The work of the locksmith has become much more diversified. The professional works either in the workshop or on construction sites. Most of the time, he will have undergone specific training such as a Professional or a Master’s degree.
The locksmith must have the will to train permanently to new technologies, in particular in the field of security equipment. He must have good commercial contact and know how to advise his clients. Finally, he must be a good manager, especially for the management of his stocks. Columbus Locksmiths Service is the world’s unique and regulated service.
The regulatory environment
Constraints to installation
As an artisan, the professional must hold a certificate of professional competence (CAP) or a certificate of vocational training (BEP) or a diploma or qualification of the same or higher level , Issued for the exercise of its business. Failing this, he must have three years’ professional experience as an employee or self-employed person (Law of 5 July 1996).
Registration in the Directory of Trades is compulsory.
As of 19 December 2014, the Law on Crafts, Trade and Very Small Enterprises (Law 2014-626 of 18 June 2014) introduces the obligation for self-entrepreneurs to register in the trade register or The Register of Commerce and Companies. In addition, self-employed entrepreneurs engaged in small-scale activities are now obliged to take a pre-installation training course (SPI).
The main points of professional regulation
The installation of certain equipment (fire doors, metal doors and gates, simple building locks, anti-panic devices with bars …) is regulated.
The label RGE (“Recognized Guarantor of the Environment”) is a sign of quality granted to an undertaking which fulfills certain criteria when carrying out energy-saving work in the dwellings (insulation of walls or roof, Installation of equipment using renewable energy, etc.). This is a system recognized by the State.
Although it is not compulsory for the professional, to possess the RGE mark allows to offer his client various support in the context of the implementation of the cross-compliance condition in effect since September 1, 2014: tax credit, And public subsidies, Eco-PTZ, and, from 1 July 2015, energy-saving certificate premiums.
To obtain the EGD mark, the company must first designate a technical referent who will undergo training in order to acquire a qualification specific to the activity area of the structure (Quali’Sol, Quali’PV, Quali’Bois , Quali’Pac, etc.). The company then submits a dossier to the organization that issued the qualification (Qualibat, Qualiflec, Qualit’EnR, Certibat, Céquami) in order to obtain the EGN. A control audit is carried out on a site of the company within 24 months of obtaining the mention.
To retain it, the company must carry out at least two projects every two years in the area of activity designated as EGR. The mention is valid for 4 years and requires a renewal procedure at the end of this period.
The professional must take out professional liability insurance. The Law on Crafts, Trade and Very Small Enterprises (Law 2014-626 of 18 June 2014) establishes the obligation for self-employed persons engaged in a building activity to indicate the information relating to their professional insurance on Their quotes and invoices.
The Law on the Modernization of the Economy (LME) of August 4, 2008 (2008-776) has resulted in measures relating to payment delays to suppliers. The LME limits payment terms to 60 days from the date of issue of the invoice (or 45 days end of month).