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Since: 14.1.02
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As many of you know, I do tech support for Dell Computers. However lately I've been thinking about taking a correspondents course on Locksmithing. I’ve always been intrigued by it, and if the tech support thing doesn’t pan out it gives me something to fall back on (hey, the world needs locks!).

The problem I have with this right now is that I’m unsure if the school I chose will have a recognized diploma. I received info from a “career institute” and when I called them and asked “does finishing this equals a college diploma? Does it have the same weight as Algonquin College?” After a couple of minutes of talking they admitted “no it doesn’t”.

The one I am looking at right now is ICS Canada (Click Here (icslearn.ca)). Although it has many fancy stamps and they and say lots of neat things, I’m unsure if they are on the same level as say….Algonquin College or other recognized post-secondary institutions.

I’m also unsure if this is a good idea or not. Its 950 bucks, which is a fair amount of money. Also, I plan on sticking around at Dell for a long while, and if I take this and then not locksmith for five years, what happens if I want to get into it? I mean, I could keep up my skills/do contracting every so often….but is that enough?

I respect the community here greatly, as it is one of the best (both online AND offline) that I’m a part of. I get the “BBQ in the backyard” feeling with this place, which I can’t say the same thing for other groups I’ve been with. I’d like (and appreciate) input on this, if yasalls don’t mind.




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Trade school and college education are not interchangeable. However- I don't know how a humanities class or two is going to help you with Locksmithing

The world needs people who are skilled at trades. Our generations (X & Y) aren't being realistic and taking jobs that are less than movie star / social worker / rockstar type gigs. So they say, anwyay.

The old dudes are going to all die off eventually. There will be opportunity in that field in the next 10-20 years.

I'd say go for it if it is something you are interested in.

If I could figure out how to keep my mortgage and get involved in an interesting trade job (electrician, plumber, etc.) I would consider it at this point in my life. Tech gets pretty boring.

That said, I'm good at it and I like cashing my paycheck




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Since: 7.11.02
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El Nastio--It seems that getting the certification is only the first part of becoming a locksmith. I believe you have to serve some type of apprenticeship after that. Once you've completed those hours (which I believe are pretty substantial), then you'd be set to become a bona fide locksmith. You might want to ask the technical schools under consideration: 'What happens after I finish my education?' And, I'd even ask to contact the instructors directly. From there, you can permission to talk to ex-students and find out their experience directly. There is a significant chance the students would be cherry picked, but at least you could talk to them and get better answers.

And, it's safe to say that none of these classes could be used for anything other than some sort of trade certification or trade degree.

    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    If I could figure out how to keep my mortgage and get involved in an interesting trade job (electrician, plumber, etc.) I would consider it at this point in my life. Tech gets pretty boring.

If you become a good plumber or electrician or whatever and you're bored by tech work, then I think you'd quickly grow bored of the trade work as well. After the initial learning curve, I don't see how it'd be different. And, I'd argue that it's better to be bored and better paid.



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Since: 7.2.02
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    The world needs people who are skilled at trades. Our generations (X & Y) aren't being realistic and taking jobs that are less than movie star / social worker / rockstar type gigs. So they say, anwyay.

    The old dudes are going to all die off eventually. There will be opportunity in that field in the next 10-20 years.


The other advantage is that trade jobs don't really see the downswings that other industries experience. Plumbers, electricians and other trade labors are always going to be needed in some capacity.






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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    The world needs people who are skilled at trades. Our generations (X & Y) aren't being realistic and taking jobs that are less than movie star / social worker / rockstar type gigs. So they say, anwyay.


Seems to me that most of the trade unions around the DC Area are filling up fast with young guys (and a few women). I went to a sheet metal workers meeting and a majority of the people there were my age or younger, but then again it was a union meeting and I'm not sure how many old heads stick with the union and I do live in DC Met, which is a boom right now.



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Since: 14.1.02
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I appreciate all of the feedback given guys. Sad thing is, this makes me even more confused then before! I thought I could do it on the side and then gradually move into it.....but I guess its something I really need to persue actively =\


Thanks for the advice!!

(edited by El Nastio on 31.10.07 0025)


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"STONEBOY!" , who brought us the following such pieces of wisdom as:

STONEBOY!: "THIS GOES MESSAGE GOES OUT TO ALL CANADIANS ESPECIALLY MONTREAL WHEREVER THE F#CK THAT IS".

Kidbrooklyn: "Please god tell me that you're making fun of the douche who started this thread...

Wait, no he isn't. He's serious. I hadn't read his previous brilliance before. I apologize" (in reference to a reply by James1978).


Click Here (The W) to read the rest of it!

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