Continuing Education March 2011

Feb. 8, 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 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 2011 class schedules to Locksmith Ledger, fax 866-827-8020 or E-mail to [email protected].

Tri-Ed / Northern Video’s IP Video Tech Tour

Tri-Ed / Northern Video Distribution’s North American IP Video Technology Tour continues in 2011 with the introduction of the Level II training class. Students will learn about the OSI Model, IP Naming Structure, Network Design Best Practices and Switch Basics. ESA certification for the Level II class is expected to be announced in early 2011, and Level I classes will still be offered upon request.

Jeff Stout, Network Solutions Manager for Tri-Ed / Northern Video, will continue to instruct the 2011 classes, along with Mike Leary, Network Product Specialist, who will lead the West Coast training classes. Dates have been announced as follows:

March 3, Buffalo, NY; March 8, Boston, MA & Seattle, WA; March 10,Milford, CT & Portland, OR; March 22, Chicago, IL & Edmonton, AB, Canada; March 24, Kansas City, KS & Vancouver, BC, Canada.

April 5, Las Vegas, NV; April 19, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; April 20, Plainview, NY; April 21, Westchester, NY & Calgary, AB, Canada; and April 26, Minneapolis, MN.

 “The trainings throughout 2010 were hugely successful and attracted substantial turnouts,” notes Pat Comunale, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our customers look to us for IP training. We’re committed to providing that to them to keep them competitive and on top of all the changing technologies.”


SAVTA Training Classes

Safetech 2011, the annual convention of the Safe & Vault Technicians of America, includes five full days of classes the week of March 28-April 1 in Lexington, KY. Classes include: 101 Basic Safe Penetration & Repair; Computers for Safetechs; CPS Preparation; All About Bank Vault Locks; Professional G2 Safe Lock Manipulation; Lock Restoration; Electronic Safe Locks; Comprehensive Safe Deposit Locks; LKM 7000 Installation/Operation; CDX-09 Installation/Operation and GSA Updates; Professional Safe Lock Servicing; Professional Safe Opening; Kaba Mas X-09 Installation/Operation; Spindle Extraction Manipulation System; Basic Photography for the Security Professional; Sargent & Greenleaf 2740; Saregent & Greenleaf Factory Tour; GSA Today; LaGard Electronic Lock Certification; and Successful Safe Sales, Service and Moving.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For complete information, visit

Medeco Certifications

The Medeco3® Certification class covers the design and operation of door hardware cylinders and cam locks. Hands-on exercises are used to disassemble and assemble a Medeco3 mortise cylinder, decode a Medeco3 key, pin a cylinder to a decoded key and master key a cylinder. Matrix masterkey reading, application of MACS, specialty tools, levels of key control, and an overview of the product line and interchangeable core pinning specifications are also covered.

Upcoming dates:

  • March 2 at Medeco headquarters, Salem, VA
  • March 17, Phoenix, AZ (IML Expo)
  • March 23, Silver Springs, MD (Clark Security)
  • May 3, Seattle (KDL)

KeyMark x4 Certification is a technical and sales training class for retail and institutional locksmiths, dispatchers, sales people and end users who want to become more familiar with KeyMark x4 by Medeco. The class covers the features, design and operation of KeyMark x4 interchangeable cores, key-in-knob cylinders, padlocks and deadbolts. Attendees should have a basic understanding of how a common pin tumbler lock works and have experience in pinning a pin tumbler cylinder.

Upcoming dates:

  • March 3 at Medeco headquarters, Salem, VA.

For more information and registration information, visit and click on Technical Training/Support.

ADI Expos 2011

ADI expanded its training initiatives, adding a variety of new courses in IP, residential and commercial A/V, intrusion and more.

ADI’s training is available at branches across North America. ADI is teaming up with industry associations and vendors to provide security professions with training courses to match all skill levels. The program includes Expo seminars, IP Electronic Systems Networking Technicians (ESNT) Certification Training, AXIS Communications IP training courses, CEDIA Business Operations Makeover, CEDIA Electronic Systems Technician Workshop, CEDIA Lead-Based Paint Removal Training, Electronic Security Association (ESA) training classes through the National Training School (NTS) including Level 1 Certification, Burglar Alarm, Fire Alarm, CCTV, Access Control & Troubleshooting, NICET Fire Alarm Training and FireLite Systems Training courses.

In addition, ADI will offer online training courses including the IP 101 Webinar for Technicians, Fiber Optic System Planning Webinar, Webinar Training for IP Tools & Testing, and residential and commercial A/V webinars.

