Auto Training Opportunities

Dec. 1, 2023

Automotive locksmithing has entered a new, high-tech era. No longer are locksmiths making a living by purchasing a few basic tools, unlocking cars and duplicating keys. In today’s world of sophisticated electronics and pricey equipment, locksmiths need specialized training. Here are some options in the coming months. Please note that pre-registration (and often pre-payment) are required.

Check with your local distributor and the manufacturers of your equipment for additional opportunities. Most 2024 events have not been finalized at this time. We will add them when dates are announced.

American Key Supply Locksmith Academy

It’s not too early to start thinking about training opportunities in 2024, and American Key Supply’s Locksmith Academy has set dates for some its popular classes at its Las Vegas headquarters.

March 22-23, 2024: Advanced IM608, G2Turbo and VVDI Key Tool Training.

Learn advanced concepts and hands-on training using tools such as the AutoProPAD G2 and G2 Turbo by XTool, IM608 Pro by Autel, Code Cannibal by OBD Star, AVDI by Abrites, and VVDI Key Tool by Xhorse. 

Some of the subjects being covered include:

  • Who uses what tools for what
  • In-depth coverage of the various functions of the tools
  • Programming of important and problematic vehicles
  • Hands-on programming of on-site vehicles
  • Importance of use of the VVDI Key Tool Max or Mini
  • Importance of pre & post-scans
  • EEPROM adapters
  • Thorough Q&A with the instructors

Instructors will be Brandon Tucker, Eric Lambert and Eric Demers. Cost is $385 and enrollment is limited to 20-30 students.

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UHS Hardware On-Demand Courses

The following recorded, on-demand training sessions can be purchased from UHS Hardware. For more information, visit

Auto 101 - Complete Automotive Locksmith Course

This class is designed to give a detailed overview of the Automotive Locksmithing process from start to finish using a variety of key cutting and programming tools like the Xhorse Dolphin XP-005, Xhorse Key Tool Max and KeyTool PlusAutel IM508KEYDIY KD-X2, and more.

Automatic Edge-Cut and High-Security Lishi

This self-paced course is made up of a series of lessons designed to familiarize participants with the anatomy and use of edge-cut and high-security Lishi tools.

 The course can be completed in 3-4 days but you will have unlimited access to the materials.

Toyota System 2019+ Key Programming With Autel, Lonsdor & Key Tool Plus Course

This class is designed to give a detailed overview of the 2019+ New Toyota System Key Programming on a variety of different models using a few different programming machines. You will be covering adding a key using a dealer code, another key or an emulator in all keys lost situation. 

BMW Key Programming Using Xhorse Key Tool Plus

This class is designed to give a detailed overview of the BMW Key Programming on a wide variety of different models using VVDI Key Tool PLUS Tablet - All In One Key Tool. You will be covering a few different systems like EWS, CAS, ISN and FEM/BDC. Depending on the model and year BMW you are working on you will run one of these systems. Learning how read them, unlock them and add keys to them whether through soldering or the use of adapters will allow you work on a multitude of models starting from the first EWS System in 1993 to modern CAS 4/4+ today. 

Automotive EEPROM And Advanced Key Programming.

This EEPROM course teaches locksmiths key programming and immobilizer bypass for modern vehicles. Through video lectures and demonstrations, students learn to use a wide range of tools and software like the VVDI Key Tool PLUS TabletXhorse VVDI PROGTANGO, and VVDI Mini PROG to read immobilizer data from vehicle ECUs and program transponder keys.