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Master Locksmiths Association

Master Locksmiths Association

Formed in May 1986 the MLA is a not-for-profit trade association registered number 02020160. It was established to set and promote standards of conduct, good practice and quality materials within the locksmith industry.

MLA licensed companies, who undergo strict vetting, regular inspections and employ a qualified locksmith. They can provide you with peace of mind regarding the security of your home.
Unfortunately there are no government regulations for the locksmithing industry so anyone could start without any qualifications (just years of experience as a burglar!).

The MLA helped change the law regarding the vetting of locksmiths in 2009. Following a large campaign and debates in the houses of Commons then the Lords, the association was added to the “exceptions order” for the rehabilitation of offenders act, enabling the MLA to perform standard level CRB checks on its members.

In addition to this vetting, their regular inspection of approved companies (including checking of jobs done, paperwork trails for quality purposes, insurances etc, and the need for every MLA Approved Company to employ a locksmith with an exam based proof of competence) you can be assured you are using locksmiths of the highest quality.

To provide further peace of mind the MLA is a corporate affiliate member of the Trading Standards institute, a trade association member of the Association of Chief Police Officer’s “Secured by Design organisation” and works closely with the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Network, as well as consumer organisations like Which and government departments.

So if you need a locksmith, it is vital that you look for one which is independently vetted, inspected and competent. Do make sure you look for the official logo (as shown above), it’ll mean the company is an approved MLA member and check they are MLA licensed by checking against this website, that way you’ll be certain that a bonafide locksmith is being used.