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Las Vegas Locksmith University (LVLU)

Las Vegas Locksmith University by American Key Supply Calendar of Upcoming Classes

July 28 (morning) Hands-On Lishi Training October 13 Hands-On Lishi Training
July 28 (afternoon) Intro to Automotive Locksmithing October 14-15 IM608, G2 Turbo, & VVDI Key Tool
September 8 Hands-On Lishi Training    
September 9-10 Introduction to Soldering and EEPROM    

Hands-On Lishi Training

Upcoming Dates: Thursday, July 28 (8:30am-11:30am)
Thursday, September 8
Thursday, October 13
Times: 8:30am-11:30am (July 28)
1pm-4pm (All other dates)
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: Water, coffee, sodas and snacks will be provided throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 10-20 students
Instructors: Tyler Anzalone
Lock Labs
Las Vegas, Nevada
       
Class Description:

Comprehensive, hands-on training on picking and decoding vehicle locks with Lishi Original locksmith tools.

Learn and really understand the tools and procedures that will help you pick and decode both automotive and residential locks. The class will begin with approximately an hour of classroom learning, understanding the basics of the tools and the locks that you will see in the field. We then jump into the hands-on portion of the class where you will be able to pick and decode as many locks as possible. Feel free to focus your attention and get help on a difficult lock that always seems to gives you trouble.

Yes, we will cover residential Lishi tools also, as well as the new Kwikset SmartKey Decoder by LockTech.

These tools are on your vans to make you money and we will teach you how to get the most out of them.


As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.

Cost: FREE ($20 to reserve your spot, to be refunded to you in-person when you appear)
Sign-Up:

Click here to reserve your spot

  • If, when attempting to add the class to your shopping cart, it says Out Of Stock, the class is full. You may still check out to be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by a member of our staff.
  • The seats for this class are limited. If you cancel without enough notice, seats go unncessarily unfilled. If you need to cancel, we would appreciate if you do so at least 7 days before the event. Cancellations between 2 and 7 days before the class will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations made in less than 2 days before the class will not receive a refund.

Intro to Automotive Locksmithing

Upcoming Dates: July 28 (Thursday)
Times: 12pm-4pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: Water, coffee, sodas and snacks will be provided throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 20-30 students
Instructors: Mo Ali
Lock Labs
Nevada
       
Class Description:

For those with little-to-no experience in automotive locksmithing. This course begins on the ground floor and covers all of the basics. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the history of automotive security
  • understanding car keys
  • understanding transponder systems
  • vehicle entry
  • lock decoding
  • key cutting
  • key programming
  • transponder chip cloning
  • intro to Original Lishi tools
  • automotive locksmithing resources
  • key cutting machines overview
  • key programmers overview

Perfect for novices who are considering a career in automotive locksmithing. If you own a locksmith shop and you're either considering expanding into automotive, or you simply want to learn what your technicians are doing out in the field, this class is a must!


As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: FREE ($20 to reserve your spot, to be refunded to you in-person when you appear)
Sign-Up:

Click here to reserve your spot

  • If, when attempting to add the class to your shopping cart, it says Out Of Stock, the class is full. You may still check out to be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by a member of our staff.
  • The seats for this class are limited. If you cancel without enough notice, seats go unncessarily unfilled. If you need to cancel, we would appreciate if you do so at least 7 days before the event. Cancellations between 2 and 7 days before the class will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations made in less than 2 days before the class will not receive a refund.
If you're interested in learning about Lishi picking and decoding also, please sign up for our 
Hands-On Lishi Training class on the morning before this class. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ATTENDEES OF THIS CLASS.

Introduction to Soldering and EEPROM

Upcoming Dates: September 9-10, 2022 (Friday-Saturday)
Times: 9am-5pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: A light breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as water, coffee, sodas and snacks throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 20-30 students
Instructors: Brandon Tucker
Expert Key Solutions
Alabama
Eric Lambert
The Locksmith Co
Tennesse & Kentucky
Eric Demers
Advanced Key Solutions
California
Class Description:

This hands-on classroom training serves to introduce the topics of advanced EEPROM programming methods that require soldering irons and specialized device programmers. Students will develop an understanding of memory functionality, discover various methods of reading and processing BIN files, and participate in practical training on surface-mount soldering and de-soldering.

