Associated Locksmiths of America

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Have you downloaded the ALOA Tech Link app yet? Get access to hundreds of technical articles from Keynotes dating back to 2010, right at your fingertips. On the app, you can browse articles by category, keyword, author or title.

Download the app for free by going to on your phone's or tablet's Internet browser. To log in, use your email address that is registered with ALOA as your username, and use your ALOA member number as your password. Then, follow the pop-up directions on the screen to save the app to your mobile homescreen. Have questions? Email

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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ALOA 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 ALOA, rest assured that we will work hard to provide you with as many member benefits as possible. From free bonding, to member discounts, ALOA has you covered.

When you are ready to join, click here to start the application process.

If you prefer, you can call us toll free at 1-800-532-2562.

To read up on what ALOA has to offer you, click the links on the left.

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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ALOA Staff

Just call 800-532-2562. The ALOA staff is always ready to help you, whatever your question may be.

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 continuous growth and development for you and your business.

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ALOA Puts You on the Inside

"Keynotes" the official publication of ALOA, brings you the industry news you need to aggressively face the challenges of business in the security industry. You get technical information, management insights, educational resources, calendar of events in the industry, legislative reports and other association news. "Keynotes" helps you stay on the cutting edge of business and security technology.

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ALOA's Certification Program

You will most effectively gain that competitive edge when you participate in the Proficiency Program (PRP) implemented and maintained by the Association. The PRP is the international standard for professional certification in the field of premises security. International promotion of ALOA certified professionals provides recognition of their outstanding skills, training, experience and leadership within the industry.

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ALOA Membership Puts You in the Who's Who of the Industry

Your free listing at identifies you as a qualified and responsible industry professional.

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ALOA is Your Legislative Alert

ALOA takes an active role in helping to interpret proposed or enacted laws and regulations which affect you. ALOA stands as a single voice for thousands and moves quickly to provide legislative advisories. ALOA monitors legislation for the benefit of locksmiths and is active in national lobbying on your behalf.

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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.

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Member Discounts

ALOA members receive special discounts on services/travel, education, supplies, the ALOA Convention and Security Expo and more. ALOA works to improve your "bottom line" in every way.

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Membership Categories

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP (Requires background check.) Persons actively engaged in the locksmith/access control industry for a minimum of two years and have achieved one of ALOA’s recognized program designations, and can provide at least two of the following items:

  1. Sponsored by an Active ALOA member or a local locksmith association;
  2. Character reference from two locksmith/access control industry related sources;
  3. Proof of employment in the locksmith/access control industry.

PROBATIONARY MEMBERSHIP (Requires background check.) Persons undergoing training to qualify as an Active member who have not earned one of ALOA’s recognized program designations. No person shall be a Probationary member for more than three years.

ALLIED MEMBERSHIP Persons who have a position in the locksmith/access control industry that relates to locksmiths, meets requirements 1 and 3 of Active Membership and cannot qualify for any other class of membership.

COMPANY MEMBERSHIP (Requires background check.) Companies actively involved in the locksmith/access control industry, employing more than one employee, may elect to pay dues as a company member (company will “own” membership) which provides limited benefits to multiple employees for a reduction in overall membership dues for the company.

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Free Bonding

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.

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Management & Marketing Services

The competitive edge - every business needs it. You and your business are marketed to your geographic service area on the World Wide Web. Consumers who need services in your area can find you literally from anywhere in the world through our public site: (an opt-in service). As an ALOA member you benefit from the availability of management tools and advisories designed to give you that edge. All participating members get these valuable tools and ongoing periodic updates and reports to sharpen their business and marketing skills.

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Grassroots Participation Through Chapters

Association members receive ALOA products and services through a growing network of chapters. With chapters worldwide, ALOA members can grow personally and professionally through local involvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1:

Q. I just submitted an application to join ALOA. When will I be an official ALOA member and added to ""??

A. All membership applications are treated equally and are processed in the order received. Applications normally take one to two weeks to process. Within one week of processing, you should receive a notice of acceptance. At this point your name is published in Keynotes for review by existing members. Upon final clearance (90-120 days after acceptance) you will receive a welcome packet including a permanent membership card and certificate. At that time, you may log into the members only sectionof and fill out the lock search form to be listed on This is a good time to make sure the ALOA logo is evident on your shop window, service vehicles and business cards, as these customers expect to be contacting an ALOA member.

Question 2:

Q. I renewed my membership as soon as I received my dues notice, but I haven't received an updated membership card. Should I contact ALOA and check on my renewal to see if there's a problem?

A. Yes, unless it has been less than six weeks. The updated cards are printed off-site and this is the normal delivery schedule. Be assured, your membership status is not affected in any way.

Question 3:

Q. I'm late paying my dues. When will I no longer be considered an active member?

A. ALOA dues bills go out in late October and non-renewing members are dropped from at the end of the first quarter of the new year. At that time, the member is no longer "current". If you want to retain your current status and are just delayed in renewing exactly on schedule, contact the office and explain your situation. We'll try to work with you to keep you on the rolls.

Question 4:

Q. When are year pins mailed out?

A. Anniversary pins are available each year at the annual convention. Each member is eligible to receive one free pin per five-year anniversary (5, 10, 15...). Additional pins may be purchased online at the ALOA Bookstore or in the bookstore at the annual convention.

Question 5:

Q. Why doesn't ALOA offer group health insurance as a benefit?

A. Currently, ALOA does not offer a health plan for its members to join because we would have to comply with 50 individual state insurance regulations, thereby making the cost prohibitive. This is a benefit ALOA is interested in providing when the law changes, and there are lobbying efforts underway that may well result in such a change under federal ERISA laws. Check the Legislative Bulletin for frequent updates.

Question 6:

Q. Who qualifies as a retired member?

A. Any person who has withdrawn from the security industry, held an active membership with ALOA for 15 years and is at least 62 years of age qualifies for retired membership status. Also, if at any point in time an active member becomes disabled and is no longer able to work, he or she may qualify for retired status regardless or age or length of membership. (Those members submit a doctor's statement for review.)

Question 7:

Q. I haven't been an ALOA member for several years and now I want to re-join and still have my old membership number. Is this possible?

A. If your membership expired 3 years or less, reinstate your membership by paying the reinstatement dues in the ALOA online Store. You must create an account if you have not made any previous purchases in the Store, or if you have forgotten your login and password. For memberships expired more than 3 years, print membership application from website (Membership), complete it and submit with application fee to the address, email or fax number on the form.

Question 8:

Q. Sometimes I want to photocopy or fax a technical article in KEYNOTES and have trouble doing so because of the background color or artwork. Could the design for these articles be more “copy friendly”? I think this would also increase readability.

A. We’ve had several members express this concern and it does seem practical to design these features with additional usage and maximum readability in mind. Our designer has agreed to make this a priority. ALOA is glad that its members find the material in KEYNOTES of enough value to reuse it.


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Associated Locksmiths of America
ALOA Security
Professionals Association, Inc.

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Dallas, TX 75247

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