Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS®)

Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS®)


Membership BenefitsMembership Benefits

Member: $225.00
Nonmember: $300.00

Today's successful security supervisors must have effective human resources and emergency management expertise as well as sound judgment and practical skills. They must keep pace with change, improve their knowledge, and share their experience with others.

The Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS®) designation provides recognition for these skills. Recognized worldwide, the CLSS® designation is the lodging industry's highest acknowledgment security supervisors in the hospitality industry.

Fees includes: Skills Guide, Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam. 

The CLSS® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings. 

For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahlei.org | Phone +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 | Fax: +1.407.236.7848 or +1.407.999.8610

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CLSS® designation if currently employed in these qualifying position(s):

  • A person who supervises two or more individuals; has responsibilities for security issues at property-level; has job duties that are at least 20 percent supervisory in nature and include such tasks as scheduling, training, interviewing, disciplining, inspecting, and conducting performance reviews; makes decisions and judgment calls while performing daily duties; and has input on hiring and firing decisions within a department.


Candidate Time in Position: 3-months, OR

  • One current AHLEI supervisor, management, department head, or executive certification eliminates time requirement 
  • Degree from an accredited academic institution eliminates time requirement 


    The CLSS® application is available both online and in a printable format.  

    Online Application

    Start by accessing the online application

    Have the following documents available to upload: 
    • Current Resume
    • Job Description
    • Employment Verification Form (signed by your immediate supervisor)
    • Copy of diploma or transcripts (if applying under Plan A)
    • Complete payment

    Printable Application

    Download the Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS®) application form (PDF format)

    Exam Preparation Material

    Candidates for the Certified Lodging Security Supervisor (CLSS®) designation will receive the CLSS® study materials.

    Interested in taking your certification exam online? Our high-quality exams are designed to ensure maximum value to our customers, and each has been rigorously tested before release. The Educational Institute offers select certifications exams online.

    A proctor* may be a CHA®, CLSS®, a hospitality educator, an AH&LA member association/federation executive, your immediate supervisor or a member of the clergy.

    *Please keep in mind that your designated proctor cannot be a relative.

    The CLSS® exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a two hour time period. All test questions are designed to test the candidate's mastery of various competencies derived from nine key areas of knowledge in combination with on-the-job hospitality work experience. The key areas of testing are:

    • Lodging Security Overview
    • The Legal System
    • Security Implementation
    • Operational Policies and Procedures
    • Locks and Keys
    • Investigating and Reporting
    • Additional Security Considerations
    • Supervising Human Resources
    • Crisis Management and Emergency Procedures

    Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. All Online Exams require that examinations be administered under the supervision of a proctor.

    For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:
    email: certification@ahlei.org | Phone +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 | Fax: +1.407.236.7848 or +1.407.999.8610


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