Soldering:

  • The science of soldering
  • Soldering iron anatomy and basics
  • Cored and multicored soldering wires
  • Soldering station benefits, including hot air rework
  • Tip selection and use cases for iron work and hot air
  • Flux types and practical applications
  • PCB construction and characteristics
  • ESD (electrical static discharge)
  • Soldering through hole and surface-mounted components
  • Post-solder cleaning and inspection (microscope)
  • Exploring Surface-Mount Technology (SMT)—DIP, SOIC, PLCC, QFP
  • Practical application (as time allows)

EEPROM:

  • EPROM vs. EEPROM
  • Hexadecimal vs. ASCII
  • The anatomy of an EEPROM and recognizing pin location
  • How to identify an EEPROM and decode its original manufacture, size, & capacity
  • Reading an EEPROM, immobilizer, & ECU memory out-of-circuit
  • Reading an EEPROM, immobilizer, & ECU memory in-circuit (and its challenges)
  • Component removal techniques
  • Solder removal techniques
  • Verifying read/write data integrity
  • BIN files for used module replacement and key making
  • Introduction to microcontrollers (MCU)
  • In-circuit MCU data harvesting
  • Connectivity tips and tricks (no diagram present)  
  • The benefits of a quality microscope
  • Practical application (as time allows)
  • Overview of locksmith related specialty programmers
  • Security bypass potential of applicable memory using specialty programmers

Featured Hardware:

Some of the products discussed or used in class include:

  • Memory Device Readers:
    • Xhorse VVDI Prog
    • Orange5
    • SMOK
  • Transponder Configuration/Programmers
    • Scorpio Tango
    • TMPro2
  • All-in-Ones
    • AutoProPAD G2 Turbo
    • Autel IM608 Pro

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students will gain an understanding of advanced immobilizer and ECU programming techniques, which may require soldering/desoldering of components or wires onto a PCB using specialty tools.


As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: $1400 (includes soldering station)
$1200 (bring your own tools)
Sign-Up:

Click here to reserve your spot

  • If, when attempting to add the class to your shopping cart, it says Out Of Stock, the class is full. You may still check out to be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by a member of our staff.
  • The seats for this class are limited. If you cancel without enough notice, seats go unncessarily unfilled. If you need to cancel, we would appreciate if you do so at least 7 days before the event. Cancellations between 2 and 7 days before the class will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations made in less than 2 days before the class will not receive a refund.
If you're interested in learning about Lishi picking and decoding also, please sign up
for our Hands-On Lishi Training class on the Thursday afternoon before this class.

Advanced IM608, G2 Turbo & VVDI Key Tool Training

Upcoming Dates: October 14-15, 2022 (Friday-Saturday)
Times: 9am-5pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: A light breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as water, coffee, sodas and snacks throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 20-30 students
Instructors: Brandon Tucker
Expert Key Solutions
Alabama
Eric Lambert
The Locksmith Co
Tennesse & Kentucky
Eric Demers
Advanced Key Solutions
California
Class Description:

Learn advanced concepts and hands-on training using tools such as the AutoProPAD G2 and G2 Turbo by XTool, IM608 Pro by Autel, Code Cannibal by OBD Star, AVDI by Abrites, and VVDI Key Tool by Xhorse. Some of the subjects being covered include:

  • Who uses what tools for what
  • In-depth coverage of the various functions of the tools
  • Programming of important and problematic vehicles
  • Hands-on programming of on-site vehicles
  • Importance of use of the VVDI Key Tool Max or Mini
  • Importance of pre & post-scans
  • EEPROM adapters
  • Thorough Q&A with the instructors

As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: $300
Sign-Up:

Click here to reserve your spot

  • If, when attempting to add the class to your shopping cart, it says Out Of Stock, the class is full. You may still check out to be added to the waiting list and you will be contacted by a member of our staff.
  • The seats for this class are limited. If you cancel without enough notice, seats go unncessarily unfilled. If you need to cancel, we would appreciate if you do so at least 7 days before the event. Cancellations between 2 and 7 days before the class will be issued a 50% refund. Cancellations made in less than 2 days before the class will not receive a refund.
If you're interested in learning about Lishi picking and decoding also, please sign up
for our Hands-On Lishi Training class on the Thursday afternoon before this class.

Location Information

Airport: LAS—McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
Class Location:

American Key Supply
2895 W Capovilla Ave #100
Las Vegas, NV 89119

We are located in a 26,000 square foot warehouse in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, around 10 minutes west of the airport, very close to the south end of the Las Vegas strip.

