Continuing Education Summer 2016

July 4, 2016

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 2018 class schedules to Locksmith Ledger, fax 866-827-8020 or E-mail to [email protected].


ASSA ABLOY is proud to announce the launch of ASSA ABLOY Academy, a consolidation of its robust training programs that enable security professionals to be more effective at their job of protecting both people and places.

The program offerings are highlighted on a new website at, which features an upgraded learning management system to streamline coursework through an enhanced user interface.

The Academy features all of the existing content from ASSA ABLOY Americas University including online courses, onsite classes at learning centers, and a Mobile Installation Training Vehicle that provides hands-on training at any location.

“Our educational offerings have seen amazing success over the past decade,” said Mark Brewer, the Director of Education at ASSA ABLOY Academy. “The new website brings it all together in a modernized platform. It allows us to provide the most relevant training possible in an easy-to-use interface that enables learning and gives us opportunities to expand our offering.”

The goal of ASSA ABLOY Academy is to provide essential learning opportunities for all professionals in the security industry. This dovetails with ASSA ABLOY’s core mission of protecting the people and places that matter most in this world.

“If we provide quality training for security professionals they will be better at executing on their mission of making facilities safe and secure,” said Sean McGrath, Vice President of Marketing, Business Development and Training, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “We view the ASSA ABLOY Academy as a critical and unique offering for everyone who wants to improve the way in which they protect the critical assets of our world.”

DHI ConNextions

The Door & Hardware Institute's annual convention, DHI ConNextions 2018, is May 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center and includes an extensive lineup of educational sessions. DHI conNextions is the only conference and trade show serving the non-residential door and hardware industry in North America. Through high-quality education and hands-on training, facilitated networking and demonstrations of the latest products and technology, DHI conNextions provides door security and safety professionals with the collective intelligence needed to advance their careers and grow their businesses in today’s rapidly evolving market. 

Classes include:

 Cutting Through the Confusion of Electrified Hardware

  • Interfacing Electric Locks & Access Control Systems To Low Energy Operators
  • IoT – What It Means And How It Will Shape Our Built Environment
  • Opportunities For Delayed Egress Solutions In The Long Term Care Market
  • Low-Energy Automatic Door Openers For ADA Compliance

More Info:

DHI’s education and certification programs are not limited to just DHI members but are available to anyone involved in door security and safety at all levels and functions; manufacturers, distributors, locksmiths, security dealers/installers, system integrators, etc. Go to or contact Hanne Sevachko, Education Manager at 703-222-2010 for more information.

2018 Canada Spring Technical School: May 28-June 2, Holiday Inn Montreal Airport Hotel

2018 DHI Fall U.S. Technical School: Oct 22-27, Embassy Suites, Scottsdale, AZ

2018 Canada Fall Technical School: Nov. 5-9, Calgary, AB

KDL Hardware Supply Tradeshow

KDL Hardware Supply will hold its 35th annual Tradeshow and Locksmith Education event May 14-19 at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S., Tukwila, WA 98168.

Registration Information: Register online at, click catalog / online ordering, then enter Event Details in the Manufacturers box. All classes may be reviewed, selected and added to one’s cart. A KDL CSR may call you for further enrollment details if needed . You may also call your favorite KDL CSR or call event contact, Nikole Buck, at 800-926-7716 ext 100, email [email protected].

Classes include:

  • Investigative Locksmithing
  • Fundamental Locksmith Skills
  • Lock Picking
  • Successful Site Survey
  • Basic Low Voltage Electricity
  • Storefront Hardware
  • A Close-Up Look at Door Closers
  • Impressioning
  • Medeco Certification
  • Advanced Electronic System Wiring
  • Master Keying
  • Mechanical & Electrified Exit Devices
  • Advanced Shop Management
  • Olympus Cabinet Locks
  • Best I/C Core Combinating
  • Precision Exits & Stanley Closers
  • Safe Cracking
  • School Locking Hardware
  • Life Safety Code Compliance
  • ADA Fundamentals
  • Alarm Lock Training
  • Preparing for a Fire Door Inspection
  • Keyless Access Control
  • Locksmith Website Design

IDN Training Opportunities

IDN has a number of one-day training opportunities at various branches this spring. More Info:

Upcoming classes include:

