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MEM30805 - Certificate III in Locksmithing (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 01/Dec/2005

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Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
MEM05007C - Perform manual heating and thermal cuttingPerform manual heating and thermal cutting N/A
MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawingInterpret technical drawing N/A
MEM12023A - Perform engineering measurementsPerform engineering measurements N/A
MEM12024A - Perform computationsPerform computations N/A
MEM13014A - Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environmentApply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment N/A
MEM14004A - Plan to undertake a routine taskPlan to undertake a routine task N/A
MEM14005A - Plan a complete activityPlan a complete activity N/A
MEM15002A - Apply quality systemsApply quality systems N/A
MEM15024A - Apply quality proceduresApply quality procedures N/A
MEM16006A - Organise and communicate informationOrganise and communicate information N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 323313 Locksmith 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-15 Locksmith 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Locksmith (Electronic Systems),Locksmith 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 323313 Locksmith 02/Feb/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-15 Locksmith 25/May/2006 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 25/May/2006 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 01/Dec/2005 
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Employability Skills Summary


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

Packaging Rules

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 


Perform engineering measurements


Perform computations


Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Plan to undertake a routine task


Plan a complete activity


Apply quality systems


Apply quality procedures


Organise and communicate information


Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment


Interact with computing technology


Assist in the provision of on the job training


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



Perform manual heating and thermal cutting



Interpret technical drawing



Use hand tools



Use power tools/hand held operations



Produce keys



Assemble and test lock mechanisms



Install and upgrade locks and hardware



Gain entry



Install and maintain door control devices/systems



Maintain and service mechanical locking devices



Plan and prepare a masterkey system



Develop and implement a masterkey system



Gain entry and reinstate fire and security containers



Gain entry and reinstate automotive locking systems



Service and repair fire and security containers



Service and repair mechanical automotive locking systems



Service automotive transponder systems



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.

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