How to Certify

BHMA Product Certification Program

BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products. Third-party certification is a formal process for independently verifying that a product meets specific requirements or criteria.

Are you interested in BHMA certification of your company's products?

 Application for Certification, License Agreement and Program Manual also known as the 'Operational Manual' provides details including:

     -the labs that will conduct testing

     -the ANSI/BHMA standards with certification programs

     -the agreement to sign when your company's products are ready to be certified

Under the BHMA-sponsored certification program, manufacturers voluntarily submit a hardware product to independent laboratory testing to confirm that the product fully meets the criteria of its ANSI/BHMA standard.  In-factory audits of the product are conducted periodically to assure that product comply to the standard. Products unable to pass the auditing process face loss of certification.

-  Download “2012 BHMA Certified Presentation” (PowerPoint presentation) to gain a better understanding of the Certified program and the BHMA Certified Mark.

Contact BHMA.


***Notice Regarding Upcoming Enhancements to the BHMA Certified Products Directory***

Dec. 27, 2018- Several enhancements in the BHMA Certified Products Program will be implemented over the next few months which are going to require action on the part of the participants/applicants. These changes will result in improvements in several areas: a more detailed, user friendly and searchable CPD; a more attractive and useful website; and helpful features such as reminders when testing is due.-Read more


Notice to BHMA Certified Products Directory Participating CompaniesNov 25, 2014


                                   Print the 'Steps to Certification' and 'Is It a BHMA Certified Product'?

What are the 'Steps to Certification' of your hardware?

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How can I tell?  

'Is It a

BHMA Certified Product'?

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BHMA's new video describes product testing and the importance of certification.

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View the ANSI/BHMA A156 Series Standards accredited procedures


Product Categories Offering BHMA Certification

Currently the BHMA-sponsored certification program covers the following categories of builders hardware. The categories and the ANSI/BHMA standards to which they are tested are as follows:

  • A-Butts & Hinges (A156.1), Hinge Templates (A156.7), Self Closing Hinges (A156.17),
    Strap & Tee Hinges (156.20), Continuous Hinges (A156.26)

  • B-Cabinet Hardware (A156.9), Auxiliary Hardware (A156.16)

  • D-Sliding & Folding (A156.14)

  • C-Closers (A156.4), Stops & Holders (A156.8), Release Devices (A156.15)

  • E-Auxiliary Locks (A156.5), Cabinet Locks (A156.11), Electromagnetic (A156.23), Exit Locks, Hi Security Cylinders (A156.30) Electric Strikes (A156.31), Auxiliary Locks (A156.36), Residential Locksets & Latches (A156.39), Residential Deadbolts (A156.40)

  • F-Locks & Latches (A156.2), Interconnected (A156.12), Mortise Locks (A156.13), Electrified Locks (A156.25), Multipoint Locks (A156.37), Residential Locksets & Latches (A156.39), Residential Deadbolts (A156.40)

  • G-Exit Devices (A156.3), Delayed Egress (A156.24), Exit Locks, Alarms (A156.29)

  • J- Architectural Trim (A156.6), Thresholds (A156.21), Gasketing (A156.22), Egress Marking (A156.35)

  • P- Low Energy Doors (A156.19), Revolving Doors (A156.27), Low Energy Power Operateed Sliding and Folding Doors (A156.38)

  • Q-IDHA’s (A156.32)

  • All sections-Materials & Finishes (A156.18)

BHMA publishes an annual directory of all BHMA certified hardware products.  Browse the 2017 BHMA Certified Products Directory.   

To order:

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