  • Chicago ASSA ABLOY Training, May 1
  • Grand Rapids Codelocks and Trine Class, May 3
  • St. Louis Markapalooza, May 17
  • IDN Minneapolis Trade show, June 28
  • For full listings of trade shows, customer appreciation days and training classes, visit

Sargent & Greenleaf Training

The following free courses from Sargent & Greenleaf are designed for distributors, sales representatives, locksmiths and integrators. Courses are free at S&G Global Headquarters, 1 Security Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

2740B: The Sargent and Greenleaf 2740B lock was designed to meet Federal Specification FF-L-2740B and is approved for use in protecting our nation’s classified materials. This class will provide instruction in the installation, setup, and programming of the S&G 2740B combination lock. Technicians must successfully complete the approved training class and pass a written exam at the conclusion of the class in order to become a registered technician in the S&G database.

2890B: The Sargent and Greenleaf 2890B, built to Federal Specification FF-L-2890B, is an integrated door lock designed to meet both security and life safety demands of highly sensitive SCIF environments. Equipped with single motion egress, the S&G 2890B Locking System allows for intuitive and safe egress from inside a SCIF. In this class, you will learn about specification FF-L-2890B and its requirements, and how to install the S&G 2890B Pedestrian Door Lock. Receive installation certification for all six types of the S&G 2890B Locking System using the S&G 2740B lock.

2740B Certification Class: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

2890B Certification Class: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

More Info: or call 859-885-9411

ALOA Fundamentals of Locksmithing

ALOA Security Professionals Association is offering its six-day Fundamentals of Locksmithing training course  at its Dallas headquarters on the following dates: May 14-19, 2018; Oct. 1-6, 2018 and Dec. 3-8, 2018.

The ALOA Continuing Education (ACE) 6-day Basic Locksmithing Course provides students with 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 will 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, dis-assembly 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

At the completion of the class, students receive a tool kit containing the following items: pinning kit, pin tray, follower, tweezers, key gauge, special hollow follower and master follower, Kwikset cylinder removal tool, shim stock, round impressioning file, Ilco Key Blank Directory, PRP Resource Guide which includes the ALOA Locksmith Dictionary, reference manual and Life Safety Codes & ADA class manual.
Class location is the ALOA Training Center in Dallas, Texas. Price: $1295.00 for ALOA members, $1495.00 for non members + $65.00 non refundable registration fee (must pass a background check). For more information or to register, contact the ALOA Education Department, phone 800-532-2562 x101 or E-mail [email protected]. Courses 

ALOA has partnered with to bring itsmembers the latest in security industry training. All courses are online, self-paced training and are approved for CEUs at the national and state level. ALOA members receive a deep discount on all courses. offers over 100 hours of online industry content in topics such as:

  • IP Networking
  • Access Control
  • IP Video
  • Wireless Technologies
  • NICET Fire Prep Training (Level I and II)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Codes and Standards
  • Structured Wiring

Currently 34 states have low voltage licensing requirements. Of those, 27 states have CEU requirements to maintain that license. Now, ALOA members can fulfill their CEU requirements for required licensing they have by taking training. Additionally, you may maintain valuable professional certifications such as those offered by ASIS, BICSI, CEDIA, ALOA and more.

For more information, visit

MBA USA Courses

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

Full 2018 training schedules are posted online at Courses include:

The 10-day Fundamentals of Locksmithing is a class that teaches the skills necessary for anyone working with locks. It was created to give those who are just starting a career in locksmithing, or who require locksmithing as part of their job in the military or other government service, a solid background in the basics. It is also ideal for anyone considering a locksmithing career but who wishes to first learn more about the trade. This class has been approved for 10 points towards the ALOA PRP Recertification requirements. 

