You may think that the company you’ve decided to call if you ever become locked out of your home or vehicle already has all of the necessary qualifications to do the job correctly and efficiently. But did you know that, depending on the company, up to five certifications may have had to be obtained in order to be considered legitimate in the eyes of the ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America)?
These certifications are made available to industry personnel, who are then tracked and tested to ensure their compliance with federal regulations.
Automotive certification or CAL means that a professional has passed the automotive exam and has been found to have good working knowledge of all aspects of this particular area.
There are several designations, which fall under the general certification. One of these is the registered certification. Anyone granted this designation received it for one of the following reasons:
– They were grandfathered into the program when it was first incepted in the mid-1980s
– They are an active industry professional who has obtained 12 education units from the ALOA via the Continuing Education program;
– They have completed the basic ALOA course, as well as passed the examination.
Anyone obtaining this designation has obtained good working knowledge of the general industry. This designation requires having passed the 10 mandatory categories and 2 or more specialized electives of choice.
The Certified Professional (CPL) is granted to those who have already obtained Certified Registered status, as well as who have passed an additional 12 electives. Individuals with this designation have both extensive knowledge of the industry in general, as well as experience with several specializations.
This designation is the highest that can be obtained. Individuals with this designation have proven their proficiency in 90% of the categories offered via the Proficiency Registration Program offered by the ALOA. CMLs (Certified Master Locksmith) also have advanced knowledge of electronic security, as well as most areas of the industry.
The ALOA registered designation, or ARL means that the individual is working as a professional in security and has completed the standard ninety-day probationary period. As well, the individual must pass a background check. However, it’s important to note here that the ALOA registered designation does not mean that an individual is qualified by the ALOA to perform locksmith services.
Understanding the above designations can make you much more aware of the types of emergencies a particular company can help you with. In the event that you wish to protect yourself from more than one type of lockout situation, such as your vehicle in addition to your home and Business, a company that has several of the certifications listed above may be best. Of course, the reliability and reputation of any company can be confirmed by checking with the Better Business Bureau to see whether or not they are registered.
Although understanding the different certifications of industry professionals may not currently be at the top of your list, it can save you much time and stress should you become locked out.