In person security industry trade show

Southern Security Expo is poised to be THE largest security industry trade show in the southeast and is the only event that unites the entire security channel from Locksmith to Security Integrator. Come promote your brands, launch new products, and meet buyers with open projects. Southern Security Expo showcases the latest products, services, and technology including access control, video surveillance, network security products, wireless security products, and thousands more helping ensure safety by giving attendees the right tools and defenses to protect against security risks.


Friday, September 29th – see options below!

Included with your ticket purchase!

All Day Courses

8:00a - 5:00p


Electronic Safe Locks: 101 - Comprehensive Overview

By the end of this class, you will be able to:
1. Understand the Anatomy of Electronic Safe Locks
- Hardware
- Language
- Programming
2. Increase ability to Identify and Select the Correct hardware for your application
3. Increase awareness of Lock Language - If you don't speak it... Look it up
4. Understand the definition of programmable options - It's what differentiates one model from the next
5.General Troubleshooting & Servicing tips
6. Hands-On Locks
- S&G: 6120, Titan
- Tecnosicurezza: Pulse, PulsePro
- LaGard: LGBasic
- Securam: SafeLogic Basic, ProLogic L02

Time: 8:00a - 5:00p
Instructor: Phil Sutherland
Seats Available: 20

Automotive Tips & Tricks

Covering a wide variety of various topics and includes basic hands-on on a couple of vehicles or actual locks from vehicles! Learn where codes are, where to get them, & how to do it without codes. Learn what equipment does what best, licensing, ethics, NASTF, AESBL, pricing, and outfitting a van.

Time: 8:00a - 5:00p
Host: Southern Lock & Supply
Instructor: Jeremy Crocker
Seats Available: 20

Morning Courses

Alarm Lock (Networx)

This tailored workshop dives deep into the world of Alarm Lock Networx, one of the industry's leading electronic lock solutions. Ideal for locksmiths eager to expand their repertoire or refine their expertise, participants will navigate the nuances of installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and advanced features of the Networx system.

Time: 8:00a - 12:00p
Host: Alarm Lock
Instructor: Andy Phelps
Seats Available: 20

INOX: Installation and Programming of Sliding Door and Smart Lock Solutions
This course is designed for participants with previous basic access control knowledge. Covered in this course are access Control systems, installation and programming by INOX. The class includes instructional and hands-on exercises covering the following subjects: 
• Welcome (Who is INOX) • The INOX Family of Solutions • The ISM 7000 SMART LOCK (WHAT IS IT) • Features and Benefits of the Smart Lock • The APP • The User Roles • Programming E- Keys • Adding Users, Deleting Users, Setting Auto Lock • Retrieving the Audit Trail • Privacy and Passage mode Configuration • One Touch Lock All Function • Sliding Door Code • Using multimeter • Installation of PD 97 Sliding door Lock. • The ACCESS IN A BOX • Features and Benefits • Wiring and connections • Summary • Conclusion

Time: 8:00a - 12:00p
Host: INOX
Instructor: Russell Anderson
Seats Available: 10

Afternoon Courses

Alarm Lock (Air Access) 
Time: 1:00p - 5:00p
Host: Alarm Lock
Instructor: Andy Phelps
Seats Available: 34

Navigate the forefront of locksmith technology with a focused exploration of the Alarm Lock Air Access system. Tailored specifically for locksmith professionals, this course aims to equip attendees with the knowledge, skills, and best practices to maximize the benefits of Air Access. Covering everything from installation and integration to advanced troubleshooting, we ensure you leave with mastery over this cutting-edge solution.

Code Locks (Intro to CL5000 & CL600)
Time: 1:00 - 3:00p
Host: Code Locks
Seats Available: 20

Pin Tumbler Locks for Cabinets and Drawers
Time: 3:00p -5:00p

Venture into the specialized niche of cabinet and drawer security with the renowned Olympus Pin Tumbler Lock systems. This course is custom-crafted for locksmiths keen to expand their expertise into fine-detail lock installations. Covering the breadth and depth of Olympus's high-quality pin tumbler solutions for cabinets and drawers, attendees will emerge with enhanced skills and a nuanced understanding of this specific locking domain.

Host: Olympus Lock Inc.
Instructor: Sheldon Herd
Seats Available: 35

Time: 3:00p - 5:00p

Do employees scare or annoy you? If your experience with hiring people has been frustrating or you are ready to start hiring to grow your business This class will share interview tips, hiring processes, training ideas and when to fire people! Be prepared to take notes because we will share insights to help you lay the groundwork for a successful, high productive, energized team. You’ll learn about communication, innovation, and how to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.

Max attendees: 30 people
Host: The Lab @ Loc-Doc
Instructor: Chad Lingafelt

Suprema Access Control 
Time: 1:00p - 3:00p 
System Overview
Programming + Configuration 
**Highly recommend that students bring their own laptops. Not required. 
Seat available: 25
Host: Suprema 
Instructor Devon Felise 

Kickoff Party & Networking

1Hotel Deals Near Convention Center

SC Locksmith Association has secured discounted room rates for the SCLA 2023 Southern Security Expo. Make your hotel selection and secure your reservations early because rooms are limited and based upon availability, and they will go fast.

Hilton Columbia Center
924 Senate St., Columbia SC 29201

Rate: $165.00

Book online here

Across the street to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Reservations Deadline: September 13, 2023, 11:59 PM

Cambria Hotel Columbia Downtown the Vista

1000 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online:

$129.00 Rate Thursday & $179.00 Rate Friday & Saturday

3 blocks to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Reservation deadline: September 6, 2023, 11:59 PM

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC

630 Assembly Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online: Book your group rate for SC Locksmith Association

$139.00 Rate (Self-parking $10.00 per car per night)

.07 blocks to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by September 7, 2023

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista

511 Lady Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online Book your group rate for SC Locksmith Association

$159.00 Rate (Includes breakfast buffet & Wi-Fi, Self-parking $10.00 per car per night)

.07 miles to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by September 7, 2023

Holiday Inn Columbia Downtown

1233 Washington Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online 2023 Southern Security Expo/SC Locksmith Association

$149.00-$159.00 Rate Based on room type

.07 miles to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by August 28, 2023

Sheraton Columbia Downtown

1400 Main Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online  Book your group rate for 2023 Southern Security Expo

$159.00 Rate Cancel outside of 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty equal to one night’s room rate

.07 miles to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by September 4, 2023

Graduate Columbia

1619 Pendleton Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online Graduate Columbia, S.C. | Hotel In the Heart of Downtown Columbia (

$169.00 Rate (Self-parking $10.00 per night) Individuals held to hotel’s cancellation policy for early departure

1 mile to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by September 7, 2023

Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Columbia

501 Taylor Street Columbia, SC 29201

Book online Book your group rate for 2023 Southern Security Expo

$139.00 Rate (Includes breakfast, self-parking & Wi-Fi) Cancel outside of 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty equal to one night room rate

1.3 miles to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Make reservations by September 4, 2023

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Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln St
Columbia, SC 29201

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Friday Sept 29 - Education classes available.

Saturday Sept 30  - EXPO

10:00am – 2:00pm

Lunch provided beginning at 12 noon.


You will have the opportunity to network and connect with hundreds of Security and Locksmith professionals that convene at the show each year to experience and explore the newest technologies and solutions from Access Control, Video Surveillance, Smart Home Solutions, Automotive Smart Key Technology and more!


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