I often hear from newer people in the door and hardware industry, telling me how much iDigHardware has helped them get started.  I was just talking with someone the other day about how hard it must be to get on-the-job training in hardware while working remotely.  I loved doing our old “Basic Training” classes in person, and later taking our specwriter apprentices on field trips to check out different hardware applications.  We even did a hardware scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!  One of my goals over the next few years is to help improve some of the resources that would be helpful to get new people up to speed.

Because I have a real soft spot for those starting out in the industry, I was very excited when Allegion created a series of online classes for them.  The Allegion 101 series was designed for people who are new to the industry, new to the Allegion family of brands, or just want to learn more about hardware.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this series, it begins again this Friday!

FRIDAY, October 1st:

  • 1:00-2:00pm Eastern: Allegion 101. Introduction to Door Hardware: Standards, Codes, and General Information

    • In this introductory session, learn about the primary building standards and codes applicable to architectural hardware in the United States. You will also learn how to ‘hand’ openings. And, you’ll be on a path to learning the language of doors and hardware.

Register using the links on the Allegion Virtual Events Calendar.  If you miss a class, the recordings are on the Event Board of the Allegion Training Page.


WEDNESDAY, September 29th (all times are Eastern)

Our national trainers continue their Webinar Wednesday series!

  • 10:00-11:00am: Health Care Hardware
    • Gain insights into the difficult applications found in the healthcare arena. In this program, we will highlight various codes & standards that affect these doors as well as security considerations. We’ll also address the challenges associated with the heavy usage in such 24/7 facilities and the importance of simple solutions for common openings. Jeff Tock, AHC, our End User Training Manager, will lead this session.
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Introduction to Republic Doors and Frames
    • Republic Doors and Frames joined our Allegion family of brands in 2017. In this session, our Steelcraft and Republic Training Manager, Leon Starks, will introduce you to Republic, one of the founding members of the Steel Door Institute (SDI). Learn about Republic’s two frame series, their profiles, and anchors. Familiarize yourself with Republic doors, including their popular options and models. Leon will also touch on the hardware preparations available for Republic frames and doors.
  • 4:00-5:00pm: The Essentials of Fire Door Inspections
    • Are you responsible or partially responsible for the integrity of the fire-rated openings at your facility or your customer’s facility? If so, then you probably also have some responsibility to ensure these openings pass an annual fire door inspection. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) first introduced requirements for annual fire door inspections in their 2007 edition of the NFPA 80 Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. Since the NFPA 80 2013 edition, fire door inspectors are required to examine each fire door assembly for thirteen criteria. Learn what those thirteen criteria are, how to spot them, and ultimately, how to protect life and property by keeping fire doors operating properly. Join Jeff Tock, our End User Training Manager, for this informative session.

Visit the Allegion Virtual Event Calendar for more information and to register for any of these sessions.

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