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About Us – What is the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)?

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The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is the UK’s largest trade association for locksmiths & a non-profit making body; established to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing.

UK’s Largest Locksmith association

Standards of entry to the MLA are high and its motto of “Skill and Integrity” emphasise its determination to ensure that the public, government and industry receive the correct service and advice on security matters from its members.

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Founded in 1958

From a small friendly meeting of ‘like-minded’ locksmiths in London, it has evolved into the professional organisation that it is today.

The first meeting group instigated the embryonic Master Locksmiths Association in 1958 and in 1986 it became a limited company. 1994 saw a major restructure and now the membership is worldwide.

The MLA encourages its members to further their knowledge through ongoing education, regional meetings, seminars and the information disseminated through its membership magazine Keyways.

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Authoritative body for UK locksmithing by: –

The Police

  • Many forces will encourage those in need of a locksmith to use MLA Trade Division members.
  • Police Forces nationwide referring to the MLA for home security and to use an MLA approved locksmith include Met PoliceAskThePolice
  • Official Police Security Initiative Secured by Design

Neighbourhood Watch

Home Office

  • The MLA has been instrumental in campaigning for national standards in the locksmith industry and the regulation (through licensing) of the Private Security Industry.

British Standards Institute (BSI)

  • The MLA supplies a panel of its members to assess locks under BS3621 clauses 4 and I 0 on their behalf.

Other Trade and Professional Bodies 

  • Many other trades and professional bodies such as DHF,  RISCAuthority, Building Research Establishment (BRE) all acknowledge the MLA as the authoritative body in its’ field.

The European Locksmiths Federation

  • The MLA represents the UK locksmithing industry.

Training Courses

We run a range of locksmith training courses at our headquarters in Rugby, Warwickshire.

For those new to locksmithing, our are courses perfect for beginners with 4 different modules to attend our beginner’s programme.

The more experienced locksmith can attend 5 different advanced courses which are aimed at those looking to expand their services.  A recent addition to our classes has been a lock bumping master class.

Locksmith training courses

MLA Expo

We also run Europe’s largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition which takes place at the Telford International Centre over the course of 3 days, an event that occurs every two years.  The exhibition is for locksmiths and security professionals, with a dedicated Auto exhibition area for auto locksmiths where training and seminars take place.

MLA expo website

The MLA And Sold Secure

The MLA also owns Sold Secure an attack test house, certifying security products through attack testing. It operates its own scheme, which is recognised by the Home Office, insurers and police.

All testers are relevant industry experts and most are MLA members and the testing is to its’ own high specifications developed with the relevant industry bodies.

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We also run two groups on Facebook for trading locksmiths.

Why use a MLA Approved Locksmith?

All locksmith companies approved & licensed by Master Locksmiths Association are:

Vetted Locksmith
All our Master Locksmiths are criminal record checked


Our Locksmiths are criminal record checked.
How we check our locksmiths

Locksmith Inspection
All our Master Locksmiths are criminal record checked


Our Locksmiths are Regularly Inspected.
How we inspect our locksmiths

Locksmith Qualification
All our Master Locksmiths are criminal record checked


Our Locksmiths have passed the MLA exam.
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