Continuing Education

Aug. 4, 2014

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].

Doors & Hardware 101

Introducing Doors and Hardware 101 – a NEW, Updated, Self-Paced, Online Course from the Door & Hardware Institute. This course introduces the fundamentals of architectural doors and hardware to those new to this industry who want to understand the basics of the products and their applications.

Go to to order your single license access to The Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware (COR101) online course (Cost is $130). You will then be provided personalized access to DHInteractiv, our online education community.

The course comprises (15) lessons that will take approximately (40) hours for a student new to the industry to complete. You have unlimited online access to the course for a (180) day license period after registration.

You must complete the (15) lessons including the corresponding tests within this (180) day timeframe. Each individual test requires a 75% minimum score to pass. You may take each test as often as you like but only the highest score for each will be recorded in the system. DHInteractiv will calculate the final course grade as an average of the (15) individual tests and assign a final grade.

Final passing grades will be recorded in the student record in DHInteractiv and a Certificate of Completion will be issued. You may continue to access the course for another (180) days after completion for ongoing reference and may retake the tests to assess retention of the course materials during this timeframe.

There are no software or downloads required to view this course. It will run in Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, Chrome™ and browsers that have the Adobe® Flash® Player plugin installed. Most lessons include portions that are narrated, which requires your computer to have speakers or a headset. High speed internet connection is recommended. You may access the course from any computer with a user I.D. and password.

Lessons include:

LESSON 1: Hollow Metal Doors and Frames. Terminology, components, and materials used to manufacture hollow metal doors and frames.

LESSON 2: Architectural Wood Doors. Terminology, components, and materials used to manufacture flush and stile and rail architectural wood doors.

LESSON 3: Materials and Finishes. Common metals, materials, and finishes used in the builders hardware industry.

LESSON 4: Hand the Door. How to properly hand doors, door frames, and hardware products using industry-standard terms and abbreviations.

LESSON 5: Hang the Door. Introduction to builders hardware items that are used to carry the weight of the door leaves and the hardware items attached to them.

LESSON 6: Secure the Door – Door Bolts. Describes the different types of door bolts used to secure the inactive leaves of pairs of doors.

LESSON 7: Secure the Door – Locks and Latches. Different types of builders hardware locks and latches used to secure door openings.

LESSON 8: Secure the Door – Panic Hardware and Fire Exit Hardware. Explains the differences between panic hardware and fire exit hardware devices and teaches students when and how exit devices are used to meet the life safety requirements of building, fire, and life safety codes.

LESSON 9: Secure the Door – Cylinders and Keying. Explains the different types of cylinders used in builders hardware and provides students with a working understanding of pin tumbler cylinders as well as how masterkeying is designed to provide convenience to the building’s occupants.

LESSON 10: Control the Door. Surface mounted and concealed door closers that are used to control the opening and closing speeds of door leaves.

LESSON 11: Protect the Door. Various products (e.g., protection plates, door pulls, edge guards) that are used to protect door openings from being dented and scratched.

LESSON 12: Electrified Architectural Hardware. Provides students with a base-level understanding of the principles of basic electricity and how it is used to modify the functions of builders hardware items to enhance accessibility and maintain security in today’s buildings.

LESSON 13: Codes and Standards. Introduction to the many codes and standards that affect architectural door openings, with a focus on NFPA 80, NFPA 101, and ICC A117.1.

LESSON 14: Blueprint Reading, Specifications, and Scheduling. How to read blueprints and specifications and introduces students to hardware schedules.

LESSON 15: Jobsite Service. Preparing hardware submittals, marking and packaging doors, frames, and hardware items sets the stage for good jobsite service during the course of the project.

DHI Spring Technical Schools

Save the date for the Door & Hardware Institute’s two Spring 2015 Technical Schools. The U.S. Technical School is scheduled April 12-19 at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Va. DHI Canada is planning its Spring Technical School in Montreal, dates and details to be announced.

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

ASSA ABLOY Americas University Online

ASSA ABLOY Americas University is currently offering the following seven online Access Control courses:

  • Understanding Electricity – Basic
  • Understanding Electronic Access Control Architecture by Manufacturer
  • Understanding Electronic Access Control Systems –Legacy to Modern – How They Work
  • Understanding Electronic Security Fundamentals, Parts 1-3

This is a three-part set of courses intended to teach the student the fundamentals of Electronic Security

 Each course is separate and has to be ordered separately. The three courses take about 45 minutes each to complete and has an exam at the end. There is a quiz at the end of each course.

 Part 1 covers the four basic components of an electromechanical opening and how they work.

 Part 2 covers Discovery, Request to Exit, Door Position Switches, Monitoring, Door Controllers, Communication, Wiegand Protocol and Reader Types

 Part 3 covers Advanced Access Control, Enterprise Access Control, Project Management Basics, Coordination Meetings and Discovery Questions

  • Understanding How To Use the WT1 Wiegand Tester

To create an online profile and access more information about ASSA ABLOY University, visit

Kaba University

Since the introduction of Kaba University in April 2006, thousands of dealers and locksmiths throughout the United States and Canada have been successfully trained and certified on Kaba’s Simplex, E-Plex / FIPS products plus Enterprise Wireless Software. This has resulted in a stronger dealer network – bringing success to all certified Kaba University students.  

