What are the Master Locksmiths Association Four Member Sectors?
The Master Locksmiths Association comprises of the following four membership sectors:
The British Locksmiths Institute
The British Locksmiths Institute is for the training of individuals who wish to gain competence and progress from Student Member to Advanced Student Member of the BLI and then to become Members of the Master Locksmiths Association, or to gain a certificate in locksmithing. It is for individual members who wish to be part of a professional body, who meet the Association’s requirements for membership and, as stated above, it has two levels of membership.
Student category is for persons sixteen and over who are studying for the Institute’s Entry Examination. They should be receiving, or intend to receive, adequate practical training as locksmiths.
Advanced Student is for persons aged 16 and over, who have served at least twelve months in the locksmiths trade and intend to study for the British Locksmiths Institute Examination. They should have received or be receiving adequate practical training as locksmiths and to have passed the Entry Examination. Advanced Student is the highest category of membership of the British Locksmiths Institute.
A person can only hold the classification of Advanced Student for four full calendar years, during which time that person should pass the BLI Examination. A success in the BLI Examination awards a entitles that person to become a Personal Member of the MLA and to work towards the Institute’s most prestigious award – Fellow of the British Locksmiths Institute.
This Sector is for trading companies and individual and, therefore, has two distinct levels; Approved Company and Personal Membership
PERSONAL Membership is only for individuals who wish to belong to a professional organisation and who are employed by others or individuals who own their own locksmithing business, which has been assessed as a MLA Approved Company, and also wish to retain their personal membership. In all cases the individual must have successfully taken the relevant BLI Examination.
To become a Personal Member of the Master Locksmiths Association, the locksmith must have first passed the BLI Examination – a rigorous test of both locksmithing knowledge and practical skill. The most prestigious title is Fellow of the BLI - this examination tests the locksmiths skill to the utmost.;
APPROVED COMPANY Membership is awarded to those companies having successfully undergone an inspection by the Association’s Inspectorate. All Approved Companies are permitted to display the MLA Approved Company logo on any advertisement, letterhead or other media displaying the company name. This is the `trading’ sector of the Association and its membership is promoted to the public, police, insurers, Government and all potential customers.
The Affiliate Members
This Sector is for Companies, Manufacturers and/or Distributors of materials, equipment or services to, or in connection with, the locksmithing industry and who wish to support the Aims and Objectives of the Association.
AFFILIATE MEMBER This category is available to Companies, Manufacturers and/or Distributors of materials. equipment or services to, or in connection with, the locksmithing industry and who wish to support the Aims and Objectives of the Association. Membership can only be awarded to Trading Names/Companies and not to Groups or Holding Companies. A representative must be nominated; this representative having one vote on behalf of the Affiliate. All communications will normally be directed to the representative. Applicants are required to complete the relevant application forms. Affiliates will be authorised to display the MLA Affiliate member Logo on any advertisement, letterhead or other media displaying the Affiliate’s name.
The MLA Affiliate Division includes such well-known names as Mul-T-Lock, Yale, Union, Era, Abloy, Banham and Bramah. In May 1992, following a number of requests, the MLA’s rules were amended to allow companies connected with the Locksmith industry, as opposed to directly involved with it, to become Affiliate Members – thus companies such as insurance companies etc, now join the Affiliate Division and benefit from the expert advice that is available from the nation’s Locksmithing professionals.
The Guild of Keycutters
Many keycutting outlets wish to be part of a recognised body; in order to meet this need, the Guild of Keycutters was formed as separate sector within the MLA. A prime objective of membership of the Sector is the promotion of improved standards in the keycutting industry through professionalism and training.