Continuing Education Fall 2012

Nov. 2, 2012

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 [email protected].

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:

ILA Convention Educational Classes

The Instititutional Locksmiths Association will hold its 30th Annual National Education Conference Oct. 5-8  in Elk Grove Village, IL. The organization offers a wide range of educational classes, listed below. Pre-registration is required and more information (including instructors and class descriptions) can be found online at

  • Aluminum Door and Frame Hardware Installation,4 hours
  • Architectural Door Openings/AIA/CES & GBCI/CMP, 4 hours
  • Basic Door Hardware HW101, 8 hours
  • Basic Master Keying MK101, 4 hours
  • Blueprint Reading, 4 hours
  • DETEX Auto Operator Installation/Servicing, 4 hours
  • Electronic Security & Integrated Home Control, 4 hours
  • History of Door Hardware, 8 hours
  • Instructor Training, 4 hours
  • Medeco eCylinder Training, 4  hours
  • Medeco3 Certification, 8 hours
  • Medeco X4 Certification, 4 hours
  • NFPA 80 Annual Fire Door Assembly Inspection, 4 hours
  • NAPCO Standalone High Security Wired Access Control, 4 hours

Certification is also an important part of the ILA’s mission, with much training geared towards earning three levels of certification:

Level 1 - Certified Institutional Locksmith (CIL)

Level 2 - Certified Journeyman Institutional Locksmith (CJIL)

Level 3 - Certified Master Institutional Locksmith (CMIL)

A study session and testing are also on the convention schedule. Again, check online at for pre-registration requirements.

Door & Hardware Institute Educational Programs

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.

Registrations are now being accepted for the DHI Canada Fall 2013 Technical School Oct. 28-Nov. 2 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. The program includes six full days of classes, geared towards taking the CDC or AHC exam.

A comprehensive curriculum class includes 14 modules. Students can also opt for the following four different tracks:

Focus on CDC – Using Door & Frame Standards (CDC300) and Detail Doors & Frames (CDC305)

Focus on AHC – Detailing Hardware (AHC205) and Masterkeying (AHC200)

Discounts are available for students taking multiple tracks and employers sending multiple students. Enrolment in a module includes breakfast, lunch and two breaks each day plus access to the students’ lounge. Pre-registration is required.

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Free IR School Security Seminars & Webinars

Locksmiths can spend a day or hour learning about K-12 schools and their security and safety challenges. You could be taught by Paul Timm PSP, one of the security industry’s most respected voices. Timm is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and the president of RETA Security, Inc.  He is also a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and one of the nation’s leading experts in school and campus safety.

The day-long seminars including learning how to identify and address key areas of vulnerability, best practices in current emergency preparedness standards, when and how to conduct a lockdown, and creative source of funding for school security. The seminars will begin again in September and a listing of places and times will be posted online at

Webinars are an abbreviated version of the seminars. Upcoming one-hour webinars will be held:

  • October 10 – 2 p.m. EST

Information and sign-up can be found on the website.

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

MBA USA 2013/2014 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 2013 and 2014 training schedules are now posted online at

GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician With GSA Approved Inspector (11-day course. Last day is optional): Oct. 14 – 25, Dec. 2 – 13.

Basic GSA Approved Container Inspection Course (3-day course):  Nov. 5 – 7. For Inspector Renewals, only the first two days of the basic course is necessary.

GSA Container Identification (1-day course): Nov. 4. Highly recommended for ALL levels of experience before taking the Inspection course.

Sargent & Greenleaf Model 2740 Lock Training (1-day course):  Nov. 8. Factory authorized training on S&G’s NEW Government lock approved under FF-L-2740

Fundamentals of Locksmithing (10-day course): Nov. 11 - 22

Safe Lock Manipulation (2-day course): Oct. 2 - 3

Time Locks (2-day course): Oct. 7 - 8

Professional Safe Drilling (2-day course): Oct. 4 - 5

Safe Deposit Locks (2-day course:) Oct. 9 - 10

Lockmasters Security Institute

Lockmasters Security Institute's 2013 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. Detailed course descriptions are available online.

Online courses are also available on the following topics: Combination Lock Manipulation, Comprehensive Security Specialist, GSA Inspector Re-Certification, GSA Safe & Vault Technician Certification and Mechanical Safe Lock Servicing.

October 2013 classes include:

Oct. 7-11: Combination Lock Manipulation

Oct. 14-16: Professional Safe Lock Opening

Oct. 14-15: Professional Locksmithing

Oct. 17-18: Safe Deposit Box/Lock Servicing

Oct. 19: Emergency Automotive Opening

Oct. 21-25: Tactical Opening Level 1

Oct. 28-Nov. 8: GSA Authorized Safe & Vault Technician

November 2013 Courses:

Nov. 4-15: Comprehensive Security Specialist

Nov. 11-22: Access Control Technician

Nov. 18: LKM7000 Certification

Nov. 19: Kaba Mas X-09 Certification

Nov. 20: S&G 2740 Certification

December 2013 Courses:

Dec. 2-13: Professional Locksmithing

Dec. 2-13: GSA Authorized Safe & Vault Technician

Dec. 2-6: SCIF Training ICD 705, VA

ALOA Basic Locksmithing

2013 dates have been announced for the ALOA Training Center Six-Day Basic Locksmithing Course at ALOA Headquarters in Dallas, TX.

Upcoming Dates are: Dec. 9-14.

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: [email protected]. Website:

ADI Expo 2013 Dates

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.

October Expo Dates/Locations: Oct. 1, Louisville, KY; Oct. 3, Miami, FL; Oct. 10, Santa Clara, CA; Oct. 17, Atlanta; Oct 24., Reading, PA; Oct. 29, Las Vegas.

November Expo Dates/Locations: Nov. 7, Boston, MA; Nov. 12, Long Island, NY; Nov. 14, Dallas, TX.

For more information about ADI, visit

IP Video Technology Tours

Tri-Ed / Northern Video Distribution continues to offer its hugely successful North American IP Video Technology Tours throughout the year. The free, one-day training events are held in Tri-Ed / Northern Video branch locations across the country.

These comprehensive IP trainings, led by Jeff Stout, Tri-Ed / Northern Video’s director of network solutions, and Mike Leary, network product specialist, cover important technical topics such as Video Resolution, Illumination, Ethernet Transmission, Surge Suppression, Recording Platforms, Types of Networks and Understanding Storage.

Tri-Ed / Northern Video Distribution is translating IP into Infinite Possibilities for dealers and integrators across North America. In addition to offering them an extensive line card of IP products, Tri-Ed / Northern Video’s free, meaningful and ongoing IP trainings have educated more than 3000 customers thus far and are helping ensure their success in this exploding sector. “Our IP trainings are meeting a critical need for our customers and enabling them to compete in the IP arena,” Stout notes.

Upcoming Dates & Locations: Oct. 16, New York City; Nov. 13, Southern California.

For more information visit

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

To check for the training schedule or for information on CEU credits, visit

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.

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