Contact Us At:

U.S. Mail:


P.O. Box 9554

Naperville, IL 60567-0554

Who We Are:

We are locksmiths, carpenters and building engineers who are employed by colleges, universities, hospital, companies, and government facilities.

Why the Institutional Locksmiths’ Association?

Institutional locksmiths found themselves with problems and nowhere to turn for help. We needed a forum for the locksmiths to be able to discuss common problems which occur in the institutional setting. Such as:

  • Help with key control and master keying
  • Help with technical information
  • Help locating parts, supplies, key code, etc.
  • Help communicating internal needs to your institution

The Great Lakes Chapter Meetings

Meetings are held in the greater Chicagoland area on the first Thursday of the month, excluding January, July, and August. We always enjoy each others company and share our knowledge at functions such as:

  • ILA Local Meetings
  • ILA National Meetings
  • ILA Distributor Classes
  • ILA Manufacturer Classes
  • ILA Annual Golf Outings
  • ILA Educational Seminars
  • ILA Manufacturer Seminars
  • ILA Christmas/Holiday Parties

Note: Even if you can’t come to the meetings, we all help each other and share information by phone, fax, and email!

Hope to see you there . . .

P.O. Box 9554
Naperville, Illinois 60567-0554

Institutional Locksmiths’ Association
P.O. Box 9560
Naperville, Illinois 60567-0560

Benefits for You

We are dedicated to improve our profession and ourselves for the benefit of our institutions through….

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Cooperation

With our associate membership, which consists of factory representatives and distributors of locksmith and security suppliers, these contacts are invaluable to your institution.  Institutional locksmiths often find themselves presented with plenty of problems. . . and no solutions!  We offer a forum to discuss common problems which occur in the institutional setting.

Members enjoy:

  • New Product Reviews
  • Technical Info & Help
  • Master Keying Assistance
  • Free or Discount Training and Much More!

We also offer three levels of locksmith certification:

  • CIL – Certified Institutional Locksmith
  • CJIL – Certified Journeyman Institutional Locksmith
  • CMIL – Certified Master Institutional Locksmith

Our Associate Members include manufactures, distributors and factory representatives dedicated to help you!