Door Opening Industry

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FN-01 Opening Industry Bootcamp

(3-day program) Bootcamp provides the foundation on which all other industry learning is based. Students will learn the fundamentals of the door, frame, and hardware industry with an emphasis on industry products, their function, application, use, and purpose. Student will also learn to read and interpret plans and specifications so they know what products must be provided.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify opening industry products and processes.
  2. Classify products, including rated products, used in the door opening industry.
  3. Distinguish between the three product levels to apply appropriate materials to openings.
  4. Interpret construction specifications to provide materials needed on a project.


Jump straight from Bootcamp into a 2-day hands on focus program!


FO-01 Estimating Basics -

Contract Document Proficiency for Profit 

(2-day program) Profitability is the cornerstone of every project, irrespective of its size. Estimators play a pivotal role in shaping this profitability. Our intensive course, delves deep into the essentials of accurate estimation, incorporating comprehensive instruction on interpreting contract documents, including blueprint reading. Through hands-on exercises and practical application, participants will gain the proficiency to navigate the intricacies of project estimation with confidence and precision.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Read and interpret blueprints effectively, extracting critical information essential for accurate estimation.

  2. Decipher contract documents proficiently, including blueprints, specifications, and other essential project documents.

  3. Apply discounts and mark-ups effectively to materials, optimizing pricing strategies for profitability.
  4. Prepare and submit qualified bids, ensuring competitive positioning in the marketplace.


FO-03 Project Management Basics

(2-day program) Now that you have a project, how can you assure it runs smoothly? Students will dive into real-world case studies and scenarios to analyze successful project management practices and extract valuable lessons and insights. They will learn to identify common project pitfalls and challenges, equipping themselves with the knowledge to preemptively recognize and address potential errors and mistakes. By the end of this comprehensive course, participants will emerge as confident and skilled project managers, equipped with the knowledge, tools, and strategies necessary to lead successful projects and drive organizational success. 

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Apply the 5 C's of communication in project management.

  2. Evaluate the 3 main forces affecting a project, time, cost, and quality, when making project decisions.

  3. Recognize common project pitfalls to avoid project errors and mistakes.

  4. Develop a personalized action plan to implement key learning and strategies into their own projects, ensuring immediate and tangible results.


FO-02 Detailing Basics

(2-day program) In this course, students will learn the basics of one of the most important industry processes, detailing. Learn to focus in on the details and how to provide the material right the first time. Return to the office with a skill that can be applied right away.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize and utilize the tools and materials needed to detail a commercial construction project.
  2. Identify and interpret specification requirements in order to properly detail doors, frames and hardware.
  3. Illustrate doors, frames and components to create shop drawings for approval.
  4. Develop a hardware schedule from architect’s hardware sets and specification.


FO-04 Inspection Basics

(2-day program) Not ready yet for the certification course but want to learn more about door inspections and the testing and maintenance of fire and egress doors, then this course is right up your alley.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify the codes affecting fire rated door opening assemblies.
  2. Distinguish between improper and proper installation methods for swinging doors with builders hardware.

  3. Indicate the differences between allowable jobsite preparations and field modifications.
  4. Recognize code compliant corrective products and processes available to bring failing openings back into compliance.

FN-02 Building a Code Foundation

(3-day program) The opening industry is built on codes; your education should be built on a code foundation. This course will bring students through scenario-based exercises that will teach them to navigate and apply, building, fire, life safety and accessibility codes.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify the correct code for application on projects.
  2. Locate and navigate required codes and standards affecting door openings.
  3. Interpret and apply the mandated code requirements.
  4. Propose and prescribe the appropriate materials to comply with adopted code.

FN-03 Key Meeting Fundamentals

(1-day program face-to-face or 2-session on-line instructor led) A thorough understanding of mechanical keying is an important skill for the distributor, manufacturer and end user so that the required information can be communicated between all parties. This class on the Key Meeting Fundamentals equips students with the skills and confidence to conduct a successful key meeting.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Explain the four most common levels of keying.
  2. Implement the requirements of ANSI/BHMA A156.28 – Recommended Practice for Mechanical Keying Systems.
  3. Prepare and prioritize materials in order to conduct a successful keying meeting.
  4. Develop a key system layout to meet owner’s needs.

