Facility Locksmith Recertification

Recertification Program


Continuing education plays a crucial role in ensuring that the higher levels of security knowledge, ability, and competence are maintained and improved over time especially in a field with everchanging codes and technology improvements.

There are two ways to re-certify:

  • Attending the Certified Facility Locksmith class again to hone the skills you learned so far and to keep up on everchanging building, fire and life safety requirements that pertain to locksmiths.
  • Obtain twenty-four (24) contact training hours in subjects that relate to door and locks per four (4) year period. Members completing a module of training will secure a certificate that states the training title and the number of training hours. Students may use these training hours to satisfy NLI’s CEP requirements. Members must retain the issued certificates to present at time of their Certification Renewal. A renewal sponsor application from will attest that you continue to perform locksmith duties as described in NLI’s Locksmith Code of Ethics.

CEU/CEP Conversion

The Continuing Education Point, CEP was created to define smaller continuing education opportunities outside of the accepted definition of a Continuing Education Unit, CEU as defined by the IACET. It defines one (1) CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.  The Certified Facility Locksmith course for example provides four (4) CEUs for its 40-hour course.

For recording purposes, reciprocal CEPs will be allowed as follows:

  • One (1) Hour Instructor-led Training Sessions = One (1) CEP point
  • Forty-Five (45) Minute Online Training Sessions = One (1) CEP point
  • Ten (10) CEP points = One (1) CEU, Continuing Education Unit
  • To compute the number of clock hours that can be awarded, the number of 60-minute clock hours attributed to actual classroom activity is divided by ten (10). Therefore, if a class is two days at eight (8) hours per day, the units awarded would equal 1.6 CEUs. Instructional hours do not include breaks, meals, registration time, etc.

Requirements for Recertification

Renewal of active membership

Active members must maintain their NLI recognized program designation as required by the rules of such program in order to renew their membership.

Recertification requirements involve obtaining twenty-four (24) points or credits within the recertification term which is four years. These points or credits can be obtained in areas such as: education; training; writing; and volunteer leadership in locksmith/security management associations.

Members of the board will review and revise activities approved for credit as appropriate. Organizations that wish to have their training approved by NLI must submit their class descriptions including the length of the training.

Members should submit their recertification within 90 days of the expiration of their current certification. While documentation other than the activity form will not be required for application for recertification, the Certification holder may be asked to submit backup documentation when requested.

Education participation – You can accumulate points by:

  • Attending classes at any nationally recognized security association conference (such as ASIS, DHI, etc.)
  • Attending classes offered at regional offices or exhibits by industry manufacturers and suppliers of security related products. (e.g. Allegion, ASSA Abloy, HL Flake, etc.)
  • Participation in, or attendance at, a locksmith/security related, educational session - including Internet/distance learning or another self-study program. Allegion Online Training  ASSA ABLOY Online Academy  Dormakaba Training Portal
  • Instructor, speaker or panelist at any security related educational program of at least 3 hours.

To maintain certification for an additional four (4) years, members must:

  • Accrue twenty-four (24) approved Continuing Education Points.
  • Passing score on the recertification exam.

Approved Programs

Approved programs for training hours.  Approved classes below only count if a written certificate of direct training contact hours are provided by the supplier.  It is the member’s responsibility to ensure they retain these for auditing purposes.

The activity must include stated learning objectives. Those learning objectives must be designed primarily to provide instruction within an eligible topic area or areas. The activity must be designed primarily to meet the continuing education needs of a member.

  • AIA approved courses that relate to the door and lock hardware industry including but not limited to codes and safety standards.
  • Door and lock hardware manufacturer’s instructor-led or online training course that is typically free for consumers of facility lock hardware.
  • Door and lock hardware distributor’s instructor-led or online training course.
  • Door and lock hardware association’s instructor-led or online training course.
  • Applicable Union instructor-led or online training course in finish carpentry and other door and frame related programs.
  • This list is not final and additional resources will be added. Providers are encouraged to contact NLI for consideration.

Cycle Extension

If a member does not earn the required credits by the cycle end date, one (1) six-month extension shall be available. This six-month extension will be subtracted from the beginning of the credential holder’s next cycle. No more than one extension per credential holder per cycle will be allowed.

Carryover CEU

Members who earn more units than required may carry over up to one (1) CEU into the next cycle.

Classes of Members

There are three classes of membership:  Active, Retired and Company.

  • Active Members
    • Persons who have successfully achieved one of NLI’s certification designation.
    • Sponsored by facility employer or character references from two locksmith/access control industry related sources.
    • Proof of employment in the locksmith/access control industry.