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Trade Professionals Frequently Asked Questions

What does ‘BHMA Certified’ mean?

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is the only organization accredited by the America National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for door hardware. Any product bearing the BHMA Certified Secure Home™ label has been tested and audited according to these standards — the highest in the industry — to ensure product performance.

Why did BHMA start a residential program?

While BHMA is known for developing and maintaining performance standards for commercial hardware, some of these standards include information that can be used for residential hardware as well. In 2014, BHMA determined that the requirements and needs for residential products were different enough from those of commercial products and that, in order to set the highest possible requirements for each type, it would prove best to separate them. The purpose of the Secure Home program is not only to make it easier for homeowners and contractors to select hardware, but for them to understand the importance of purchasing hardware that is certified.

What are the residential standards?

Right now, there are two residential standards: ANSI/BHMA A156.39 Residential Locksets and Latches and ANSI/BHMA A156.40 Residential Deadbolts. Both standards establish performance requirements for products used in single and multifamily homes and include tests for durability, security, and finish. For example, ANSI/BHMA 156.39-2015 tests lockset durability by requiring each product to go through at least 400,000 cycles of opening and closing with a 5-pound load; lockset security is determined by whether or not the product passes a series of 11 aggressive tests. ANSI/BHMA 156.40-2015 requires that deadbolts be tested to the same number of cycles when it comes to durability, and that the product passes seventeen security tests – one of which involves having 1,350 pounds of force loaded against the deadbolt.

Where can I view the residential standards?

An overview of each residential standard can be found at The full standards can be purchased at

What does this program mean for trade professionals?

This new program means that trade professionals involved in residential building now have extra guidance when it comes to deciding what products to select for each individual project or application.

What does this program mean for the industry?

What this means for the builders hardware industry is that all hardware manufacturers – both those known for residential products and those known for commercial products – will now have performance requirements that are perfectly suited for their specific product types. In turn, manufacturers can rest-assured knowing their products are of the utmost quality.

What qualifies residential hardware for certification?

Any residential hardware product can be considered for certification. In order to be certified, the product must be tested by a third party for security, durability and finish, as indicated in its respective standard. If the product passes the series of rigorous tests in each category, it can then be labeled as certified.

Where can I find BHMA Certified residential hardware?

You can find certified locksets and deadbolts wherever hardware is sold. Listings of certified residential products are available online in the BHMA Certified Products Directory:

Can I expect to see more residential standards in the future?

Yes. BHMA plans to develop a residential standard for hinges in the near future. Other hardware used for residential applications – like thresholds, screen door holders or gaskets – will be considered for standard development, as well.

How do I certify my residential lockset or deadbolt?

First, a manufacturer must review BHMA’s Operational Manual, available on, and file the certification application and fee with BHMA. Next, the manufacturer must contact a BHMA-recognized testing lab and have their hardware tested to the specifications outlined in its published standard. After the product is tested as passes all requirements, the manufacturer must file a proposed listing in accordance with the guidelines, as outlined in the BHMA Operational Manual, and send the testing report to BHMA. BHMA then checks with the designated testing lab for affirmation of the proposed listing. Upon lab affirmation, the listing is designated as certified and the product is then listed in the Certified Products Directory featured on the BHMA website.

Is BHMA the same organization that provides certification for commercial hardware?

Yes. BHMA sponsors third-party certification of commercial hardware products as well. Like residential product certification, there is a formal third-party certification process to independently verify that a commercial product meets specific requirements or criteria.