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The GPLA Convention

The GPLA 2019 Convention Store is now CLOSED!

All registrations must now be made on site at the convention.

Please do not email or fax any registrations.

  • The secure on-line store is now closed as of 9/24/2019.

  • All registrations must happen on site at the convention.

  • Click here to download the convention booklet.

  • Click here to download a pdf file fillable registration form.

    • Click here to be taken to the GPLA Group Hotel reservations site.

    • Click here to register for the ALOA PRP Certification test.

  • Click here to register for classes, the product exhibit and social events at our secure on-line store.

  • If you prefer to register by mail or fax, click here to download the convention booklet.

  • Click here to download a pdf file fillable registration form.

Meet Our 2020 Gold Level Convention Sponsors

    • Click here to be taken to the GPLA Group Hotel reservations site.

    • Click here to register for the ALOA PRP Certification test.

The Online 2021 GPLA Convention Store Is Now Closed

All registrations must now be made on-site at the convention.

Clifford L. Shafer, CPS, CML
GPLA 2021 Convention Chairman

2021 GPLA Scholarships Update

GPLA has made the decision to increase the number of Scholarships offered for our 2021 convention. Many locksmiths have seen their businesses experience a significant decline due to the effects of the pandemic, so this year we will be awarding six scholarships for up to 3 days of classes each (excluding any lab fees), instead of the usual two scholarships of up to 2 days of classes each. We encourage all interested locksmiths to apply for the Scholarship using the appropriate application (GPLA member or non-member applications) linked below.

Convention Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Airport

PLEASE NOTE: GPLA Headquarters is approximately 20 miles from the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport. For anyone wishing to get a room for Tuesday night closer to GPLA Headquarters, we recommend the Four-Points by Sheraton at 9461 Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, which is about 3 miles from our HQ. Their phone number is: 215-671-9600.

Another option is the Holiday Inn Express at 1329 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, PA, which is about 5 miles away from our HQ. They can be reached at: 215-245-5222.

GPLA has not blocked any rooms at these hotels, nor made any arrangement with them for room pricing.

Convention Dates

Thursday, Sept. 23 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

About The Convention

72th Anniversary Banquet

Security Training Seminar And Product Exhibit


Directions To GPLA HQ

From I-95 North or South: Take exit 30 Cottman Avenue. Follow Cottman Avenue approx. 1 mile, make right onto Frankford Avenue. Follow Frankford Avenue approx. 0.9 miles, make left onto Welsh Road. Make a left at the next intersection onto Craig Street. GPLA Headquarters is ¾ of the way down the block on the left.

10 Great Reasons To Attend The Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association Awards Banquet, Convention, Education, and Product Extravaganza

1. Education

10-12 top-notch industry classes, many with NJ State continuing education credits (CEU) and instructed by nationally-recognized professional instructors with years of experience. Our class prices are some of the best values in the industry!


Cliff Shafer with one of his students in his safe class.


John Williams & John Truempy hardware class.

gpla-Lishi automotive key generation class

Sven K. Hellwig, Sr., and Ryan in a Lishi automotive key generation class.


Paul Kline, one of GPLAs Lishi experts, instructing several students.

2. 50+ Vendor Exhibits

Over 50 Exhibitors during Saturday’s show, showcasing an A to Z of products, services, equipment, and more. Thousands of items available for purchase; you can even buy a new service vehicle if that’s what you need! From a new pick set or trick tool, locks, safes, and vans, you will find it here. Hundreds of door prizes given away all day long, and GPLA and ALOA will be giving away a complete ALOA Convention package for next year!​

Check out our many exhibitors at this years convention.

Check out our many exhibitors at this years convention.

3. Scholarships

No-cost scholarships for 2 days of classes. Members of GPLA and several other local associations (see the non-member application for a list of eligible associations) are welcome to apply for the Connelly-Singer Scholarship. Applications must be received no later than 30 days prior to the convention date. See the GPLAs website ( for an application.

GPLA Scholarship Award

Mr. Bruce Wallen, (center) of Wallens Professional Safe Opening wins the ALOA Door Prize of a free week of training classes at the 2017 convention. Presenting the award package is Mary May (far right) and a contingency of ALOA executives and dignitaries.

4. Friday Night Social

The Friday Night Social is becoming known throughout the industry as the best time you can have without your pick set! Always a different theme to have fun with, great humorous presentations, and crowd participation. Great food, great fun, great friends guaranteed!


GPLA members having fun at the Friday Night Social Event.

5. Meet and Greet

The opportunity to meet, greet, and network with industry leaders from manufacturers and distributors, as well as outstanding world-renowned industry names in specialty fields, various association representatives, and more.


Honorary Convention Chairman Mark Baldino conducted a forum before the tradeshow to discuss the war on illegal locksmiths. Over 25 concerned business owners attended the forum.

6. Free Parking

Free parking for all attendees and guests at our 5-star accommodations, at one of the most convenient locations: Philadelphia Airport DoubleTree by Hilton. Upscale, newly renovated and ready to accommodate every one of your needs. Restaurant, Pub, and Café are on location. Hotel rooms are at the same low price they have been for several years: $119.00 per night using GPLA’s hotel block reservation code.

7. Refreshments

Refreshments available all day at the convention, exhibit show, and during classes, compliments of our convention sponsors, to be announced.

8. Test Your Skills

Show off your professional skills and win big money at our Pick and Bump Contest. Who has the quickest draw with their pick sets?! It could be you that wins a crisp $50 or $100 bill!


GPLA lock picking contest in action!


Orvis Kline (right) congratulates the Lock Bumping Champion, Chino Rosa of Rick’s Key House, on winning in a smoking time of :07 seconds!

9. Old Friends

A chance to stop and take the time out of our busy schedules to relax a little, talk to old friends, or making it a point to say “Hello” to some new friends! Enjoy our non-rushed experience each day of the Convention.

10. Awards Banquet

Our industry’s most prestigious and well-known banquet, with awards being presented to recipients from around the world, around the country, and around our home town. Come and share in the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that these recipients experience when being presented with one of the awards. Sharing in their joy will be contagious. The Friday Night Social, President’s Reception, and Black Tie Preferred Awards Banquet, including hors d’oeuvres and top-shelf bar, surf and turf meal, dessert, and music, are all at one low price of just $85 per person!

GPLA Convention Awards Banquet

Sven K. Hellwig Sr., opening the ceremonies of the 2018 GPLA Awards Banquet.

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