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How Can I Join? – Become a Member of MLA

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), those already trading as locksmiths can 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.

1. Approved Company – use of MLA logo + featured on MLA website
2. Personal Memberships – new to industry or trading as a locksmith
3. Affiliate Membership – suppliers/manufacturers/distributors in the industry

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

1. Approved Company Membership (MLA)

This is for locksmith companies who want to use the MLA logo and be featured on our find a locksmith page, plus have you own locksmith page on our website.

Any Lock Any Time - Locksmith ErdingtonRequirements to join:

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


  • 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
  • Membership ID card
  • 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.

2. Personal Membership

Different categories of memberships suitable* for those who:

  • 1. Are interested in becoming a locksmith/undertaking training
  • 2. Already attended training and seeking MLA membership

*Your membership category will be assigned once the application form has been completed and sent to

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


  • Membership 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
  • Attended Members Only locksmith training and seminars at MLA Expo
  • Discounted training courses & exams
  • Discounted vehicles, insurance. credit card processing etc..

3. Affiliate Membership (MLA)

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.

Master Locksmiths Association Affiliate Member Logo MLA

Requirements to join:

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


  • 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.

The pack contains information on the benefits of becoming an Affiliate member plus prices of membership.

Become listed in the MLA Handbook

All Approved Companies and Affiliate Members are also listing in our yearly MLA Handbook.

This handbook is given out at trade shows to security companies, police organizations, 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:

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