i took the Foley-Belsaw program, it covered the basics very well and and made it fairly easy to get the certificate. which is a downfall in the job market. i dont get much respect for teaching my self the skills i know today, but the fact that i DO know these skills and i AM certified to practice still makes all the difference in the world! with experience comes the respect, the Foley-Belsaw institute offers tech support and has one of the best online product catalogs ive come across. an established company may prefer to hire a trade school student with more hands on experience, but those students often dont have as many useful resources to fall back on in times of need....and F-B includes most of the necessities a person would want to start their own small business from home or from their truck, which is IN MY OPINION the best idea for any locksmith starting out.
ive been struggling for over a year now to make a name for myself in the industry, and what it comes down to is what you CAN DO, and what you CANT DO. the background you came from has little to do with it after you have a some experience under your belt and can prove to your community that you can do quality work as good as the next guy!