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Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD)

Answer to all your questions – HOW IT WORKS

Security directors must have knowledge of the legal system as well as property management expertise, sound judgment, and practical skills. They must keep pace with change, improve their knowledge, and share their experience with others.

The Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD) designation provides recognition for these skills. Recognized worldwide, the CLSD designation is the lodging industry's highest acknowledgment of professionalism for security directors in the hospitality industry.

Fee for the CLSD program is:
AH&LA Members: $375
Nonmembers: $500

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Fee includes: CLSD Exam Preparation Booklet, Volume Resource Materials CD, Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.

Exam Preparation Material:
The Certified Lodging Security Director exam preparation material offers a thorough overview of the CLSD exam content, along with practice questions. Highlights include:

  • Hotel Security Planning
  • Guest and Hotel Asset Protection
  • Emergency Management
  • Hospitality Law
  • Hotel’s Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Study materials for the CLSD include information on: terrorism threats, hazards and protective measures for lodging, Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Payment Card Industry compliance standards affecting security.
The CLSD designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


CLSD Prerequisites

Who should apply?
Security director at a property level or as a corporate executive employed by a firm responsible for the operation of three or more properties, who serves as a regional or corporate director of security, or has ultimate corporate responsibility for security and/or risk management issues. Police Officers who provide tourism oriented policing.

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CLSD designation through one of three options: Plan A emphasizes an education background, Plan B emphasizes industry experience, Plan C emphasizes early entry.

Plan A Eligibility: Education Emphasis

  • At least a 2-year degree from an accredited institution

  • Current full-time employment in a CLSD qualifying position* with at least one year of full-time experience in one or more such positions.

Plan B Eligibility: Experience Emphasis
  • Current employment in a CLSD qualifying position* with at least two years of full-time experience in one or more such positions.

Plan C Eligibility: Early Entry
Plan C requires a candidate to hold a qualifying position at the time of application. Plan C does not have an education requirement, but a degree will reduce the length of time you are required to spend in a qualifying position.
Through Plan C you can begin working on your CLSD designation and demonstrating your commitment to professional development the first day on the job. Plan C enables you to take the CLSD certification test up to three times so you can gauge your progress and knowledge against an industry proven standard. You no longer need to wait to see if you meet the benchmark of industry quality. You can prove it, and pursue a strong professional development regimen. This plan will allow individuals who are in qualifying positions to pursue their certification even if they are lacking in experience.

A Plan C candidate who is in a qualifying position:
  • May sit for the examination BEFORE meeting the experience requirement.
  • May take the examination up to 3 times.
  • May sit for the examination while in the process of completing a degree.
  • Will be required to submit documentation of employment at the time the experience requirement is met.



Our high-quality exams are designed to ensure maximum value to our customers, and each has been rigorously tested before release. The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) offers select certifications exams online.
A proctor may be a CHA, a hospitality educator, an AH&LA member association/federation executive, your immediate supervisor or a member of the clergy.
Please keep in mind that your designated proctor cannot be a relative.
Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. All online exams require that examinations be administered under the supervision of a proctor.
For additional information, please contact the Educational Institute Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahla.com | phone: 1-407-999-8100| fax: 1-407-236-7848 or 1-407-999-8610

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