2011 ADI Expos:

  • March 3, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; March 8, Toronto, Canada; March 10, St. Louis, MO
  • April 14, Regina, Canada; April 19, Nashville; April 21, Phoenix; April 26, Cleveland, OH; April 28, Baltimore
  • May 3, New Orleans; May 5, Seattle; May 10, Calgary, Canada; May 12, Richmond, VA; May 12, Edmondton, Canada; May 17, Denver; May 24, Detroit
  • June 1, Chicago; June 7, Columbus, OH; June 9, Halifax, Canada; June 21, Memphis; June 22, Winnipeg, Canada; June 28, Albuquerque, NM
  • July 14, San Juan, PR; July 21, Cincinnati; July 28, Raleigh, NC
  • Aug. 11, Washington DC; Aug. 23, Piladelphia; Aug. 25, Houston; Aug. 30, Tampa, FL
  • Sept. 14, Fort Myers, FL
  • Oct. 6, Ottawa, Canada; Oct. 13, Santa Clara, CA; Oct. 20, Atlanta; Oct. 27, Louisville, KY
  • Nov. 10, Boston; Nov. 15, Dallas; Nov. 17, Long Island, NY; Dec. 1, Montreal, Canada

For more information about ADI, visit

Secura Key RK65K Product Training Tutorial

Secura Key is offering a PowerPoint Product Training Tutorial for its popular RK65K Standalone Access Control Unit.  It is available on the Secura Key website, by clicking on Support, then Training/Tutorials.

The RK65K is one of the industry’s most popular standalone proximity readers, controlling up to 65,000 cards and programmed with a passive hand-held programmer.

The PowerPoint tutorial includes information on installation, operating and troubleshooting the RK65K, and includes product features, wiring and mounting instructions, configuration and programming procedures, and information on how to connect the unit to an access control panel, using its Wiegand output connection.

Secura Key continues to add to its online training program.  According to Secura Key’s Technical Training Manager, Jeff Hamilton, “This is a low-cost alternative to for dealers who don’t have the time or resources to send technicians to California for factory training.  It also allows technicians in the field with Internet access to get installation and troubleshooting tips on demand.”

The RK65K product training will also be offered periodically as a live interactive webinar conducted by Jeff Hamilton (check the Secura Key website for scheduling and registration information).  Secura Key is also able to offer one-on-one training sessions for individuals or small groups by special request.

Secura Key products are available through major distributors of security, access control, locking hardware and gate control equipment.

Lockmasters Security Institute Early 2011 Classes

Lockmasters Security Institute has released posted its 2011 Course Schedule 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. Detailed course descriptions are available online.

Professional Locksmithing provides you with a comprehensive set of skills to masterkey most industrial locking systems. In Mechanical Safe Lock Servicing classes, students learn the fundamentals to identify and troubleshoot mechanical safe locks. In Electronic Safe Lock Servicing classes, students learn the fundamentals to identify and troubleshoot electronic safe locks. In Safe Deposit Lock Servicing, students learn how to service, repair and maintain safe deposit locks. Basic Safe Penetration classes teach how to accurately drill a safe without damaging the integrity of the safe and how to strategically drill into a safe and defeat the locking mechanism. Combination Lock Manipulation teaches how to manipulate a lock to retrieve the combination. LockOne gives certification on the proper methods for installing, servicing and maintaining the Kaba Mas X-09 & LKM7000 Lock Series on SCIF doors. In Group 1 Lock Training, students study the Sargent & Greenleaf 8400/8500 and 2937 Group I and/or IR Mechanical Combination Locks and explore the vulnerability, strength and weaknesses and techniques to manipulate these locks without damage to the lock or security container. Tactical Entry Level 1 gives the student the ability to identify the Target lock(s), the doors or hardware that they are on and determine the best method of defeat; enter the target facility, take control of the asset and exit the target facility without leaving evidence of the entry. Access Control Technician (ACT) teaches how to become a proficient technician and installer that can service, maintain, troubleshoot access control systems.

Detailed course descriptions are available online.

March 2011 Courses:

Feb. 28-March 10: GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician, Woodbridge, VA

March 11: GSA Inspector Certification (1 Day Addendum), Woodbridge VA

March 7-18: Professional Locksmithing Course, Nicholasville, KY

March 15-18: Multimodal SCCS, LA

March 18: S&G 2740 Lock Training, Nicholasville, KY

March 21-25: Aviation O.P.S., Dallas

March 21-31: GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician, Nicholasville, KY

April 2011 Courses:

April 1, GSA Inspector Certification (1 Day Addendum)

April 4-8, Group I Lock Training

April 4-6: GSA Inspector Certification (3-day course)

April 11-15: Tactical Entry, Level 1

April 11-21: GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician

April 22: GSA Inspector Certification (1-day addendum)

April 25-May 6: Professional Locksmithing

April 28: LKM7000 Lock Certification, San Diego, CA

April 29: S&G 2740 Lock Training, San Diego, CA

SIA Security Project Manager Course

The Security Industry Association (SIA) project manager training program focuses on the unique demands of electronic security projects, an approach that attendees say provides significant benefits in a short amount of time.

