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.

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 encompases 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. Specific Room-by-Room Lighting Recommendations
  8. Effective Selling

The RLTM may be purchased online.

Purchase the RLTM Online