INDUSTRY ARTICLES - GET YOUR LOCKSMITH'S CERTIFICATION / LASA
Become a certified locksmith in South Africa / LASA
Needless to say, before you can call yourself a professional locksmith, you need to complete the necessary locksmith training and become properly certificated. In this way, your future employer and customers will have no doubts about your proficiency, and you’ll pursue every new job with confidence.
The Locksmith Association of South Africa (LASA) is the industry’s national representative body and is registered with the Department of Labour. LASA is also a member of the Security Industry Alliance, which is a body that intercedes with government on behalf of all security providers. LASA and its members enjoy the support of a number of manufacturers and suppliers who are also members of the Association. However, LASA cannot claim that all manufacturers, locksmiths and/or suppliers and service providers are members of the Association.
LASA’s members enjoy a number of benefits, such as problem solving advice, locksmith training and certification to national standards and product and technical workshops, as well as the exchange of useful tips and techniques.
Supervised, hands-on training with an emphasis on manual skills is required to become a certificated locksmith. To achieve this, aspiring locksmiths are required to attend accredited and registered training schools, which can be found in most provinces within South Africa. It is important to note that neither correspondence courses nor training provided by online schools are recognised within South Africa.
LASA points out that training courses for locksmiths and professionals within related disciplines is regulated by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) and SASSETA (the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority). These include skills programmes, up-skilling and full learnerships.
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