Master Locksmiths Association

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Master Locksmiths Association
Master Locksmiths Association logo.jpg
Abbreviation MLA
Founded 1958
Type Trade association
Legal status Non-profit organisation
Focus Locksmithing
Headquarters Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northamptonshire
Area served
United Kingdom
Members
1400
Website www.locksmiths.co.uk

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is a not for profit trade association representing locksmiths in the United Kingdom. It operates a certification program and a referral program to direct consumers to its certified locksmiths. It was established in 1958[1] and has about 1,400 members.[citation needed]

Certification and referral[edit]

Locksmithing does not come under the Security Industry Authority, and there is no government licensing of locksmiths. This in effect means that anyone can trade as a locksmith irrespective of background, motive or competence. In 2009 it became possible to get a background check on a locksmith (unless employed full-time by a school/hospital etc.). This occurred when the Exceptions order for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was changed in July 2009 following debates in the House of Commons[2] and the House of Lords[3] whereby the MLA was added to the list enabling it to get standard level CRB disclosures.[4]

The MLA has its own non-governmental certification process whereby companies are vetted and regularly inspected.[1][5] It currently has about 350 Approved Companies, which can be found through its "Find a Locksmith" website referral program.[6]

Membership types[edit]

The MLA has four member sectors:[7]

  • The British Locksmiths Institute – for educational programs
  • The Membership sector – for personal and company memberships
  • The Affiliate membership sector – for manufacturers and distributors
  • The Guild of Keycutters – for the keycutting industry

The MLA offers three grades of individual membership – Student, Advanced Student and Personal.[7] It offers two types of organisation membership – Approved Company membership for locksmithing companies and Affiliate membership for manufacturers and distributors.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Find a Locksmith". Master Locksmiths Association official website. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  2. ^ Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons,. "House of Commons General Committee on Delegated Legislation". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  3. ^ Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords,. "Lords Hansard text for 29 Jun 200929 Jun 2009 (pt 0003)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  4. ^ "DN 78 Sep 09". 2010-03-04. Archived from the original on 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-07. 
  5. ^ "What is the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)?". Master Locksmiths Association official website. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Find a Master Locksmith Association approved company member". Master Locksmiths Association official website. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  7. ^ a b c "MLA Membership Sectors". Master Locksmiths Association official website. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 

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