Wi-fi will be available and cell phone service is excellent.

Hotels:

PLEASE BOOK EARLY! THE PRICES DOUBLE OR TRIPLE AS THINGS GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT.

The following hotels are all within about a 5 minute drive north to American Key Supply and are all within walking distance to the Silverton Casino Hotel, where you can enjoy lots of off-the-strip gambling and dining. The actual Las Vegas strip is about a 10-minute drive north from these hotels. We recommend the Silverton Casino Hotel because of price as well as food and entertainment, and this is where most other students and where the instructors will probably be staying.

South Point Hotel & Casino
South Point Hotel & Casino
(4.4 stars)
9777 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89183

(866) 791-7626

The Berkley, Las Vegas
(4.4 stars)
8280 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 224-7400

Hyatt Place Las Vegas
(4.5 stars)
at Silverton Village
8380 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 575-6201

The following hotels are a little closer to us, but have no gaming and may not have dining available within the building.


Siegel Select
- Las Vegas Blvd
(3.3 stars)
7260 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 660-4823

Baymont by Wyndham
Las Vegas South Strip
(3.4 stars)
55 E Robindale Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 802-0440

Hampton Inn
Las Vegas Strip South
(4.7 stars)
7850 Giles St
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 936-8290
Other Things
to Do in
Las Vegas:

SHOPPING

The Las Vegas South Premium Outlets are right down the street!

7400 Las Vegas Blvd S

GAMBLING

American Key Supply is only about 5 minutes away from the south end of the Las Vegas strip. Take an Uber or Lyft to your favorite strip casino.

If you really enjoy table games, we recommend heading 10 minutes SOUTH to South Point Hotel Casino where they have an amazing number of tables without the high minimums found on the strip.

EATING

Las Vegas has some of the finest food in the world! Here's a good article on the best places to dine out in Las Vegas:

An Eater's Guide to Dining in Las Vegas

COVID-19
Information:
As of May, 2021, the restrictions in Las Vegas have been lightened to allow casinos and restaurants to open again. There are even half a dozen or so buffets open for feasting! Everyone must still wear masks except when eating. The Governor of Nevada has stated that on June 1, he intends to remove more restrictions if the rates of COVID-19 infection continue dropping and vaccination numbers continue rising. Time will tell what actually happens though, and we will keep this page updated with any new information.

PAST CLASSES

BMW & VW Key Programming

Upcoming Dates: July 8-9 (Friday-Saturday)
Times: 9am-5pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: A light breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as water, coffee, sodas and snacks throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 20-30 students
Instructors: Brandon Tucker
Expert Key Solutions
Alabama
Eric Lambert
The Locksmith Co
Tennesse & Kentucky
Eric Demers
Advanced Key Solutions
California
Class Description:

FRIDAY: Everything you need to know about safely making keys to BMW vehicles with ACDP. Other tools will be discussed such as Abrites, VVDI2, Autohex, etc. Basic module EEPROMing, soldering and handling protocols will be discussed which is useful if other tools are used. There will be hands-on with BMW modules and probably a vehicle or two. The class covers all aspects of BMW key programming for CAS 1/2/3/4 and FEM/BDC platforms for E and F body BMW cars.

SATURDAY: This class will teach you how to program ALL immobilizer systems for VW and Audi, including, but not limited to, IMMO 1, 2, 3 and MQB-based vehicles. That includes the UDS and Micronis sytems. This will cover mid-90’s through 2016 (and a little later, depending on the model). Key generation will be discussed, as well as how to pick and decode with Lishi Original tools.


As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: $600

The Randy Main Method of SFIC Cores & Master Keying

Upcoming Dates: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Times: 9am-4pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: A light breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as water, coffee, sodas and snacks throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 15-20 students
Instructors: Randy Main
Main's Lock Supply
California
  Vaiola Fa'amausili
ICCores.com
Las Vegas, NV
  Garrett Ervin
ICCores.com
Las Vegas, NV
Class Description:

The ICCores.com story began over 30 years ago, inside of an old, repurposed barn in the city of Yucaipa, California. It was then that master locksmith Randy Main began tinkering with and perfecting the recipe for the mass production of interchangeable cores. What began as an endeavour to serve his local community of locksmiths with pre-pinned cores eventually blossomed into a national affair of reliable service and quality work. Randy soon found himself pinning cores full-time and expanded his operation to encompass the growing need for his services. By 2015, as the desire for his IC Core pinning services was beginning to outgrow the confines of his modestly sized barn, Randy began contemplating retirement. He was ready to fulfill his lifelong dream of curating and operating his very own ghost town in Goldfield, Nevada.

