Adoption of standardized terminology is vital for many industries, disciplines, and professions. Whether it be for medicine or computer science or electricians, it’s important that the terminology being used is standardized so that everyone involved in those industries, disciplines, and/or professions are on the same page, or speaking the “same language”. This too applies to the locksmith industry. It’s in our best interest and the industry’s best interest to start learning (if we already haven’t) and utilizing (if we already aren’t) standardized terminology as a whole. Fortunately, the locksmith industry does have standardized terminology: The Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary.

First published in 1982 and routinely updated through the years, The Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary is a peer reviewed, readily available document provided by the Lock Industry Standards and Training (LIST) Council. The LIST Council’s goal has been to standardize locksmith-related terminology and definitions that haven’t been defined elsewhere, such as in a general dictionary. Over the years, manufacturers, associations, and numerous publications have utilized terminology as defined by the The Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary.

If you weren’t previously aware of The Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary, or perhaps you haven’t been proactive in learning from it, take a moment to visit it’s web page and begin reading through it in your spare time. Learning and using standardized locksmith terminology will ultimately benefit your career. First, it allows you to properly communicate with your colleagues. If you’re all on the same page and speaking the same language then you know what’s being discussed, such as ordering a part or suggesting a solution to problem. Second, it reinforces professionalism not only between peers and colleagues but also your customers.  As I mentioned in my Customer Retention article, consumers value knowledge and expertise. Third, it adequately prepares you for things such as ALOA’s Proficiency Registration Program (PRP) certification tests as well as other association’s certification tests.

Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of articles that cover the terminology and definitions related to specific locksmith-related hardware, such as cylinders/cores, cylindrical leversets, and door closers. If you are a visual learner these articles may be especially helpful as I plan to include many high-resolution pictures with clear labeling. Ultimately, the goal of these articles is to help those who are either new or unfamiliar to the terminology and definitions found in The Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary. As they say: knowledge is power.