Continuing Education

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 educational seminars and programs. The following is a sampling of the continuing education courses. To be included in our Continuing Education wrap-up, send your 2014 class schedules to Locksmith Ledger, fax 866-827-8020 or E-mail to


DHI 2014 Technical Schools, Online Courses

The Door and Hardware Institute ( offers a wide variety of technical educational classes, including online classes, addressing subjects such as specifying hardware, fire door code compliance and door and frame requirements.

Save the date for the following DHI 2014 Technical Schools:

  • Spring School USA: March 23-30, Lansdowne, VA
  • Spring School Canada: May 5-10, Toronto (dates subject to change)
  • Fall School: Nov. 3-8, Calgary, Canada (dates subject to change)

DHI also offers a growing list of online courses. These include:

AHC207 - Advanced Detailing Hardware Online Class (7 sessions, January 2 - March 26, 2014): Building on the principles learned in Detailing Hardware - AHC205, students will be led through a series of challenging class exercises designed to develop their decision making skills by selecting and detailing hardware products that meet the intended functions of door openings.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will learn how to:

-Identify intended functions of door openings

-Create detailed hardware sets

-Include elevation diagrams for openings with electrified hardware

-Create a cover page, template list, abbreviations and symbols list, etc.

DAI600 - Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (12 sessions, January 21 - February 27, 2014): This class will teach students to perform and record fire and egress door safety inspections, testing and maintenance, as well as provide tips for interacting with the owners and AHJs. Graduates will be become a credentialed FDAI and invited to enroll in the Intertek Certified Fire and Egress Door Inspector program.

Upon successful completion of this class, students will:

-Be able to explain NFPA 80’s inspection requirements

-Be able to conduct safety inspections of swinging fire door assemblies with builders hardware

-Be able to create inspection records and summary inspection reports

-Be eligible to enroll in the Intertek Certified Fire and Egress Door Inspector Program

CE600 - 2012 Update: Fire & Egress Door Assembly Inspections

For more information, contact DHI, Door and Hardware Institute, 14150 Newbrook Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151. Phone: 703.222.2010. Fax: 703-222-2410. Web:


MBA USA 2014 Courses

MBA USA, Inc. has been providing training and tools to security professionals since 1993. Our training and tool sales operations are located in a renovated building with two classrooms conveniently located at the North end of Nicholasville, Ky.

The 2014 training schedule is posted online at

GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician With GSA Approved Inspector (11-day course): March 10 – 21; June 16 – 27; August 4 – 15; Oct. 6 – 17; Dec. 1 – 12

GSA Approved Container Inspection Course (3-day course. For Inspector Renewals, only the first two days of the basic course is necessary.): Feb. 25 – 27; May 20 – 22; Aug. 26 – 28; Nov. 18 – 20

GSA Container Identification (1-day course. Highly recommended for ALL levels of experience before taking the Inspection course.): Feb, 24, May 19, Aug. 25, Nov.17

GSA Container Locks Master Course (Formerly X-07/08/09 Master Course. Includes training on the X-07, X-08, X-09, X-10, S&G 2937 and S&G 2740. 3-day course): Jan. 27 – 29, July 14 – 16

Neutralization and Repair of GSA Approved Containers (FED-STD 809B, 2-day course): Jan. 30 – 31; July 17 – 18

Combination Lock Technology (2-day course): April 21 – 22; Nov. 3 - 4

Comprehensive Safe Lock Manipulation (3-day course): April 23 – 25, Nov. 5 - 7

Electronic Safe Locks (2-day course): April 28 – 29, Nov. 10 - 11

Professional Safe Drilling (2-day course): April 30 - May 1

Safe Deposit Locks (1-day course): Nov. 12

Time Locks (2-day course): Nov. 13 - 14

Fundamentals of Locksmithing (10-day course): Feb. 3 - 14

Advanced Safe Lock Manipulation (3-day course): Offered by request


Lockmasters Security Institute

Lockmasters Security Institute’s 2014 Course Schedule is listed online at Pre-registration is required and fees vary. LSI is located at 1014 South Main St., Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 859-887-9633 or 866-574-8724. A second location is in Woodridge, VA.

Class offerings include:

  • Access Control Technician
  • Aviation Operations Physical Security
  • Automotive Opening
  • Professional Safe Lock Opening
  • Combination Lock Manipulation
  • Comprehensive Security Specialist
  • Group 1 Manipulation
  • GSA Safe & Vault Technician and Inspector
  • GSA 3 Day Certification
  • LKM7000 Series Certification
  • Electronic & Mechanical Safe Lock Servicing
  • Multimodal Supply Chain & Cargo Security
  • Professional Locksmithing
  • ProLock2
  • Safe Deposit Box Servicing
  • SCIF Construction
  • S&G 2740 Certification
  • Tactical Entry Level One
  • Kaba Mas X-10 & X-09 Certification

The 10-day Professional Locksmithing class is offered on the following dates in 2014: Jan 20-31, Feb. 3-14, March 10-21, May 5-16, June 2-13, June 16-27, July 21-Aug. 1, Aug 18-29, Sept 22-Oct. 3 and Nov. 10-21.

Online courses include: Combination Lock Manipulation, Comprehensive Security Specialist, GSA Inspector Re-Certification, GSA Safe & Vault Technician Certification and Mechanical Safe Lock Servicing.