FN-04 Electromechanical Hardware Fundamentals

(3-day program) Nearly every project today has some type of electromechanical hardware, whether simple or complex, it is all based on some fundamental principles. This hands-on course will teach students the basics of circuitry and wiring, reading and drawing wiring diagrams and will bring them through operational based projects where they can hook-up and troubleshoot common hardware applications.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize basic electronic terminology and components of low voltage circuits.
  2. Illustrate products required for a complete electrified opening.
  3. Sketch out different types of electrified opening drawings.
  4. Design, wire and troubleshoot electrified hardware circuits of varied levels.

FN-05 Fundamentals of Project Coordination

(1-day program face-to face or 2-session on-line instructor led) Project Coordination is critical regardless of the size of your project. In this course, students will learn from industry experts how to coordinate their project requirements with other divisions, how to conduct important meetings, how to read templates and so much more.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:
  1. Recognize the importance of coordination amongst trades on a commercial construction project.
  2. Interpret the contract document requirements for trade coordination.
  3. Create submission packages for use during coordination meetings.
  4. Prepare and participate in organized project coordination meetings such as: key conference, electrified hardware, access control, and pre-installation meetings.

FN-06 Access Control Fundamentals

(2-day program) As security concerns continue to heighten, many facilities are incorporating electronic access control into their physical access control systems. While mechanical keys will continue to be used for years to come, the convenience and often increased security provided by an access control system has become the norm on most of today’s projects. From small, simple, one door systems to complex systems handling thousands of doors and users, access control is based on some fundamental principles. This hands-on course will teach students the basics of access control systems, including the evolution of reader and card technologies, basic software, data collection, access levels, and time zones.

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize and understand basic access control systems in order to provide the correct product solution for the application.
  2. Incorporate electromechanical hardware products, like electrified locksets, electrified panic and fire exit hardware, and automatic operators, into a system.
  3. Distinguish the difference between credential and reader types in order to supply the appropriate level of security for the owner.
  4. Explain the capabilities, features and benefits of both a cloud-based software system and an on-site software system.  
  5. Determine the appropriate questions to ask to provide a customized solution to meet the customer’s needs.

Recommended prior learning: Electromechanical Hardware Fundamentals course or equivalent training.

    FO-05 Breaking Down and Building Up Advanced Applications

    (3-day program) The Breaking Down & Building Up Advanced Applications course delves deeper into the intricate world of detailing doors, frames, and hardware. Students will immerse themselves in the complexities of analyzing, interpreting, and applying advanced applications and develop the ability to identify potential conflicts between different elements of doors, frames, and hardware. By preemptively recognizing these conflicts, participants will be equipped to mitigate issues before they arise on the jobsite, thereby enhancing project efficiency and minimizing costly setbacks.

    Students will learn to analyze hardware specifications and content comprehensively. Through this process, participants will gain the proficiency to prepare precise and detailed door hardware schedules, ensuring seamless coordination between design intent and construction execution.

    By the conclusion of the program, participants will emerge with a heightened understanding of advanced detailing principles and the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of doors, frames, and hardware with confidence and precision.

    After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

    1. Identify conflicts between doors, frames, and hardware components to prevent jobsite problems.
    2. Prescribe appropriate application of components to ensure properly functioning openings.
    3. Interpret specification requirements to furnish compliant products.
    4. Analyze hardware sets to proficiently prepare precise and detailed hardware schedules.

    Recommended prior learning: Detailing Basics or equivalent training.  

    Download course pricing: DOIT Course Pricing Effective 12.2023.pdf

    COURSE CANCELLATION POLICY: Up to 4 weeks before the course training/event starts, a 95% refund or 100% credit for future courses is available. Within 4 weeks of the start of the course training/event, a 90% credit will only be applied to a future course, with no refunds within 4 weeks. Credit is valid for one calendar year from the course training/event date.

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