Now Randy is coming out of his retirement for one day just to help teach eager locksmiths how to pin Best/Falcon SFIC the right way. Most IC Core classes leave students a little dazed and not quite ready to hit the ground running. This class will not only introduce you to the concepts of Small Format Interchangeable Cores (SFIC), but we will make you create your own expandable master pinning system and pin up 10 cores to that system. You'll be manufacturing your own 10-core Master Pack to take home with you, along with the tools needed to continue working on cores on your own time.

THIS CLASS WILL MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT CREATING SYSTEMS AND PINNING CORES ON YOUR OWN. We are not using computers and software to create the master key systems and we are not just conveying high-level concepts. Also, we provide telephone support for our students when you're getting yourself into trouble in the field.

Some of the subjects being covered include:

  • Why IC Cores are good for your business
  • Keyways and key control options
  • Dumping pins (recycling cores), pinning, and capping with the Pro-Lok LT340 and Lab IC Core Annex
  • Capping with the Lab and Best capping presses
  • Doing the math for SFIC pinning
  • Cutting keys on a Best Combinator, Pro-Lok Blue Punch, Triton, and Black Widow
  • Decoding a key and decoding a core
  • Tips, tricks, and pitfalls
  • Master keying concepts
  • Master keying naming, documentation, key codes and secure rotations
  • Creating your own master key system for your Master Pack
  • Pinning and cutting your own 10-core Master Pack

The following will be provided to each student at the end of the course:

  • Lab Mini DUR-X SFIC Pinning Kit
  • Pro-Lok LT340 or Lab Annex pinning tools
  • Key Gauge
  • 10 SFIC Cores
  • 10 SFIC Keys
  • AKS Ultimate Pinning Mat

As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: $350

Mechanical Keymaking for Motorcycles

Upcoming Dates: May 6-7 (Friday-Saturday)
Times: 9am-5pm
Location: American Key Supply
Las Vegas, NV
Food & Drink: A light breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as water, coffee, sodas and snacks throughout the class. Please notify us if you have any special dietary restrictions. And no, requiring Kopi Luwak doesn't count as a dietary restriction.
Class Size: 20-30 students
Instructors: Mark Willadsen
Diamond Autocycle
Texas
     
Class Description:

This course is designed to acquaint the participant with a basic understanding of motorcycle key generation theory. As well as an in depth  understanding of the relevant keyways and methods required to cover roughly the past 20 years of none-transpondered motorcycles. This class will bring a multi-disciplined approach designed to reduce on-site time and maximize accuracy.

The course will present the following topics:

  • Key generation progression
  • How motorcycle keys have gotten longer, deeper, and more complex over time and why that matters
  • Planning your job out: what tools and methods to use when, and why
  • Motorcycle and hand tool discussion, application, and common hiccups you may encounter with them
  • How to apply available tools and theory to both known and unknown motorcycle key origination
  • Specific keyways used by the majority of motorcycle and ATV/UTV manufacturers for most motorcycles models manufactured from 2000 to 2021
  • Aftermarket options, accessories, and pitfalls
  • Tubular systems made easy
  • General motorcycle locking systems disassembly methods with specific examples
  • Substitute key discussion and Common modifications to existing key blanks
  • Quirks of key manufacturing to be aware of and the problems they can cause
  • Cutting keys by hand with files, lishi clippers
  • Creating your own key profiles, modifying those profiles to overcome both wear and imperfections
  • Caveats and pitfalls, what to keep in mind and how to avoid mistakes
  • Flying in the dark, what to do when you don't know what to do
  • References and commonly consulted websites and books

Motorcycle manufactures covered in this course:

  • American Ironhorse
  • Aprilla
  • BRP
  • Buell
  • Can-Am
  • Ducati
  • Harley Davidson
  • Honda
  • Indian Triumph
  • Kawasaki
  • Suzuki
  • Yamaha
  • American Ironhead
  • and MANY MORE!

As with all of our classes, there will be exclusive deals for students on most or all of the products we cover in the classes.
Cost: $400

 

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