A master locksmith is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, or MLA. When locked out of home or changing the locks after moving house, choosing a locksmith who is MLA-approved will give you the peace of mind that you are working with an experienced professional you can trust.
What is an MLA-approved locksmith?
Unlike other security industry professionals like door staff and keyholding companies, those working in the locksmith industry are not government regulated. As a result, anyone can trade as a locksmith regardless of their background or qualifications.
There are 6,500 unlicensed locksmiths trading in the UK, and approximately 400 MLA-approved locksmiths – so it’s important to check that the locksmith you hire works for an MLA-approved company.
What is the difference between a locksmith and a master locksmith?
To be approved as a master locksmith, a locksmith has to be vetted and inspected by the MLA, and demonstrate suitable qualifications.
Unlike an unlicensed locksmith, a master locksmith will be;
- Vetted – Master locksmiths undergo a full criminal record background check. The MLA carries out standard level DBS checks on all its members.
- Inspected – Master locksmiths are regularly visited by a team of MLA inspectors who check the standard of work being completed by the company.
- Qualified – To ensure master locksmiths have the necessary skills, they are required to have passed an industry-recognised qualification proving their competence.
All master locksmiths also carry an MLA ID card, demonstrating that they have met the strict criteria of the Master Locksmiths Association. This provides customers with instant peace of mind that the locksmith they have hired is fully approved.
Why is a master locksmith better than an unlicensed locksmith?
When trusting someone with the security of your property, it’s essential to know that your home or business is in safe hands. Hiring a master locksmith means you can feel confident that they have been fully vetted, removing any safety concerns, and that their work is regularly inspected.
You also know that a MLA-approved locksmith has passed an industry-approved exam, unlike unlicensed locksmiths who aren’t required to hold any qualifications. Individual members of the Master Locksmiths Association must pass the MLA exam to be awarded Qualified Master Locksmith status (QML). MLA-approved companies must also hold QML status.
The exam consists of a written module plus three practical exams and ensures that master locksmiths have the skills and expertise to meet the standards of workmanship required by the MLA. Unlicensed locksmiths do not sit this exam and can operate without any industry-approved qualifications.
Using the MLA database to search for a locksmith is the best way to ensure that the person or company you are hiring is competent and reliable. The MLA also produces a price guide each year to help consumers understand the average cost of locksmith jobs and ensure they pay a fair rate for a locksmith.
Your local Leicestershire MLA-approved company
All Masons Locksmiths is proud to be an MLA-approved company – one of around 400 in the UK. For lock repairs, an emergency lock change, or help in a hurry when you have been locked out, call us on 01858 680 746 for a fast response from our friendly team. In an emergency, call our 24 hour line on 07875 161 217.