ALOA Certifications:

As an internationally recognized trade association, the Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA) and distinguished professionalism and proficiency among locksmiths and safe technicians by granting these designations:

  • Registered Locksmith (RL)
  • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)
  • Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL)
  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Safe Technician Designations: Certified Professional SafeTech (CPS) and Certified Master SafeTech (CMST).
  • Certified Automotive Locksmith (CAL)

Available to all locksmiths and safe technicians, the Proficiency Registration Program (PRP) and the Safe Technicians Proficiency Registration Program (STPRP) evaluates, through participation tracking and testing, the educational and technical competence of dedicated individuals in a wide range of subjects including; Automotive locksmithing; General locksmithing; Specialty locksmithing; Electronic Access Control; and Safe and Vault service.

CERTIFICATION LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Locksmith Certifications

CRL Level:
This is the entry level certification for locksmith professionals. This requires passing the Mandatory Exam as well as 2
elective exams.
CPL Level:
Once achieving the CRL level, this second step in certification requires passing an additional 12 electives.
CML Level:
This is the top level of the general locksmithing category. After achieving the CPL certification, this requires passing an
additional 9 electives.
CLL Level:
This is Exam for the Licensing Certification for Alabama or Louisiana.

Safe and Vault Certifications

CPS Level:
This is the entry level test for the Safe and Vault technician.
CMST Level:
Once achieving the CPS level, this is the top level of certification for the Safe and Vault category
Automotive Certifications
CAL Level:
The entry level certification for the Automotive Specialist.
CMAL Level:
After attaining the CAL level, this is the top level certification for the Auto Professional.

Institutional Locksmith Certifications

ICRL Level:
This is the entry level certification for locksmith professionals. This requires passing the Mandatory Exam as well
as 2 elective exams, Life Safety Code and Basic Electricity.
ICPL Level:
Once achieving the CRL level, this second step in certification requires passing an additional 12 electives.
ICML Level:
This is the top level of the general locksmithing category. After achieving the CPL certification, this requires
passing an additional 9 electives.
CILM Level:
This is a credential specifically for the Institutional Lockshop Manager. Candidate must achieve the ICPL level before sitting
for this exam.

Electronic Locksmithing Certifications

CEL Level:
Entry level certification for the security professional that services the electronic security needs of the public.
CMEL Level:
After receiving the CEL credential, this is the highest level certification for the Electronic Locksmith.

Forensic / Investigative Certifications

CFL (Auto, General, Safe/Vault):
The CFL testing is by appointment only. There is a list of prerequisites that must be met and approved by the IAIL Advisory
Committee before a sitting can be scheduled. The credential requires passing the Mandatory Test for the CFL as well as an
elective specific to the field one wishes to specialize.