Cost: Member Price: £452 | Non-Member Price: £748
Location: Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF
Why Take the MLA Exam?
Pass the MLA Exam & become a Qualified Master Locksmith Member (QML).
Further progression enables members to become a full MLA Approved Locksmith with approved company membership.
Have a question? See our MLA Exam page here which is full of answers to popular questions we get asked.
The MLA Modular Exam consists of 4 modules:
- First day: Written (50 questions), Fitting (a euro mortice deadlock to a door)
- Second day:
Open a Bs 5 Lever Mortice Lock
Key cutting by hand
MLA Exam With Coaching
MLA Member: £113.00 PER MODULE
Non Member: £187.00 PER MODULE
Students can take ONE MODULE AT A TIME.
MLA Exam FAQ’s
The examination will consist of 4 elements:-
1. WRITTEN PAPER
TIME ALLOWED: ONE HOUR
The written paper will comprise of 50 questions in a combination of short answer and essay style. (Some questions may require a sketch).
The questions will be a broad spectrum of locksmithing, including safes, access control and lever and pin tumbler mechanisms.
This paper only may be taken at a regional meeting, at the discretion of the examination board and by prior arrangement with Headquarters.
2. OPEN A BS 5 LEVER MORTICE LOCK AT A WORKSTATION
TIME ALLOWED: ¾ HOUR
The above lock will be one in common use and can be opened by drilling or manipulation.
If opened by drilling, then a 7-8mm hole is allowed and you’ll need to identify the lock as well in order to pass.
If you drill a 6mm hole then you can pass without having to identify the lock.
Marks will be awarded for correct identification together with the level of skill demonstrated.
3. FIT A EURO MORTICE DEADLOCK TO A DOOR
TIME ALLOWED: 1.75 HOUR
You will be required to fit a Euro Cylinder Operated Deadlock with Security Escutcheons and Box Striker to a door.
This is a test of your carpentry skills and lock-fitting jigs will not be allowed.
Please be aware striker plate must be fully fitted in order to pass.
Marks will be awarded according to the level of skill demonstrated.
N.B. The relevant Personal Protective Equipment must be worn.
4. CUT A STEPPED (LEVER) KEY
KEY TIME ALLOWED: ONE HOUR
This is a test of bench skills i.e. using hand tools, not machines.
- Key and lever reading type gauges (e.g depth keys or step gauges) are not allowed although vernier calipers can be used.
- You will be required to make a key to a detainer lock on the bench.
- Basic facilities are available, such as vices and blanks but you are to provide the hand tools required to complete the task.
- Your key must be of sufficient standard to operate the lock using your usual method of finishing.
- The lock must work with the original key on completion.
- Your step cuts and spacing must be a faithful reproduction of the manufacturers’ original with particular regard to stepped heights, spacing, finish and radius.
Questions About MLA Exam
Can I take one Module at a time?
Yes, you can sit one module at a time, or all the modules at once, it is completely up to you how many modules you want to sit in one go.
Is the MLA Exam for a lifetime Award?
Yes once taken and passed you DO NOT have to take the exam ever again.