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MBA USA, Inc, Locksmith, Nicholasville, KY   

Tools and Training for Security Professionals™



GSA Container Identification

Class Time: 9am to 5pm
Course Length: 1 Day
Course Fees: $275.00
Registration Fee: $25.00 (First time students only)
Course Code: EDUGSAID
Location: Nicholasville, KY




aloa-icon.png This class has been approved for 1 point towards the ALOA PRP Recertification requirements.
Download an Enrollment Application by clicking here.

Please note: This course is open to U.S. citizens only.

Course Description:

This class will give the student an extra advantage when taking the GSA Approved Container Inspection course and is typically scheduled the day before the inspection course. The first step in inspecting a GSA container is identifying it. Even if you have worked with GSA containers for years, there is always more to learn. This class will help fill in the gaps between what you know or think you know.

Since 1955, there have been at least 19 manufacturers of GSA approved security containers, IPS containers, vault doors, and weapons containers. Some of the manufacturers were in the game for a short time while others manufactured products for many years. Some made only certain approved products while others made many types of products.

This class will show examples of the types of containers, give an overview of the different manufacturers, explain the classes of containers, and even show examples of file cabinets that are commonly mistaken for GSA containers when they are not.


The following is covered in detail:

  • GSA History
  • Classes of GSA containers and their protection requirements
  • Differences between "Black Label" and "Red Label" containers
  • Labels on containers and how to interpret their information
  • Typical GSA container and vault door configurations
  • Each manufacturer with samples of their approved products
  • "Imposters" Containers that are mistaken as GSA approved
  • Tips on identifying containers when the original labels are missing or incorrect


Do you need this class? Test yourself with these questions:

  1. Who manufactured the first GSA container?  What class was it?
  2. How can you immediately identify a Mosler container as a Class 3?
  3. What does blue lettering on a GSA label indicate?
  4. What is the difference between a COMSEC container and an IPS container?
  5. Which classes of GSA containers were insulated against fire?
  6. What is the GSA class of an insulated vault door?


Each Student will receive:

  • GSA Container Identification a reference book By Andy Dennison - $125 value!
  • Class reference guide
  • MBA USA Course Certificate
  • Coffee Mug
  • MBA USA Ruler
  • MBA USA pen
  • Notepad


  1. Herring Hall Marvin, class 2
  2. A 2" wide strap across the top, front to back.
  3. Class 5 IPS Container
  4. NSA approved COMSEC containers are not GSA approved, IPS Containers are GSA approved.
  5. Class 1 and Class 2
  6. There is no such thing.

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