A 40-Hour, Hands-On Facility Locksmith Certification

National Locksmith Institute Certified Facility Locksmith

This 5-day hands-on course which provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of locks and a fundamental base to becoming a professional locksmith.

There are many advantages to having a professionally trained locksmith on staff. Every door in your facility has a lock or some type of hardware on it. These locks often need to be re-keyed, repaired, or replaced. A trained locksmith on staff at your facility can help efficiently resolve security issues and better secure your facilities while ensuring compliance with National Fire and Life Safety requirements regarding fire and egress doors. Bringing your locksmithing in-house will save you time, money and provide better safety and security.

The training in this course will provide your employees with the skills necessary to become a more efficient and competent technician who can service, install, troubleshoot and masterkey industrial and commercial key lock systems with the understanding of pertinent Life Safety 101 and NFPA 80 requirement related to fire doors. This saves you money, saves you time, secures your facilities, resolves security issues, gives you first line of defense and improves your Facility Management.

This program was designed for the beginner as well as the experienced locksmith. We start with the basics and quickly build on those principles while focusing on the needs of the facility.

Study 2

We Offer 2 Passing Certification Distinctions:

Registered Facility Locksmith

Is a person who has demonstrated that they can perform the tasks needed to maintain the locking systems at their facilities. More experiences and learning opportunities will put them well on their way to Certified Facility Locksmith.

Certified Facility Locksmith

Is a person who has proven that they can perform tasks needed to maintain the locking systems at their facilities and scored excellent on the exam.

The Following Subjects and Much More Covered in Detail:

Hands-on Understanding of Mechanical Locks

  • Warded locks
  • Bit tumbler lock
  • Lever tumbler locks
  • Wafer (disc) tumbler locks
  • Pin tumbler locks
  • Combination Locks

Key Blank Identification

  • Shoulder, Tip and Stop Gauge
  • Cut Sequence (code/bitting)
  • Depth/Spacing Specifications

Key Generation

  • Researching codes
  • Key duplication
  • Code cutting

Lock Type Identification, Installation and Service

  • Surface
  • Mortise
  • Cylindrical

Understanding National Standards for a Facility Locksmith

  • ANSI/BHMA Hardware functions, finishes, and grades
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety for Egress Doors
  • NFPA 80 Fire Door Assembly Inspection

Exit Hardware

  • Panic exit hardware
  • Fire exit hardware
  • Alarm exit hardware
  • Delayed egress hardware

Broken Key Extraction Techniques


  • Five levels of Masterkeying
  • Designing a Masterkey hierarchy
  • Progressing 1 & 2-step systems

Pinning Pin Tumbler Locks

  • Understanding TFC, BCC, ED, & MACS
  • Calculating pin segments
  • Plug & Follow versus top loading
  • Pinning cylinders

Picking Wafer and Pin Locks

  • Tools
  • Tension

Pinning/Servicing BEST Interchangeable Core SFIC

  • Calculating for operating and control shearlines
  • Cutting BEST keys,

Removable Core Systems LFIC

  • Sargent
  • Schlage
  • Corbin Russwin
  • Yale

Bypass Techniques Covert vs. Surreptitious Entry

  • Pick guns
  • Key bumping
  • Shims
  • Other non-destructive methods

Sidebar Lock Overview

  • Medeco
  • ASSA V-Twin
  • Schlage Pimus
  • Kwikset SmartKey Medeco

Combination Locks

  • Combination padlocks
  • UL standards for safe locks
  • Changing combinations on safes locks

and more. Go to the bottom of the HOME page to download our brochure.