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
Download the Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD®) application.
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
For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone 407-999-8100 or 888-575-8726 | Fax: 407-236-7848 or 407-999-8610