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Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®)

 The need for skilled and knowledgeable security professionals has never been greater. The primary purpose for earning the Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®) designation is to recognize the professional standing of the hospitality security/risk management executive/director. The CLSD® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


Qualifying Candidate

Security director, risk management director, security managers, or loss prevention 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 regional or corporate director of security, or has ultimate corporate responsibility for security and/or risk management issues. Tourism Police Officer may also qualify.



Candidate time in position: 1 year, OR

One current AHLEI management, department head, or executive certification takes 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)

Degree from an accredited academic institution will take 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)


Topics covered

1.         Lodging Security Overview

2.         The Legal System

3.         Security Planning

4.         Operational Policies and Procedures

5.         Locks, Keys and Safes

6.         Investigating and Reporting

7.         Additional Security Considerations

8.         Managing Security Department Human

9.         Resources

10.     Crisis Management and Emergency



Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. The CLSD® program must be completed within one year from enrollment. Candidates have the option of extending their enrollment expiration date up to one year upon paying a $100 administration fee.


Fee includes

CLSD® Exam Preparation Booklet

One Volume Resource Materials CD

First exam

Certificate and lapel pin upon successful completion of the exam



We require that individuals arrange to take their examination under the supervision of an approved proctor.

Exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three-hour time period

Passing score: 70% or higher.

Two retakes are allowed if a candidate does not pass the exam. The fee is $150 and must be completed within the same one year time frame of enrollment.

Exam is available online and paper based.


Recertification: Every five years

Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CLSD® Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification. www.ahlei.org/recertification