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Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS)

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Security supervisors must have effective human resources and emergency management expertise as well as sound judgment and practical skills. They must keep pace with change, improve their knowledge, and share their experience with others.

The Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS) designation provides recognition for these skills.

Fee for the CLSS program is:
AH&LA Members: $225
Nonmembers: $300

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Fee includes: Exam preparation materials, Exam, Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.

The CLSS designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


CLSS Prerequisites

Who should apply?
A person who supervises two or more individuals; has responsibilities for security issues at property-level; has job duties that are at least 20 percent supervisory in nature and include such tasks as scheduling, training, interviewing, disciplining, inspecting, and conducting performance reviews; makes decisions and judgment calls while performing daily duties; and has input on hiring and firing decisions within a department.

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CLSS designation through one of two options: Plan A emphasizes an education background and Plan B emphasizes industry experience. All plans require documented evidence of experience and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Plan A Eligibility: Education Emphasis

  • At least a 2-year degree from an accredited institution OR successful completion of the Educational Institute's Security and Loss Prevention Management course.

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

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


CLSS Exam Preparation Materials

Supervisory Skill Builders is a nine-workbook series is needed as preparation for the CHS examination, AH&LA Members: $109.95; Nonmembers: $139.95.
CLSS exam preparation material offers a thorough overview of the CLSS exam content, along with practice questions. Highlights include:

  • Lodging Security Overview
  • The Legal System
  • Security Implementation
  • Operational Policies and Procedures
  • Locks and Keys
  • Investigating and Reporting
  • Additional Security Considerations
  • Supervising Human Resources
  • Crisis Management and Emergency Procedures

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