Associated Locksmiths of America

ALOA Mission Statement

The mission of ALOA, as dedicated members of the locksmith/security industry, is to ensure professional excellence and ethics; create a public demand for professional locksmith services; represent and speak for the locksmith/security industry; and expand the exchange of trade information and knowledge with other related organizations to preserve and enhance the industry.

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What Does a Professional Locksmith/Security Professional Do?

A professional trained locksmith/security professional may do some or all of the following: install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys or cards, generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost and respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned.

Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems. Many locksmiths specify, design, provide, install and service a wide range of electronic access control systems and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Because of the integration of electronic security systems with computers and networks, some locksmiths maintain security hardware and software for computer systems.

When new or replacement locks are required, a locksmith assists the customer in determining the correct types of locks needed based on the security risk/exposure, life safety application and frequency of use. The locksmith installs locks and security devices using manufacturer's templates and/or industry specifications, by cutting or drilling the proper opening in the selected location with small hand and power tools.

In an effort to assure that the ALOA Certification tests are current in their content, all testing other than that performed at the ALOA Headquarters in Dallas or at the annual conference in Orlando, will be temporarily suspended while these updates are performed. This process should take between 60 and 90 days. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Anyone needing CLL testing for licensing or for any other questions regarding this, please contact ALOA Education and Certification at

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