Red Team Alliance

Covert Methods of Entry [5-Day Intensive]

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Red Team Alliance's Covert Methods of Entry class is a 5-day training geared toward students who need to be spun up rapidly in the field of physical site compromise and entry.  Professionals already working in the field who wish to hone their existing covert entry capabilities will also derive great benefit from taking this course.  A wide range of topics including multiple special focus modules across a variety of physical, digital, and human attack surfaces will be covered in great detail.

This course covers topics from lock manipulation and bypass to mission planning including reconnaissance and target evaluation.  Vulnerabilities in electronic physical access control systems and other enterprise security systems are also explored.


  • Covert Entry Overview
    • Laws and Restrictions
  • Pin Tumbler Lock Manipulation
    • Pick-Resistant Locks
  • Wafer Locks in Cabinets and Panels
  • Warded Locks on Perimeter Barriers
  • Tubular Lock Systems
  • Cruciform locks
  • Bump Key Usage
  • Lock and Key Decoding
  • Key Origination
  • Key Control
  • Attacking Combination Locks and Lock Boxes
  • Padlock Bypassing
  • Door Latch and Deadbolt Bypassing
    • Residential vs Commercial Door Systems
  • Impressioning
  • Master-Keyed Systems
  • Molding and Casting Keys
  • Elevator Systems
  • Electronic Physical Access Control Systems
    • RFID Credentials
    • Sensor Hardware
    • Controller Logic
    • Credential Cloning
    • Wiegand Interception
    • PIN Code Attacks
  • Telephony Access Control Systems
  • Default Keys
  • Reconnaissance and Target Evaluation
  • Social Engineering
  • Destructive Entry
  • Field Expedient Tool Fabrication
  • Locksmith Software and Tools
  • Photographic Key Duplication
  • Forensic Locksmithing

Graduates of the Red Team Alliance Covert Methods of Entry training program can expect to be able to evaluate and approach a target structure -- whether commercial or residential -- and formulate a plan for gaining entry to the buildings and grounds as well as assorted locked containers and secured spaces that lay within, all with a focus on non-destructive techniques.  Whether operating under the aegis of government authority or acting in a private sector security evaluation capacity, CMoE personnel who train with RTA leave class equipped both mentally and materially to tackle the kinds of situations that our industry routinely presents to field agents.

Hardware Included in On-Site Training:

  • Eight Piece Lockpick Set
  • Practice Locks & Spare Lock Parts
  • Bypass Mini-Knife
  • American Lock Bypass Driver
  • Adams Rite Push Wire Tool
  • Quick Stick Lock Shank
  • Traveler Hook Loiding Tool
  • Super Mica Door Shims
  • Padlock Shims
  • Covert Wafer Jigglers
  • Warded Pick Tools
  • Bump Hammer, Bump Key, and Bump Bands
  • Sensor Masking Adhesive Magnets
  • Multi-Section Key Blanks
  • Locksmith Cylinder Shims
  • Light Pipe Plug Follower Tool
  • A Custom Pinning Tray

Virtual students will receive all above hardware PLUS all additional practice locks and RFID PACS hardware necessary to participate.


Students taking both the 5-Day CMoE and 2-Day PACS virtual trainings can receive a $1200 hardware kit discount by adding both classes to their cart! Offer is only valid for one student, and student will receive only one PACS hardware kit to cover both courses.

Date: As Selected Above

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM local time as specified in course listing
          (Including Coffee and Lunch Breaks)

Requirements and Prerequisites:

A laptop is required for this class.  For the RFID and Electronic Access Control modules of the class, students will work with tools such as the Proxmark3 device, at such time they will utilize their laptop which should be running Windows 10 or Windows 11 natively (not in a VM) with local admin rights enabled.  Laptops that are locked down due to corporate security policies or Windows "S Mode" may not be able to run the Proxmark software.  Having a laptop that affords the user local admin rights is preferred.

Students of any ability and experience may enroll in Covert Methods of Entry.  Individuals making their first foray into the industry will gain broad insight while already-established security practitioners will learn new useful tactics and procedures to increase their effectiveness.


Certification Preparation:

RTA's Covert Methods of Entry training course is seen by most in the industry as a key initial step on the pathway toward achievement of the tiered Red Team Certification Group credentialing process.  Most participants who complete the CMoE course find themselves well prepared for the knowledge exam and practical hands-on exam portions of the Covert Entry Associate certification.

  • CMOE-5
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