SecurityCEU.com, owned and operated by The CMOOR Group, has partnered with The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) to offer ALOA’s popular ALOA Fundamental Locksmith (AFL professional designation) in an interactive, blended format at a discounted rate. The online ALOA AFL course is discounted by $300. The full ALOA AFL designation online programme costs $1,200 (regularly $1,500). The ALOA member’s discounted rate (regularly $1,350) is also $300 off making the AFL designation $1,050. Individual courses may be purchased for $79 each. Volume discounts are available for corporate customers. Historically, the AFL training has required a student to travel to Dallas and spend five-six days in a classroom. For many companies, the expense and time out of the office is prohibitive. Security training programme With the online training in place students and management now have an alternative to spending that much time out of the field - by taking the training at their pace from the Web. ALOA and The CMOOR Group had been discussing an online format for the AFL Designation for many years. Jim Hancock, ALOA’s Operations, Education and Certification Manager said, “ALOA has been looking for a way to take our classroom course into an online format for quite some time. When we found out more about the work CMOOR had done in security training programme development, we also found a true partner willing to work with us in creative ways to bring the new AFL format to life.” Interchangeable core locks During the course, students will also have access to online webinars for Q&A from ALOA staff members and trainers. The online AFL programme offers the same content as the classroom course which includes Lock Mechanisms, Key Identification, Pinning Locks, Master Keying, Small and Large Format Interchangeable Core Locks, Key Machines and Adjustments, Exit Devices and more. After enrollment, students will be mailed their course Lab Kit which will contain the tools, pinning kit, locks and other hardware needed to follow and complete the online study. During the course, students will also have access to online webinars for Q&A from ALOA staff members and trainers. This ensures all students have the support needed to successfully complete the course. Providing programme online “SecurityCEU.com is thrilled to be working with ALOA and providing this programme online to a more global audience,” said Connie Moorhead, CEO at The CMOOR Group. “Students simply register for the programme, complete a background check, take the online training, and attend a one day local or regional practicum. Then they can take the final exam and receive their full AFL designation,” Moorhead said.
Allegion and ALOA are dedicated toeducating locksmiths and helping theindustry maintain a high standard Allegion, a leading global provider of security products and solutions, has worked with the ALOA Security Professionals Association to further develop the organisation’s national training centre located in Dallas, Texas. ALOA is the world’s largest organisation for locksmiths and other physical security professionals. Educating locksmith professionals Through the collaboration, Allegion donated nearly 100 pieces of hardware, including Ives® hinges, Schlage® locks and cylinders, LCN® and Falcon® door closers and Von Duprin® exit devices. Allegion’s newest electronic lock, the Schlage® NDE Series wireless lock, will be used to secure the classroom doors. “The continuing education of locksmith industry professionals is part of the business we greatly value at Allegion,” said Marli Williams, Business Leader, Channel-Led Customer Experience and Program Development at Allegion. “Without this education, our progression as an industry will lag, and we’re determined to keep that from happening. We’re aligned with ALOA in its dedication to creating an environment where locksmiths can learn and become more successful.” Resources and programmes increase effectiveness ALOA is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of locksmiths through educational programmes and materials that address broad security interests. In an effort to be a resource for locksmiths, the organisation provides full-day instructor-led training classes through regionally-sponsored classes. The organisation also hosts the Proficiency Registration Program (PRP), which is the international standard for professional certification in the field of physical security. “Serving our industry with the finest educational resources is part of what we do as an organisation, and we’re always trying to work with industry leaders to provide the best experience for our members,” said Jim Hancock, Education Manager at ALOA. “Our organisation has certified more than 4,000 locksmiths with an additional 2,900 in progress, so creating a community where industry professionals can come and learn will continue to benefit locksmiths across the nation.” Allegion & ALOA - long-standing partnership Allegion has also worked closely for a number of years with ALOA during their Annual Convention & Security Expo, where they have hosted an exhibitor’s booth and organised educational training classes for locksmiths in attendance. One of the ALOA training rooms will also contain Allegion product displays and literature, which feature a variety of products for the commercial, K-12 schools and multi-family environments. The Dedication of the Aaron M. Fish Security Training Center at the ALOA headquarters in Dallas, Texas, will be held on Thursday, 12th November.