The Association was started by a group of locksmiths in 1974 and has grown to be the representative body for the locksmith industry in South Africa. The association is governed by an constitution and has 8 classes of membership. LASA has branches in the Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Northern Province and Western Cape. LASA is the officially recognized National organization that represents the Locksmiths Industry and deals with all issues relevant to the Locksmiths Industry at National and Government level e.g. The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) LASA and its Members have the support of Manufacturers and Suppliers.

LASA members have access to products confined to LASA Members, such as safe picks and restricted profile key blanks. LASA constantly strives to improve standards and conditions in our industry and promotes public recognition of LASA Members as professional craftsmen.LASA has a Labour Policy, contained in a Manual, available at nominal cost to Members.

This Manual contains all information and forms required for employment, grievances and dismissal.LASA has a Bulletin Board on the website for confidential matters which can be accessed by a password provided to Members by the National Office.