SIA’s four-day Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) program stresses the hands-on aspects of designing and managing security projects and is aimed at helping attendees achieve the hallmarks of effective project management – bringing projects in on time and on budget. It is offered several times a year in the United States and Canada.

Keith Cohick of Security Management Consulting, meanwhile, said that the CSPM program’s focus on the security industry sets it apart from other project management courses and gives security professionals the expertise needed to “step in and share the limelight of a security project.” The course, he added, is a wise investment for both security project managers and their employers.

“This class was one of the best classes that I have attended during my career,” Cohick said after taking the course in Virginia in June. “I realize the cost can be a concern to many companies in this day and age. However, my personal opinion is that after completing this class, that person brings back the information and shares it with upper management. At that point, you can restructure and or make minor changes to your company processes. The cost up-front will be made back many times over.”

More information is available by visiting or contacting Kim Roberts, SIA's manager of education and training, at (703) 647-8496 or [email protected].

Assa Abloy Americas University

ASSA ABLOY Americas listened to its customers and partners when they voiced their need for a comprehensive and complete training program. The new solution is two-fold: Provide learning environments that are near major metropolitan areas in the form of state-of-the art training centers and provide a wealth of eLearning online training programs.

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

Each training center has a classroom and a lab with full size doors that students prepare, core and install products in a real life experience. For full schedule, location, cost and registration information, visit

DORMA eLearning

DORMA Architectural Hardware’s “DORMA eLearning” site ( ) offers a convenient, online platform for learning about architectural hardware and obtaining continuing education credits through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). DORMA is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems, All courses meet health, safety, welfare and sustainable design requirements.

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.

Customized Product Seminars provides personalized and custom training. Contact your local or regional sales representative to arrange for a customized product seminar.

Rutherford Controls also offers organization specific certifications. Different organizations and seminars come with a variety of credit hours and points. Some of the certified programs we offer include Just the Basics in Electric Locking, Just the Basics in Electric Locking & Wiring and Review of Electrical Locking Products

For more information regarding certifications and custom seminars in the United States, contact Tammy Mlak at 1-800-265-6630 ext. 2202.

SDC Road Academy

SDC Academy hits the road to major cities. SDC Road Academy curriculum includes product education, real world access hardware applications, doors and frames, new and retrofit construction and life safety code compliance. Go to to download full details and RSVP form, or contact factory for future SDC Road Academy Dates. Or call 800.413.8783.


MBA USA, Inc.’s course schedule includes GSA security container classes on servicing, opening, & repair, GSA container identification, and GSA approved container inspection. Together these add up to 10 days of GSA training every month the classes are scheduled.

MBA also offers a 10-day Fundamentals of Locksmithing class, as well as bank and safe lock servicing classes and can conduct customized classes.

Training is held at MBA’s new education center in Nicholasville, KY. All classes are small (never more than 9 students) in order to maintain high standards.

Contact MBA USA, Inc. at 1-888-622-5495 or e-mail us at [email protected] or [email protected].

DynaLock Electronic Security Hardware

DynaLock offers training sessions on electronic security hardware at its headquarters in Bristol, CT, led by John L. Schum, VP Sales and a Door and Hardware Institute Instructor for 20 years. Classes cover electric wiring diagrams, basic security hardware and code compliance. Experienced DynaLock technical staff also presents hands-on classes in creating and wiring locking/access systems.

Upcoming dates:  Classes are scheduled upon request at DynaLock or distributor locations.

For more information: call 877-DYNALOCK or Email [email protected].

Marks i-Que Certification Class

In the i-Que electronic certification class, students will learn about the versatility of the Marks stand-alone access control product line. The class covers all types of locksets - cylindrical, mortise, tubular and exit device.  From the basic functions of the Metro series to the high-end proximity lock, the features and highlights of each type of lock will be discussed. The students will work with a mount and lockset installing the lock on the pre-drilled mount; then setting up the lock for operation at a simulated job site. The students will then install user codes and some basic programming using the keypad. The class will then review the software package that can be utilized to program the locks.  The class will conclude with a question and answer session.  At the end of class, the students will be given the mounted sample lockset they have worked on.

Instructor is Raymond Krispin Director of Electronics Marks USA. For more information: 631-225-5400.

Securitron University

This one-day series of courses is designed for all levels of experience in electronic locking, including electronics, wiring, product selection, site survey and installation. Sessions include: Basic Electricity and Electric Locking, Advanced Electric Lock Wiring, State-of-the-Art Smart Products, Electric Lock System Site Survey and Design, Securitron State of the Art Smart Product System Wiring and Securitron Electric Lock Installation 101.

This class is offered at Securitron headquarters in Sparks, NV. On-location classes may be scheduled through Securitron sales representatives or instructors.

For more information: Mark McBroom, telephone 800-624-5625, Ext. 443, Email [email protected].

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

About the Author

Emily Pike | Managing Editor

Emily Pike is managing editor of Locksmith Ledger International.