Service and repair fire and security containers


add topic MEM20012A

Service and repair mechanical automotive locking systems


add topic MEM20013A

Service automotive transponder systems


add topic MEM20014A

Perform a site security survey


Group B - Trade Specialisation units

Select units from Certificate III Trade Specialisation units listed in Appendix 1, Volume 1 of MEM05 to bring the total value of units to at least 73 points, including any prerequisites.


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Read, interpret, follow and communicate information on written job instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures, charts, lists, drawings and other applicable reference documents

Produce sketches, diagrams, charts or tables

Check and clarify task-related information

Recognise and use common locksmithing terminology

Provide customer advice on locksmithing products and options

Verify authenticity


Work alone or as part of a team

Contribute to a group effort in order to plan and carry out work

Identify work roles, communicate and cooperate with others


Undertake basic numerical operations and calculations/ formulae (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, percentages and proportions, simple ratios and averages)

Use appropriate measuring techniques

Inspect quality of own or other employee's work

Analyse information according to enterprise and work requirements

Assess operation and condition of components against specifications or manufacturer's requirements

Use diagnostic skills and tests to identify and determine causes of problems

Decode lock/key mechanism

Produce key codes

Initiative and enterprise

Be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts

Identify actual and foreseeable workplace hazards during course of work

Modify work plan to overcome unforeseen difficulties or developments that occur as work progresses

Participate in improvement procedures including process, quality and internal/external customer/supplier relationships

Planning and organising

Plan, prioritise and sequence work operations

Select and use planning techniques and tools

Organise and analyse information relevant to work

Set up jobs prior to commencement of work including selection of appropriate materials and adjustment of equipment

Establish entry requirements, authorisations and ownership


Carry out work safely and in accordance with company policy and procedures, manufacturer's recommendations and legislative requirements

Monitor performance of operation or quality of product or service to ensure customer satisfaction

Take responsibility for work outcomes

Apply techniques, procedures, tools and equipment for compliance with site or manufacturers' specifications.


Check and clarify task related information with appropriate personnel or technical adviser

Identify customers' requirements with respect to the operation or quality of the product or service

Assess and modify own work practices

Use manuals, online help and other reference materials such as catalogues/lists as required

Maintain current knowledge of applicable standards, legislation, environmental requirements, codes of practice and product/process developments

Assist with on the job training and assessment

Seek specialist advice on areas outside own competence


Select and use appropriate tools, equipment, materials and machines

Select and use appropriate measuring/testing devices

Navigate technology to access /input /store/retrieve/save and produce information/data using appropriate software applications

Apply knowledge of appropriate locksmithing principles, techniques, procedures, tools and equipment to achieve the required outcome

Apply knowledge of key systems and lock mechanisms