Napco Residential Technologies & Commercial Systems Training

Designed to provide dealer/integrators with the knowledge and tools needed to fuel new sales, incorporate more valuable services and win more residential and commercial accounts, free Napco training classes are available in the field with distributors, onsite or online as live webinars or archived video recordings, available 24/7. Each seminar provides an all-around approach to generating sales by training security professionals of all skill levels, on new labor-saving technologies, new interactive, customer experience services and/or new intrusion, fire, access or reporting equipment. Each class will be interactive with a combination of lecture, workshop and include real-world application scenarios to assist attendees to become more successful in selling.

These classes offer insight on training for Napco’s Commercial platforms: Firewolf & GEMC systems; Gemini Intrusion Systems, including panel and keypad-programming; iBridge connected home, iRemote remote keypad & iSeeVideo remote video interactive services and StarLink Wireless Radio with interactive consumer App.

The class schedule, is always growing and available online from the company homepage,, under the “Dealer Training” button or at

For more information, contact your Napco Security sales or customer service representative at 1-800-645-9445 or visit:


Assa Abloy Americas University

ASSA ABLOY Americas University has upgraded its eLearning website,, making it easier for students to negotiate around the site by presenting only the types of courses that are pertinent.

Individuals interested in the online eLearning can apply to be a student in the ASSA ABLOY Americas University. After being accepted into the University, students can enroll in online courses and also schedule themselves into the classroom recourses. To create a profile and enroll, visit

Online electronic access control classes include:

  • Electronic Access Control Fundamentals
  • How Wireless Radio Is Used In Security
  • Securitron ACCUPOWER Power Supplies

Online key systems and cylinders classes include:

  • How A Cylinder Works
  • Level 2 Master Keying
  • Master Key Systems: Five Simple Rules

Online Installation Classes include:

  • Retrofitting Electric Strikes Into Existing Hollow Metal Frame Doors
  • Using the McKinney QC and PoE Hinge Prep Tool

Online Architectural Hardware classes include:

  • Basic Architectural Hardware Review 2
  • Door and Hardware Handing
  • Intermediate Architectural Hardware Overview
  • Ordering and Pricing Sargent Hardware Made Easy
  • Sargent Electronic Latch Retraction Exit Devices


ALOA Basic Locksmithing

The ALOA Training Center offers Six-Day Basic Locksmithing Course at ALOA Headquarters in Dallas, TX. Check online at for 2014 schedule information.

Students will gain basic hands-on knowledge of locks and security related hardware. Students will work with basic locksmithing tools such as dial calipers, impressioning pliers soft face mallet, lock pick set, along with other locksmith specialty tools. Upon completion of this course, graduates 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

Upon completion, students receive a locksmith tool kit including a pinning kit, pin tray, follower, tweezers, key gauge, cylinder retainer removal tool, Kwikset cylinder removal tool, shim stock and round impressioning file. They also receive Ilco Key Blank Directory, PRP Resource Guide which includes the ALOA Locksmith Dictionary, 432-page reference manual, Life Safety Codes & ADA class manual and an ACE Certificate attesting 48 credit hours of CE instruction. An ALOA Fundamental Locksmith certificate will be issued to those who successfully pass the written test at the end of the course.

More Info: For costs and registration, contact ALOA Education Department, 3500 Easy Street, Dallas, TX 75247. P-800-532-2562 x101. F-214-819-9429. Email: Website:


Linear Training Classes

Linear University provides FREE training courses at its Carlsbad, Calif., campus. Many of the courses offered are CEU Certified and meet requirements for continuing education credits. This unique format also creates a perfect setting for dealers and installers to meet their industry counterparts, share best-practices and brainstorm industry solutions.

Courses include:

  • Keypads and Secured Products
  • Access Control / Gate Operators
  • Audio/Video/Data
  • Intercom and Air Vac
  • eMerge Access Control Solutions and Certification

Here are some specifics on the eMerge access control two-day class:

eMerge Access Control Solutions and Certification

Receive extensive knowledge on the eMerge network appliance.


Day 1

  • Basic Networking Theory
  • IP Addresses
  • Subnetting
  • Start-Up
  • Login into eMerge panel
  • Programming eMerge for a LAN/WAN
  • Connecting eMerge to a LAN/WAN
  • Logging into the eMerge Panel
  • Hardware Installation
  • Familiarization with eMerge components
  • Basic wiring scenarios

Day 2

  • eMerge Programming I
  • Defining the Network Controller and Network Node
  • Defining an Application Module Access Board
  • Defining Readers, Inputs and Outputs
  • Using Data Import Utility
  • eMerge Programming II
  • Defining 2 portals at an imaginary jobsite
  • Defining access control features for those portals
  • Adding users to the system
  • eMerge Programming III
  • Elevator control
  • Floor plans
  • Cameras/VMS
  • Threat level management
  • Monitoring Desktop

Graduates earn 1.6 CEUs. All attendees are required to bring a laptop computer.

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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 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.

Rutherford Controls also offers organization specific certifications. These include Just the Basics in Electric Locking, Just the Basics in Electric Locking & Wiring and Review of Electrical Locking Products

For more information, contact Tammy Mlak at 1-800-265-6630 ext. 2202.


Videx: CyberLock

This seminar provides an introduction to the Videx CyberLock access control system, covering basic design concepts and a detailed description of the hardware and software components. Students will see how the locks and keys are programmed, access schedules are created and access events are downloaded and viewed on the computer.

Videx also offers CyberLock Advanced Training, which covers all CyberLock cylinders available and will thoroughly present the features of CyberLocks, CyberKeys and CyberAudit software. The group will create a variety of applications on the computer, program the locks and keys, and retrieve the access events. Students in this class should have already completed the introductory course or be familiar with the CyberLock.

For more information: call 541-758-0521 or visit