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Reasons to Choose an MLA Qualified Locksmith

22/04/2022 Phil master locksmith association certificate

Since 2020, Phil Tucker (the ‘PT’ in PT Lock & Safe) has been a Master Locksmiths Association qualified Master Locksmith.

Unfortunately, there is no official register of locksmiths. You don’t have to pass any exams or prove any eptitude in order to declare yourself a locksmith. This is why cowboy locksmiths get featured on programmes like Rogue Traders for turning up with a drill, destroying a door mechanism and overcharging by hundreds of pounds.

The Master Locksmiths Association is the UK’s largest locksmith association and was formed by fair-minded locksmiths who wanted an accreditation that proved to customers that they were getting a qualified professional at a reasonable price.

In order to become a Qualified Master Locksmith, you have to prove competence in all areas of locksmithing by passing the MLA Exam. This consists of 4 modules: a written exam module & 3 practical exam modules. You also have to be vetted to show you have no history of criminality and submit to regular inspections of your company.

All-in-all, customers are clearly better off choosing an MLA qualified locksmith for the following reasons:

  • You know that you are getting a qualified locksmith who has undergone strict vetting and regular inspections.
  • Members have to be up-to-date with the latest industry developments.
  • Members will demonstrate appropriate standards of conduct, practice and materials.
  • MLA’s licensing scheme, in the absence of government-based licensing, will give you peace of mind and an organisation to contact for redress if there is a fault with any work undertaken.

For more information about our locksmith services, please get in touch. You can call us on 01603 812613 or email