What is MLA?
The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is a non-profit making body; established to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing. It also encourages its members to further their knowledge through ongoing education, regional meetings, seminars and the information disseminated through its membership magazine Keyways.
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.
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 world-wide.
Authoritative body for UK locksmithing by: –
- The Police – many forces will encourage those in need of a locksmith to use MLA Trade Division members.
- 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 – the MLA supplies a panel of its members to assess locks under BS3621 clauses 4 and I 0 on their behalf.
- Risk Insight Strategy and Control Authority (RISCAuthority), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and many other trade and professional bodies all acknowledge the MLA as the authoritative body in its’ field.
- The European Locksmiths Federation (www.eurolockfed.com); where the MLA represents the UK locksmithing industry.
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. More details can be obtained at www.soldsecure.com.
Locksmith training courses are run by the MLA at our headquarters in Woodford Halse, where we run course ranging from a locksmith apprenticeship, our new 1 day/2day and 5 day modular courses are aimed at beginners new to industry to a course on smart security for locksmiths wishing to expand their services.
We also run the MLA Expo – Europe’s largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition and takes place at the Telford International Centre over the course of 3 days.