ALOA Institutional Locksmith understands that your time and money are valuable, so you want to know that the money you spend with us will benefit you. When you join AIL, rest assured that we will work hard to provide you with as many member benefits as possible. From free bonding, to member discounts, AIL has you covered.
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In addition to offering a full range of services, programs, products and money-saving opportunities to meet your needs, our number one goal is to help assure your professional development as an institutional locksmith.
AIL Puts You on the Inside
Keynotes - the official publication of ALOA and AIL - brings you the industry news you need to intelligently face the challenges of the security industry. You get technical information, educational resources, calendar of events in the industry, legislative reports and other association news. Keynotes helps you stay on the cutting edge of security technology.
AIL Certification Program
Utilizing the 27-year backbone of the highly successful and industry-respected ALOA Security Professionals Association certification program, AIL members - as well as other institutional locksmiths - can now participate in a certification program designed especially for them. The first level test has already been developed and ready for use. Additionally, we are giving AIL members the option to transfer their current ALOA PRP designations over to the new AIL designations. AIL has also established a program to allow locksmiths that are already participating in other national certification programs to transfer their current certification to the corresponding AIL PRP level.
ALOA has a long-standing tradition of providing high quality education to locksmiths and security technicians. Education developed with the in-house locksmith in mind will be a hallmark of AIL. Starting this year AIL has taken ALOA educational offerings and created education tracks designed specifically for institutional locksmiths at convention. The next step is to develop new classes specify to meet the needs of institutional locksmiths, such as: spec writing, creating facility hardware design guides, advanced applications of master key systems, and how to write and manage access control policies. These new classes - along with the current education offerings from ALOA that are still all fully available to AIL members - will make AIL the education leader for institutional locksmiths.
Fire Door Inspection
Fire door inspection and life safety is another field of expertise where AIL is developing a new education and certification program with the goal of keeping the costs to a minimum for the AIL members that have to pay for it out-of-pocket. The AIL fire door inspectors will have extensive training in NFPA 80 inspection processes, as well as other aspects of fire and life safety, that will make them an even more valuable asset to their employers.
AIL is Your Legislative Alert Center
AIL and ALOA takes an active role in helping to interpret proposed or enacted laws and regulations which affect you. AILand ALOA stand as a single voice for thousands of locksmiths, and moves quickly to provide legislative advisories to members. AILand ALOA monitor legislation at the federal and state level for the benefit of locksmiths and is active in lobbying on your behalf.
AIL Resource Guides
AIL is creating an online Institutional Locksmiths Resource Center. Some sections will be available to all in-house locksmiths and will generally include some model key policies, job descriptions, etc. But for AIL members, there will be a vast compendium of information that will include: key control policies from institutions from across the country, access control policies, hardware standards, and a resource library of current and legacy product information. Additionally, we're looking to develop resources for members in specialized areas of security such as active shooter defense and response, preparing for Joint Commission inspections, and AAALAC information for members working in animal research facilities.
Member Get A Member
When you recruit five new members for ALOA through the Member-Get-A-Member Program, you not only gain entrance into a highly regarded, highly respected institution, you also help strengthen the association, which, in turn, helps strengthen your business, your future, yourself.
AIL members receive special discounts on services/travel, education, supplies, the AIL Convention and Security Expo and more. AIL works to improve your "bottom line" in every way.
AIL has various categories of membership. Chose the one that best suits your needs!
Persons who are actively engaged in the locksmith/security industry as an institutional (aka in-house) locksmith.
Persons who have been Active Members:
- For at least fifteen (15) years, have reached the age of sixty-two (62) and have withdrawn from the active engagement in the locksmith/security industry; or
- Who have become disabled and have withdrawn from active engagement in the industry.
Persons who are past Presidents and Trusties of the division, or who have provided exceptional service to the corporation, as determined by at least two-thirds vote at a meeting of the Board of Directors and approved by the ALOA SPAI board.
Persons who have a position in the locksmith/security industry but do not work for an institution or a company whose main object is not locksmithing or security.
Firms that manufacture, distribute material or equipment, or provide services for the locksmith/security industry.
Persons who have made a significant contribution to the locksmith/security profession or the attainment of the corporation’s objectives, as determined by at least two-thirds vote at a meeting of the Board of Directors.
Facilities not actively involved in the locksmith/security industry that have more than one employee and at least one Active Member. Membership and renewal shall be approved and determined by the AIL Board of Directors.
This benefit is available to Active Members in the United States and Canada after completing a 90-day waiting period. New Active members will be mailed a bond application in their new member packet, which is mailed after the 90-day waiting period.
ALOA Bond Statement
The Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. has established a fund which will pay a sum of money up to but not to exceed $15,000 to cover losses to customers of ALOA members arising from criminal convictions against members who participate in the bond program for any loss of property, articles, merchandise, or money incurred through the use of the member’s technical skill or knowledge for criminal purposes. For example, making and using a duplicate key for criminal purposes.
Payment is available if a participating member is found guilty of a crime causing a loss as described above by any court of law in the United States or Canada only. All claims will be based on court findings only.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, ALOA’s obligation with respect to losses arising from the action of a member is limited to a maximum of $15,000 each calendar year for each bonded member.
The Bond shall remain in force as long as the locksmith is a qualified member in good standing of the Associated Locksmiths of America, has complied with all requirements of the bond program, and until the maximum payment has been made.
Grassroots Participation Through Chapters
Association members receive AIL products and services through a growing network of chapters. With chapters worldwide, AIL members can grow personally and professionally through local involvement.