What is a Forensic Locksmith?

The job of a forensic locksmith is to determine by inspection how an action occurred.


Applicants must have been a member of I.A.I.L. for a period of at least one year prior to applying to take this examination. The examination will take three hours to complete and consists of a written examination of 125 questions on forensic locksmithing and the Standards for a Forensic Locksmith, and an oral examination of 1.5 hours on the applicant's ability to testify in court, their ability to be classified as an expert in this field, etc.

A point system has been established to qualify an applicant to sit for this examination. A total of 75 points shall be required to apply to sit for the examination. Points will be awarded for completion of the following classes, offered by both the IAIL and ALOA:

  • Impressioning
  • Picking
  • Simplex Manipulation
  • Professional By-Pass Techniques
  • Covert CCTV
  • Investigative Locksmithing I, II, & III *
  • Forensic Locksmithing
  • Safe Servicing & Safe Manipulation
  • Safe OpeningĀ 
  • Automotive Specialties (Columns & Locks)
  • Auto Theft/Arson classes *

* Required classes to sit for examination. These classes must have been completed prior to applying to sit for the examination.

A detailed listing of points assessed and an application is available upon request from IAIL, 1507 Whitmarsh Cir., Severn, MD 21144. The Standards for a Certified Forensic Locksmith as adopted by the IAIL are available for a $2 fee.

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