To earn the Lighting Specialist (LS) designation, ALA members must purchase and review the Residential Lighting Training Manual and pass a final exam. Members may choose to do self-study at their own pace, or they may attend a four-day Residential Lighting Training Course offered at least once each year.

The manual encompasses every aspect of the residential lighting industry, including industry trends, technology and technical developments.

The LS final exam may be taken online by contacting the ALA. A score of at least 80 percent is needed on the Final Examination of the training manual to become an ALA Lighting Specialist. Exam certification is for ALA members only, non members will not be recognized for the Lighting Specialist.   

Training manuals may be ordered online or through Nici Juneau at

Check for upcoming four-day training seminars here.

Please contact Nici Juneau at to be enrolled in your final exam.

Students who purchased their materials and enrolled in the exam through can access their exam under their dashoard. Members who purchased their materials and registered for the exam before May 2018, will need to contact Nici Juneau at

NOTE: Lighting Specialists certified after Oct. 1, 2010, must recertify every two years by earning 4 CLC credit hours through ALA-approved training. The CLC credit hours may be earned at any time within the two-year time frame. Recertification fee: $40. Download the recertification application here.

About the Residential Lighting Training Manual

The Residential Lighting Training Manual (RLTM) is the core training material for the lighting industry and the basis for earning the LS designation.

The RLTM is the only training manual that encompasses every aspect of the residential lighting industry. Industry professionals, including sales associates, designers and manufacturer representatives, study the manual to strengthen their knowledge about how lighting should be used in customers' homes.

The manual consists of eight modules:

1.    Introduction to Lighting
2.    Light Sources
3.    Decorative Lighting Fixtures
4.    Electricity and Lighting Controls
5.    Architectural Lighting Fixtures
6.    Fundamentals of Lighting Design
7.    Lighting Recommendations

Purchase the RLTM Online

To purchase one manual for your own account: 
Please purchase the Residential Lighting Book and Exam

To purchase multiple manuals for additional users: 
Please purchase the Residential Lighting Book and Exam Voucher and select desired quantity (voucher codes will be given after checkout and stored in your dashboard online) 

To redeem a voucher code:
Each user will need to create their own login and register for a user account. Once created please add the Residential Lighting Training Manual and Exam (not the voucher) to your cart. Continue the full checkout method in the shopping cart. You will be asked for the: Voucher enter your code here and then finish checkout. Select None as your payment method. This will complete your purchase. The courses will then be available under your My Dashboard.