Associated Locksmiths of America

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ALOA Security Professionals Association, Inc
Abbreviation ALOA
Type Trade association
Legal status Trade Association
Focus Locksmithing
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Area served
United States

ALOA Security Professionals Association, Inc. (formerly the Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc.) is an organization for locksmiths and other physical security professionals, and is the world's largest such organization. ALOA's mission is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism, education and ethics among locksmiths and those in related sectors of the physical security industry around the world. Representing over 10,000 locksmiths in the United States, Canada and other countries, ALOA is poised to help members obtain the knowledge, strength and confidence to perform their role in the physical security field with pride and dignity. ALOA’s activities include the ALOA Continuing Education (ACE) program, the ALOA Annual Convention and Security Expo and the ALOA Training Center, which is based in Dallas, TX. ALOA leads the way for advanced and improved security performance by providing members and the security community with access to a full range of educational programs and services.

In its Proficiency Registration Program (PRP), ALOA offers five locksmith membership designations:

  • Registered Locksmith (RL)
  • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)
  • Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL)
  • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
  • Certified Automotive Locksmith (CAL)

ALOA holds frequent PRP exam sessions for experienced locksmiths. ALOA owns the Safe and Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA) and proctors the examinations for its specialty certifications as well which are:

  • Certified Professional SafeTech (CPS)
  • Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)

ALOA also run a yearly Locksmith and security Exhibition run in Rosemont, IL.

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