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. Please contact Nici Juneau at for any questions.  

RECERTIFICATION: To maintain your certification, you must recertify every two years by earning 4 CEU credit hours through ALA-approved training. The CEU credit hours may be earned at any time within the two-year time frame. Recertification fee: $40.

Download the recertification application here and pay online 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 seven 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

2024 Edition orders available now!
*Exam certification is for ALA members only, non members will not be recognized for the Lighting Specialist
2024 Revision is available for order, shipping will begin early March.   To order the manual click here


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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.