New classes for 2018 are:

Key Operated Safe Locks:  This class is designed to take the mystery out of key-locks commonly found on high security safes. Before you can learn to effectively drill or pick these formidable locks you have to understand them. The class will focus on the identification and operation of changeable locks, as well as give instruction on picking basic lever locks. The skills gained in this class will be extremely useful for any safe technician. It is also an excellent preparatory class for those who will be taking their CPS or CMST safe exams.
Advanced Lock Defeat: This course has been designed for those that would like an effective method of decoding pin and disc tumbler locks without having to take them apart. Methodology will be covered on many different decoding methods. Once the methods have been learned then the student can formulate a plan to use the techniques to decode most locks encountered. Students will learn to fabricate their own tools for various decoding methods using a variety of measuring instruments. Lock picking and impressioning will round out this fast paced course.- 
Low Voltage Technology and Wiring: This comprehensive course was developed to give both new and experienced field technicians a solid understanding of low voltage systems. It is the foundation class for anyone who plans on installing intrusion-detection systems; access control systems; CCTV systems; network cabling, and even home theater systems. This class (or the ability to pass all the testing material incorporated in it) is prerequisite to taking our Intrusion Detection, CCTV, or Access Control classes.

Intrusion Detection System Design and Installation: This course was designed for people who want a solid foundation in the planning and installation of modern intrusion detection systems (Burglar Alarms). It is perfect for people seeking employment with an existing alarm company, for locksmiths who want to branch out into new markets, and for security company managers who want a better understanding of what their field techs deal with on a daily basis. You MUST attend our Low Voltage class (or be able to pass all of its testing material) before taking this class.
Access Control System Design and InstallationThis course was designed for people who want a solid foundation in the planning and installation of modern Electronic Access Control systems. It is perfect for people seeking employment with a Security Integrator, for locksmiths who want to branch out into new markets, and for security company managers who want to experience what their field techs deal with on a daily basis. You MUST have attended our Low Voltage class (or be able to pass all of its testing material) because this class builds on that foundation. 
CCTV System Design and Installation

Street Smart Lock Defeat for First Responders

Anixter University

Anixter University offers an array of technical and standards-based information for contractors, integrators, end users and consultants. Based on best practices gained through decades of experience, Anixter University organizes its technology curricula into colleges, and each college contains courses of varying technical levels.

Courses are provided at no cost and most are certified for BICSI Continuing Education Credits. They're tailored to suit customers’ learning requirements and are delivered in a straightforward, unbiased way and in a variety of formats, including on-demand courses and live webinars. On-demand courses can be accessed at Anixter's Solution Support team conducts training and technical Q&A sessions for larger groups via webinar. Customers may request group training through their Anixter sales representative.

All the courses address real-world problem solving in the markets that Anixter serves. Anixter University’s colleges span the Data Center CollegePhysical Security CollegeBuilding Technologies College and the Industrial Infrastructure College.

Through the Data Center College, attendees will understand the various types of solutions available for current and future data center infrastructure issues. The various courses the Data Center College offers are taught from a non-sales, non-product-specific curriculum formatted to suit your organization's training and education needs.

Anixter University's Physical Security College is designed to help attendees gain an understanding of the various types of solutions available for corporate physical security systems, including video surveillance and access control systems. The courses aid in the development of comprehensive systems for a variety of corporate environments and applications by using the most recent hardware and software technologies.

The Building Technologies College educates attendees on the various types of building technology solutions they should consider when planning to renovate or build a new corporate facility or campus. The courses thoroughly cover subjects such as in-building wireless (IBW) systems (indoor extension of RF, cell and Wi-Fi coverage), copper and fiber cabling for IP/Ethernet data communications networks, passive optical LAN (POL), intelligent building management systems and unified communications systems.

The Industrial Infrastructure College teaches the various types of industrial infrastructure technology solutions to consider when planning to renovate or build a new industrial facility or campus. These courses aid in the development of comprehensive systems for a variety of industrial communications environments and applications using the most recent hardware and software technologies. They cover the basic principles of IP/Ethernet networking with a focus on the manner in which the new control protocols are best deployed in the industrial environments and applications.

Each college course is labeled with a level number indicating the degree of technical information contained in the course. The Level 100 courses are considered prerequisites to be completed prior to higher-level courses. Most of the courses offered are accredited with Continuing Education Credits (CECs) from BICSI and other professional organizations that can be used to aid attendees in maintaining their professional certifications. Course descriptions list the associated CEC information for which the course is qualified.

Classes last approximately 60 minutes and contain knowledge check questions to reinforce the concepts discussed. At the end of each course, the student is required to complete a quiz with an 80 percent correct score in order to be issued a completion certificate. This certificate may be submitted by the student to request that the CECs be applied to the student’s transcript.

