Continuing Education March 2011

  Throughout the year, manufacturers of locks and door hardware make it easy for locksmiths to upgrade their skills and / or learn something new to help their locksmithing businesses prosper. Locksmith distributors are another excellent source for...

Successful completion of each 45- to 60-minute program will earn architects one LU toward maintaining their certification as a registered architect. Earned credits will be reported automatically to AIA’s CES records. Certificates of completion will be mailed to AIA members as well. Non-AIA members can receive certificates upon request for self reporting.

The classes provide essential information about architectural hardware to help the building team make informed decisions about product selection and performance. The programs are suitable for use by other members of the building team (including end-users) in addition to hardware sales representatives and distributors.

Two programs for AIA credit are available on the site now. DORMA plans to have eight credit programs available by year-end. In addition, a non-credit DORMA-specific class provides an overview of the company, its products and its services to familiarize the participant with the wealth of offerings available.

Kaba Access Control Training & Certification

Kaba University was introduced in April 2006, since then more than 1500 security professions have been successfully trained and certified on Kaba's Peaks, Simplex and E-Plex product lines throughout the United States and Canada.

Kaba University - College of Access Control provides expanded professional training in the wide breadth of Kaba Access Control products.

To check for upcoming classes, visit or call 800-849-8324.


ALOA Training: 2011 Dates

ALOA’s Six-Day Basic Locksmithing Course is scheduled April 4-9, 2011 at the ALOA Training Center in Dallas. The cost is $1220 for ALOA members, $1415 for non-members. For information, visit

This course provides students with basic hands-on knowledge of locks and security related hardware. Students will work with a basic locksmithing tool kit that includes the following: 4-way screwdriver, soft face mallet, dial calipers, combination Tru-Arc pliers, pin tumbler tweezers, plug follower, pin tray, shims,  impressioning pliers, pippin file, flat file, lock pick set and universal pin tumbler pinning kit.

Upon completion of this course, students have the knowledge required to function as an apprentice locksmith who can perform the following tasks:

  • Identify and duplicate keys,
  • Service and adjust key machines,
  • Rekey a variety of lock cylinders,
  • Make original keys for a variety of locks; by code, disassembly and impressioning,
  • Bypass and/or pick common locks,
  • Troubleshoot and service common cylinder and lockset malfunctions,
  • Identify common lock hardware finishes and functions,
  • Be familiar with Life Safety Codes and the ADA,
  • Design and key a simple master key system,
  • Know combination lock operation and changing methods


RCI Training

Whether you need to brush up on your skills or learn something new, RCI’s Inside Advantage Training and Consulting program is right for you. Visit to see when these courses are available in your area. Classes include:

Electricity 101 The Fundamentals Of Electricity, Locking & Wiring offers the basics of electric locking and wiring. Through presentation and hands on labs, attendees will gain a fundamental understanding of electricity, basic electrical circuits, low voltage wiring, electric locking systems and applications, electrical formulas and relays.

Electricity 102 Intermediate Electric Locking & Wiring reviews the fundamentals of electric locking and wiring. Attendees will get hands on training using a Multi-meter, learn to draw and build low voltage electrical circuits and low voltage locking systems; work with relays and learn trouble shooting techniques for electric locking systems. Designing An Electric Locking System answers the questions, Electric strike or electromagnetic lock? How many and what model of power supply should be specified? RCI invites integrators, locksmiths and distributors to join us in learning how to design an electric locking system that can easily integrate with today's highly advanced access control systems.

Electric Lock Selection And Installation is designed for participants who are involved with the specification and installation of electric strikes and electromagnetic locks. This course offers the attendee a greater understanding of door hardware and teaches how to choose the proper electric locking product to complete the application correctly the first time. This seminar will also demonstrate installation methods and trouble shooting techniques for a wide variety of locks and frame types.

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