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How Can I Join?

To join the MLA as a member we have a number of membership categories, if you’re starting a career as a locksmith you can join as a Personal Member (BLI) to those already trading as locksmiths who wish to become an MLA Approved Company and be featured on our websiteuse the MLA Logo on your own website.

Membership may be granted to persons that qualify as defined in the MLA Bylaws, a brief résumé of the criteria may be found under the Membership Sectors, all members of the MLA receive a number of excellent benefits.

To apply for membership please choose from one of the documents below to download.

Alternatively, you could contact MLA Head Office ( email: enquiries@locksmiths.co.uk) and request an application form or telephone MLA Head Office on 01327 262255.

1. Approved Company – use of MLA logo + featured on MLA website
2. Personal Membership – working as, or training to become a locksmith
3. Affiliate Membership – suppliers/manufacturers/distributors in the industry
4. Associate Membership Overseas – overseas locksmiths
5. Associate Membership UK – non-locksmiths in the UK


Approved Company (MLA)pdf-icon

Requirements to join:

  • DBS Check
  • Inspection of premises ( at the outset and ongoing )
  • Experience – must have a locksmith who has passed an exam based on proof of competence ( e.g BLI Exam )

Benefits:

  • USE OF MLA LOGO:  On websites / vans / shop premises / promotional literature etc…
  • FEATURED ON FIND A LOCKSMITH PAGE:  Your company will be found on the MLA’s Find a locksmith page – this page ranks very high on Google
  • DEDICATED LOCKSMITH PAGE:  Your own Approved Company Page on the MLA website – many Approved Company pages rank very high on Google & members benefit from significant work this brings in
  • Promotion in the MLA’s Yearly Handbook ( sent to Police, Insurers etc.. )
  • Promotion via local and national press coverage generated by the association
  • Access to the Master Locksmiths Association forum & MLA Facebook Group
  • Copy of the association’s journal Keyways
  • Access to regional meetings & training at these meetings to increase their skill level
  • Discounted training and exams for staff members
  • Free HR and H&S support
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing, finance, advertising etc.
  • Getting involved in regional and national contracts for work (which MLA companies share)
  • Technical support on issues such as standards etc. via the MLA’s Technical Manager

This pack also contains information on the exam required to meet the qualifying criteria, as well as information on the inspections that take place.

Download the FREE MLA Approved Company Pack
Contact us or call FREE on 0800 783 14 98


Personal Membership (BLI) pdf-icon

This membership is for those who work as a locksmith, or are training become a locksmith.

Those training to become a locksmith can take advantage of the discount prices on upcoming courses

Requirements to join:

  • DBS Check
  • Experience – working as, or training to become, a locksmith
  • References – from 2 people who have known you for two years or more

Benefits:

  • ID card
  • Copy of members journal Keyways & monthly digital MLA newsletter
  • Access to the Master Locksmiths Association forum & MLA Facebook Group
  • Access to Regional meetings & training run at these events
  • Discounted training & exams
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing etc.

We do have a category of membership called Associated Locksmith which is aimed at UK locksmiths who have been working full time as locksmiths for at least 3 years.

Download FREE Personal Membership Pack
Contact us or call FREE on 0800 783 14 98


Affiliate Member (MLA) pdf-icon

Are you a supplier to the industry, product or service, looking for a route to market?  Affiliate membership provides you with a fantastic promotional opportunity to get to our locksmith members.

Requirements to join:

  • Must be a manufacturer/wholesaler/distributor of security-related products, or services to locksmiths.

Benefits:

  • Benefit from the use of the MLA Affiliate logo (websites/product packaging/clothing etc.. )
  • Contact details published in every issue of our journal Keyways
  • Company details published in the MLA yearly handbook and Affiliate Directory on the member’s section of the MLA website
  • Access to the Master Locksmiths Association forum & MLA Facebook Group
  • Opportunity to present at Regional meetings (ideal to promote your products/services)
  • Ability to sponsor the association’s journal Keyways and/or benefit from discounted advertising therein
  • Discounted rates for exhibiting at Europe’s largest locksmith exhibition ( MLA Expo )
  • Use of meeting/training facilities at MLA head office
  • Ability to have product boards within the head office training facility
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing etc.

Download the FREE MLA Affiliate Member Pack
Contact us or call FREE on 0800 783 14 98


Associate Locksmith – For Overseas locksmithspdf-icon

Are you a locksmith overseas and want to join the MLA?

Requirements to join:

  • Experience – trading as a locksmith for 3 years or more
  • References – from 2 people who have known you for two years or more

Benefits:

  • Receive our member’s magazine ‘Keyways’
  • Access to the Master Locksmiths Association forum & MLA Facebook Group
  • Access to Regional meetings (ideal to promote your products/services)
  • Ability to sponsor the association’s journal Keyways and/or discounted advertising in it
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing etc.

Download the FREE Associate Locksmith pack
Contact us or call FREE on 0800 783 14 98


pdf-iconAssociate Locksmith – UK based + not a locksmith

This membership category is for those who work in the locksmithing industry but are not locksmiths.

Requirements to join:

  • DBS Check
  • Experience – proof of working within the industry
  • References – from 2 people who have known you for two years or more

Benefits:

  • Receive our member’s magazine ‘Keyways’
  • Access to the Master Locksmiths Association forum & MLA Facebook Group
  • Access to Regional meetings (ideal to promote your products/services)
  • Ability to sponsor the association’s journal Keyways and/or discounted advertising in it
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing etc.

Download the FREE Non-Locksmith UK pack
Contact us or call FREE on 0800 783 14 98


Become listed in the MLA Handbook

Should you become an Approved Company or Affiliate Member, you will also be featured in our yearly MLA Handbook.

This handbook is given out at trade shows to security companies, police organisations, the general public etc…  all of the above memberships will also grant you access to our MLA locksmith forum.


Join Our Facebook Groups:

We also have two groups on Facebook for locksmiths of all levels to talk about the industry, feel free to join both below: