The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing

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McGraw-Hill, 2001 - Technology & Engineering - 561 pages
The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing has been the best-selling, standard reference in the field since 1976. It is accessible to students, apprentices and professionals alike. No other book has as much useful, practical and comprehensive information on locksmithing. Bill Phillips provides easy to understand information on all the basics of locksmithing and on the advanced techniques a locksmith needs to survive in a competitive market. It covers everything from master keying and lock picking, to auto locks, lockmaking, and servicing safes. Phillips also provides 3 sample tests to prepare for Registered Professional Locksmith certification exams.

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The contents of this book are satisfactory. However DO NOT SUBMIT THE ENCLOSED TEST. I cannot stress enough that unless you desire to be $50 lighter in the wallet with
absolutely nothing to show for it, DO NOT SUBMIT THE TEST. Learn from my mistake, and as I have found, other's mistakes as well. Check the BBB rating on IAHSSP and you will learn it is an "F". The author will not even return emails regarding the status of applications after submittal. The book does contain quite a bit of information, but because of the fraud being perpetrated on people submitting the test and the continued mention of IAHSSP (which is a now defunct group. . . try checking their "website") this book receives low marks.
If you are looking for any form of locksmithing accreditation, this is NOT the place to find it. Information? Maybe. Certification? DEFINITELY NOT!

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Bill Phillips is the leading author of locksmithing books, including this best-selling classic. He also wrote McGrawe-Hill's LOCKSMITHING, a part of the "Craftmaster" series, and the COMPLETE BOOK OF ELECTRONIC SECURITY (McGraw-Hill). Mr. Phillips is the author of the "Lock" article in the 1998-2001 editions of the World Book Encyclopedia, and has written hundreds of security-related articles for professional and general-circulation periodicals, including Home Mechanix, Los Angeles Times, Consumers Digest, and others. He is president of the International Association of Home Safety and Security Professionals.

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