Kaba University’s  College of Access Control provides professional training in the following Kaba Access Control products. Classes listed below are at Kaba HQ in Winston-Salem, NC, but training and certification classes are also offered at industry trade shows.

  1. E-Plex Standard Electronic Pushbutton Lock Certification – built on Simplex pushbutton lock experience, E-Plex combines the ease of use of Simplex with the added security of electronic access control. 
  2. E-Plex Enterprise Access Control Systems Certification – combines security credentials with electronic access control. End users can incorporate access schedules and holiday blocks for specific users. Upcoming Dates: Dec. 9
  3. Simplex Mechanical Pushbutton Lock Certification – the industry standard for mechanical pushbutton keyless access: Upcoming Dates: Nov 11
  4. FIPS Software Certification – hands-on certification for the FIPS (Federal Information Process Standards 201) Software and the E-Plex 5800 Series lock. Upcoming Dates: Dec. 10
  5. SAM RF Software and InSync Product Certification – hands-on instruction of the SAM RF Software and InSync products plus understanding of Kaba’s innovative electronic key control system. 
  6. Wireless Feature Certification – hands-on instruction using the Zigbee Technology and the components necessary to install, understand and successfully operate the wireless features.  

After successfully completing a certification class, attendees will receive:

  • Certificate of Product Training
  • Your company will be listed on Kaba’s website as a Factory Trained Dealer – Over 5,000 locksmiths are currently listed as a Factory Trained Dealer
  • Superior Technical Support
  • Product tips and shortcuts to assist in everyday lock servicing

All Kaba seminars have been approved by the ALOA organization to provide CEU’s towards a locksmiths’ ALOA PRP re-certification and are approved as equivalent CEUs in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and New Jersey. Efforts are in motion to obtain approval from all states requiring CEUs for locksmiths.

To download course outlines, check for additional classes or enroll online, visit

Allegion School Security Full-Day Courses 

Allegion offers a variety of training courses, seminars and webinars to keep you abreast of technology and trends in school security.  This year, Allegion has added  two new options. Choose from an instructor-led course offered in cities across the US or the Power Hour Webinar Series covering a variety of thought leadership topics. 

Instructor-Led courses: School safety encompasses many elements.  Attend this program to learn about one of these important dimensions—locking hardware for your classrooms and other openings in your schools.  Learn how the correct application of hardware can contribute to a safer learning environment.  This interactive seminar will present proactive solutions which can be implemented immediately regardless of the position from which you are starting.

Day-long program topics include:

  • Common Fire and Life Safety Codes that Affect Lock Choices
  • Mechanical Locks: Classroom Security Function, Indicators and more
  • Exit Hardware: Optional Features Helpful to School Safety
  • Offline Electronic Locks: How to apply Remote Classroom Security
  • Networked Electronic Locks: How Hardwired and Wireless Locks Support Lockdown

Upcoming dates and locations:

  • St. Louis, MO - December 11

For more information and links to register online, visit

ALOA/ STAM Online Training

ALOA has partnered with STAM Multimedia Inc to offer Web Based Training (WBT) courses on the latest security technology – a new and innovative way to learn, train and improve skills and knowledge. Learn at your own pace, place & time with 24/7 access.

Five different web-based training courses cover the latest security technology.

  • CCTV-A Complete Review
  • Digital Video & Networking
  • Fiber Optics Technology
  • Biometrics Technology
  • Basic Electricity

For more information, visit

Other useful tools include:

  • CCTV Calculators
  • CCTV Quizzes
  • CCTV Articles
  • CCTV Glossary

MBA USA  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 2015 training schedule is posted online at Courses include:

Fundamentals of Locksmithing

GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician With GSA Approved Inspector

GSA Container Identification 

Combination Lock Technology 

Comprehensive Safe Lock Manipulation 

Electronic Safe Locks 1

Professional Safe Drilling

Safe Deposit Locks 2

Time Locks 

Advanced Safe Lock Manipulation 

Kaba Mas X-10 Certification

Sargent & Greenleaf Model 2740B Training

Lockmasters Security Institute

Lockmasters Security Institute's 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.

Casses, offered multiple times, include Professional Locksmithing, Combination Lock Manipulation, Professional Safe Lock Opening, Safe Deposit Box/Lock Servicing, Emergency Automotive Opening, Tactical Opening Level 1, GSA Authorized Safe & Vault Technician, Comprehensive Security Specialist, Access Control Technician, LKM7000 Certification, Kaba Mas X-09 Certification and S&G 2740 Certification.

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

The Access Control and Gate Operators Class is scheduled for Nov. 11-13. It covers installation and programming of Linear standalone access controllers. Students learn hardware, wiring scenarios, programming, and applications of Linear Stand Alone Access Controllers (Telephone Entry).

On Nov. 19, Linear offers Security & Home Automation (Go!Control) training. The future of security is here! inear’s 2GIG Technologies has launched its 21st century fully integrated alarm system called GO!Control.

To check 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.


This seminar provides an introduction to the 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