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There are several myths circulating about the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) & how we operate such as we charge our locksmiths thousands of pounds to join, we make locksmiths buy tools from us or we tell members how much they should charge for jobs.
None of these rumours are true, however we understand they can be concerning for anyone who is thinking about joining the Association.
Our myth-buster guide below addresses some of these common misconceptions:
Membership pricing is no secret, we’re clear and transparent regarding any fees associated with membership.
Information about joining the MLA is easily accessible on our membership page, and we’re happy to share:
For details about MLA membership, see below:
We do not sell locksmith tools to those attending our locksmith courses.
As of late 2020, the addition of our Auto locksmithing course offers the option for individuals to purchase picks or bring their own, picks can be purchased directly from Keyprint at a special rate.
In 2021 we saw the addition of the 7-lever safe lock opening course, like the auto course, there’s an option to purchase picks at a discounted price.
These picks aren’t sold by the MLA but are offered at cost price by Safe Ventures whose MD Darren Foreman is the primary tutor for the course.
This is false, we have never told members what to charge for locksmith jobs, and not only would we not want this to happen, this would be illegal as it would be considered price fixing.
Your business is your business and as long as you charge in line with any quotes or agreements made with customers, we’re happy.
The locksmith price list on our site is a guide, as clearly stated.
Prices have been put together based on prices from members across the country and give an average cost for a job, this guide is based on members telling us what they charge for the jobs – not the other way around!
Our price guide also clearly stated that there are many factors involved with pricing such as quality of materials and the exact location of the job.
The MLA takes NO fee for jobs booked via the MLA website.
All Locksmiths listings on the MLA website are covered by the membership fee.
There are no other costs associated with jobs booked via the MLA site (or indeed through MLA membership in any way), any work secured via the website/membership is 100% yours.
The MLA takes no fee from work gained through our locksmith listings.
The MLA website has grown year-on-year. During 2020 we had over 1 million unique visitors to the site looking for a locksmith in their area & locksmith advice.
In addition to the web presence itself, our website provides various ways for users to contact our members.
We were delighted to see the following from our web statistics.
Another rumour is the MLA have spend 10’s of thousands of pounds a year just to appear on tv shows like Rogue traders, gadget show, Rip off Britain etc.
This is false, we have never spent a penny on TV appearances, on all occasions we were contacted directly to support as we are and will continue to be the leading association for locksmiths in the UK.
If you are interested in joining the UK’s largest locksmith association, contact us below for more info:
01327 262 255
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