Originally founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S. manufacturers of in-ground lifts, the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947.

Currently credentialed by ANSI, and recognized by the International Accreditation Forum as an Accredited Standards Developer and a Product Certification Organization, ALI sponsors several nationally recognized automotive lift safety standards and offers a Third-Party Certification Program for automotive lift products and automotive lift inspection services provided by inspectors.

It is the stated policy of ALI to provide a high quality, independent, third party Certification Program that promotes the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lift products. While quality improvement is the responsibility of every ALI employee, Certification Program Participant, and Member and Associate Member Company, it is the quality control measures within each Certification Program’s Participation Manual and Quality and Operational Procedures that ensure ALI’s industry recognized certification marks maintains a high degree of integrity.

In keeping with the ALI Conflicts of Interest Policy – ALI, each Certification Program Administrator and the testing laboratories supporting the ALI Lift Certification Program do not supply, design or manufacture lift products.

Since ALI’s inception, changes in the marketplace have led the industry to identify automotive lifts with terms such as auto lifts, auto hoists, and vehicle lifts among others. Regardless of how you identify the product, there are now seven (7) types of lifts commonly used in today’s auto equipment garage and supporting the vehicle service and repair industry.

Today’s Institute remains diligent with regard to lift safety as a primary activity and pursues a mission of promoting the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lift products.

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