To view more course details or to register for an on-demand class, visit

Paxton Access Control Workshops

Paxton Access has announced a new dealer training program across its access control product range; Net2 and Paxton BLU. Paxton’s dealer workshops are being offered at a variety of convenient locations nationwide. 

The practical workshops are designed to provide dealers with the essential knowledge needed to install Paxton products with confidence and ensure dealers always offer the best access control solution to their customers.

The program means U.S. training is now in line with Paxton’s global training program, offering workshops covering both Net2 Essential and Net2 Advanced.  The company will also offer workshops for Paxton BLU, its new, cloud-based access control solution.  Each session lasts 4 hours and is free for a limited time only*

Workshops will include a method of short lectures followed by hands-on practical sessions to help dealers to get familiar with the systems in the classroom. Training includes installation techniques, fault finding, administration, and use of the systems.

The Net2 Advanced workshops are designed for dealers who have already completed the Net2 Essential training.   These workshops will include exploring the options available for integrating Net2 with third party products and how dealers can unlock the power and flexibility of Triggers & Actions within the Net2 system.

More Info:   

Alarm Lock Live & On Demand Webinars 

Since the release of training classes, Alarm Lock, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies and long time believer in education and training, is pleased to report webinars and On-Demand versions are growing increasingly popular.  Taught by Alarm Lock National Trainer Andy Phelps, classes are available locally, in the field nationwide, or at your computer in the comfort of your home or office with online live webinar classes.

Training is available on Trilogy® installation & repair, Trilogy T3, ArchiTech™ installation & programming, Alarm Lock DL Windows Software, and Alarm Lock Networx systems including gateways and Networx locks.  Earn factory-certification on Alarm Lock products while learning the latest new technology, installation & programming techniques and growth in new markets.

All local Alarm Lock classes are hands-on and taught with real-world applications and locking expertise, while webinar classes can be taken at the comfort of your own computer – no gas or travel required. Webinars are presented live and offer a Question & Answer session following each session.

For a full list of classes, dates and locations, or to register for classes, visit, call your local distributor or Alarm Lock at 800-645-9445, email [email protected] or contact Andy Phelps at [email protected]. Please note that some classes may require a fee. 

Kaba University

Since the introduction of Kaba University, thousands of installers and locksmiths throughout the United States and Canada have been successfully trained and certified on Kaba’s Simplex pushbutton locks, E-Plex electronic lock series, including Enterprise Wireless and FIPS 201 Software, and multihousing access control solution SAM RF Software and InSync lock series. This has resulted in a stronger dealer network – bringing success to all certified Kaba University students. Classes include:

Simplex Mechanical Pushbutton Lock Certification

E-Plex Standard Electronic Pushbutton Lock Certification

SAM RF / InSync Certification

E-Plex Enterprise Access Control System Certification

E-Plex Wireless Feature Certification

FIPS 201.1 Software Certification

More Info:

Lockmasters Security Institute

Lockmasters Security Institute’s full schedule is available at Classes will include:

Classes are offered at two LSI locations, Nicholasville, KY, and Woodbridge, VA.

Galaxy Control Systems On-Demand Training

Galaxy Control Systems, a leading provider of integrated access control security solutions, has launched on online Video Library  at The professionally produced videos provide partners with convenient access to Galaxy’s eight most common tech support questions, with more to come over the next several months.

“Service and support for our dealers and customers is our top priority,” said Rick Caruthers, Executive Vice President, Galaxy Control Systems. “Our new Video Library provides them with a comprehensive variety of information that is easily and quickly accessible from the office or from the field.”

Beyond providing valuable support, these videos can also be used as training tools or refresher courses to allow installers to maintain their skills and knowledge about the company’s access control hardware and software solutions. Galaxy Control Systems will revisit key topics periodically based on input from dealers and technicians to continue to provide the most helpful and up-to-date support in the future.

For more information on Galaxy Control, visit, call 800.445.556 or email [email protected].

HID Academy

The newly designed Genuine HID Academy Learning Center portal provides convenient on-demand access to industry leading online training and enrollment to certification programs delivered by dedicated instructors with subject matter expertise. Centrally manage and create a customized training experience via a personalized transcript to help you achieve the desired skills and knowledge towards professional development.

An extensive lineup of both online and classroom courses are offered. To browse the course lineup, go to For further details or to sign up, follow the directions to create a user profile and register online.