Q: How many hours of continuing education do I need?

A: You need 24 hours of continuing education. However, there are some exemptions. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from earning your CEU, you may submit a doctor’s note and be exempt up to 8 hours. If you have been deployed, you may provide documentation and be exempted up to 8 hours. If you are over 62, have held a NC license for 9 years, have 15 years experience, and are not currently under investigation by the NCLLB, you are exempt from the CEU requirements.

Q: What counts as continuing education anyway?

A: Any class on a technical subject related to the practice of locksmithing can count. There are many sources for classes. Classes are offered regularly by both state and national trade associations (such as ALOA and NCLA). Also, product and tool manufacturers and locksmith distributors also sponsor classes. Check this website regularly for listings of upcoming continuing education classes. Just be sure to retain a certificate proving your attendance and listing the instructor, sponsor, topic and the date and time of the class.

Q: Do correspondence courses or independent study qualify as continuing education?

A: Some online courses have been approved and they are listed on the website.

Q: Are there any exceptions to the continuing education requirement?

A: Yes. Please see the first question on this page.

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NC Locksmith Licensure FAQs


The answers that follow represent the NC Locksmith Licensing Board’s interpretation of G.S. 74F and reflects the current policies and practices as of 02/15/05.