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Below are questions we regularly get asked about our training courses by anyone looking to start their career as a locksmith.
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We recommend our 5-day beginners course, although if you want a quick taster our 1-day novice courses are a great starting block.
We have had plenty of women attend our training courses before.
Currently, we have numerous MLA Approved Companies owned and run by female locksmiths!
In-fact one of our previous presidents of the association was Val Stokes, owner of Dennis Security.
There is a maximum of 10 students per course with two tutors on hand to teach.
As locksmithing is a hands-on job, online training is difficult to provide in this technical area. A lot of knowledge is gained by touch and feel and this, of course, can’t be delivered via an online medium.
A large amount of time spent on our courses see students working on locks on-site at our training headquarters.
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The nearest Airport to Rugby is Birmingham (BHX) which is 20 miles away.
We are happy to provide a list of hotels nearby contact us for this list.
Our courses only take place here in Rugby, Warwickshire, although we do run a selection of training classes at regional meetings.
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For all upcoming course dates please see course calendar.
Yes! There are various options available for those attending any of our courses.
Course attendees can setup a payment plan, where all we require is your course to be paid in full one month before the start date.
Payment MethodsWe offer the following payment methods:
Training fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (except in extenuating circumstances), see our terms & conditions here.
For full details of prices please see our training page for dates and prices.
Our 5-day beginner’s course is £1660 Inc VAT for Non-Members, and £1525 inc VAT for MLA Members.
For the reduced membership price and joining the MLA please see our how to join page.
For discounts see our course offers here.
As we’re a not-for-profit organisation, sadly we cannot, BUT reduced prices are available if you join the MLA – anyone new to the industry usually start out as a ‘Student Member’ of the MLA.
Sadly do not accept enhanced learning credits (ELC).
Bookings are non-transferable/ non-cancellable unless there are extenuating circumstances.
If you’re looking at taking any of the 3 optional modules (Fitting, UPVC & Opening) you’ll need to bring some basic tools – something that we can send you a list of, upon application.
We don’t include tools in our training as the tools you’ll need will depend on the work you do and also geographical location. Also, a lot of basic tools you can make yourself.
We can provide details of suppliers who offer tool discounts, should you become a member in the future.
Accommodation is not included in the price, however, details of accommodation in the local area can be provided on request by contacting us
The National Careers Service reports that average earnings in the UK are around £25,000 pa. It’s hard to quantify self-employed locksmiths, but the figure’s likely to be considerably more, depending on hours worked, services offered, local competition etc.
This is a question we regularly get asked, and is a topic we have covered in depth on this page regarding earning 60-100k a year as a locksmith.
Upon attending MLA locksmith training you get a certificate of attendance after each training module.
Those who pass the MLA Exam will receive an Official OFQUAL Level 4 qualification in locksmithing and the recognition of being able to become a Qualified Master Locksmith member of the association.
Pass the MLA Exam for a OFQAL Level 4 Qualification in Locksmithing
For more information on locksmith qualifications please see our qualification advice page.
There are no requirements at all.
We certainly do – as a member of the MLA, there’s the opportunity to attend regional meetings to assist with your career development and even your business start-up as well. We even offer Marketing + SEO tips for locksmiths in our monthly newsletter.
Members can also join the MLA forum or join our MLA Members Only Facebook group. Both are a great resource to anyone new to the industry, where members with over 50 years experience in the industry are available to answer questions.
While the course is comprehensive, like any hands-on career, you’d need to gain some on the job experience alongside what you have learnt on any course.
Typically, it can take up to 3 years to become a competent locksmith although you’ll never stop learning!
Yes, you can. Most of our students learn on the job and start on small projects and gradually work their way up.
We’re not, however, going to promise loads of work – it’ll be down to you to establish your customer base and build your business.
Recommended reading: Locksmith career guide – 10 quick tips
We offer advanced courses if you wish to specialise in a specific area – these include growing areas within the industry, such as bench locksmithing, APG & aluminium doors, furniture locks and security safes.
You can become an MLA Approved Company and use the MLA logo and be featured on our website – you will need to have a good amount of experience & knowledge, pass the MLA Exam ( 1 part written/3 part practical ), and pass the inspection.
Yes, our 1 day auto locksmith course will teach you how to pick vehicle locks, open locked car doors to learning about vehicle locks.
We also run a 2-day safe opening & opening course for those wishing to offer a safe service as part of their business, a lot of people often lose the key or code to a security safe, and will need a locksmith offering a service.
For those who have a little more experience in the industry, there are advanced courses which cover 5 modules, these include a level 2 opening course & module on furniture locks.
Our 1 day van lock fitting course is perfect if wish to add fitting van locks to your business.
For further information about our training to become a locksmith or to request a free course pack please contact us below:
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Courses we currently offer include:
11-12 Dec 2023
11/12/2023 to 12/12/2023
Member Price: £585 | Non-Member Price: £645
Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF
11 - 15 Dec 2023
11/12/2023 to 15/12/2023
Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660
13 Dec 2023
Member Price: £295 | Non-Member Price: £320
14 Dec 2023
Member Price: £350 | Non-Member Price: £375
15 Dec 2023
20 Jan 2024
5-6 Feb 2024
05/02/2024 to 06/02/2024
5-9 Feb 2024
05/02/2024 to 09/02/2024
7 Feb 2024
8 Feb 2024
9 Feb 2024
18-19 Mar 2024
18/03/2024 to 19/03/2024
18-22 Mar 2024
18/03/2024 to 22/03/2024
20 Mar 2024
21 Mar 2024
22 Mar 2024
22-26 Apr 2024
22/04/2024 to 26/04/2024
22-23 Apr 2024
22/04/2024 to 23/04/2024
24 Apr 2024
25 Apr 2024
24 Feb 2024
Member Price: £399 | Non-Member Price: £449
1 Mar 2024
Member Price: £199 | Non-Member Price: £229
16 Mar 2024
Member Price: £295 | Non-Member Price: £395
25 Mar 2024
Member Price: £295
19 Apr 2024
15 Jun 2024
20 Jun 2024
Member Price: £250 | Non-Member Price: £295
5 Jul 2024
26 Jul 2024
21 Sep 2024
25 Sep 2024
12 Oct 2024
1 Nov 2024
2 Nov 2024
9 Nov 2024
5 Oct 2024
30 Jan 2024
Member Price: £234 | Non-Member Price: £288
17–18 Feb 2024
17/02/2024 to 18/02/2024
Member Price: £572 | Non-Member Price: £868
10 Apr 2024
Member Price: £436 | Non-Member Price: £616
11-12 May 2024
11/05/2024 to 12/05/2024
7 Sep 2024
14-15 Nov 2024
14/11/2024 to 15/11/2024
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