Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®)

Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®)

Day in and day out, lodging security directors make sure that everyone who steps into the property, whether guest, employee or supplier, is safe and secure. They manage risks, detect threats, and make sure there is highly trained and skilled security staff to protect people and property. The Certified Lodging Security Director certification recognizes you as the dedicated professional you are, a leader who is skilled and knowledgeable about all areas of security.​

The CLSD certification can help you excel in your current position, move further toward your career goals, and show that you are among the best in your profession.

The hospitality industry constantly changes, so hospitality professionals must continually advance their knowledge and skills. For this reason, certification designees hold their certification for only five years.

During the next five years, the designee must:

  • Maintain their qualifying position within the industry
  • Earn points by fulfilling activity requirements

Points are earned for:

  • Professional experience
  • Professional development activities/seminars
  • Industry-related involvement
  • Educational services

    You can earn the CLSD designation if you are currently employed as a security director at 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 responsibility for security or risk management issues.

    Candidate Time in Position: 1 year. Time in position can be reduced by six months by meeting one of these conditions:

    • One current AHLEI management, department head, or executive certification (limit 1)
    • A degree from an accredited academic institution (limit 1)
    How to Apply

    Have the following documents available to upload:

    • Current Resume
    • Job Description
    • Employment Verification Form (signed by your immediate supervisor)
    • Copy of diploma or transcripts
    • Complete payment
    Printable Application

    Download the Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®) application.

    Resource Materials

    CLSD Exam Preparation Booklet

    Candidates for the Certified Lodging Security Director designation will receive a CLSD Exam Preparation Booklet with the resource materials that streamline and focus the study and exam preparation. This booklet, along with a CD that includes all the CLSD resource materials, lets you assess your knowledge and experience by individual competency and then directs you to the specific chapter and competencies for study and review.


    The CD contains the six key knowledge areas that correspond with the Exam Preparation Booklet. As you identify knowledge areas where you need review or additional learning, you can access that information on the CD.


    When you are ready to take the exam online, contact AHLEI’s Certification Department to have the exam sent to your proctor.

    A proctor may be a CHA, CLSD, a hospitality educator, an AHLA member association executive, your immediate supervisor or a member of the clergy. Your designated proctor cannot be a relative.

    The CLSD exam has 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within three hours. The test questions test your mastery of competencies derived from nine key areas of knowledge. The key areas of testing are:

    • Lodging Security Overview
    • The Legal System
    • Security Planning
    • Operational Policies and Procedures
    • Locks, Keys and Safes
    • Investigating and Reporting
    • Additional Security Considerations
    • Managing Security Department Human Resources
    • Crisis Management and Emergency Response
    Multiple Staff Members

    To order this program for your property to train multiple staff members, Contact Us.

Training Information
  • Duration: 40 Hours
  • Attendees: 01 Participant / Price: $1300.00
  • Location: Free Online

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