If you need to hire a locksmith you may be wondering how to choose one that you can trust. The best option is always going to be to choose an MLA approved locksmith. Why is this the case? And what exactly is an MLA approved locksmith? Let’s look more closely at what this means and why you should opt for this solution.

What Is An MLA Approved Locksmith?

An MLA Approved Locksmith is a professional who is a member of the MLA (Master Locksmiths Association). Although any locksmith may give themselves the title of Master Locksmith, not every locksmith is able to say that they are MLA approved or Master Locksmith MLA qualified. A Qualified Master Locksmith who is an MLA member will have passed a proof of competence MLA exam, and if they are self-employed they are almost certainly to be an MLA Approved Company.

Why Is Membership Of The Master Locksmiths Association So Important?

The MLA is recognised by many important organisations as the authoritative locksmithing body. The Home Office, many police divisions, the BSI (British Standards Institute), The RISC Authority (the UK property insurers’ technical group), The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network and the BRE (Building Research Establishment) all hold the MLA in high esteem.

Vetted And DBS Checked

When you use an MLA approved locksmith, you can be certain that you’re choosing a professional who is DBS checked. Locksmiths can only obtain a criminal record check through obtaining MLA membership so you can be completely confident that the locksmith who is coming to your home or business has been rigorously vetted and proven to be reliable and trustworthy.

Regularly Inspected For Quality

All MLA approved locksmiths are regularly inspected to ensure that they maintain their high standards of administration and workmanship. In order to retain MLA membership a locksmith must confirm to the organisation’s legal requirements and there are customer charters in place to ensure that customers are completely satisfied with their work. MLA approved locksmiths also undergo ongoing training to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest techniques and competent in all their skills.

Highly Qualified And Licensed

An MLA approved locksmith will have passed the in-depth MLA Exam which consists of three practical and one written exam modules. In order to pass this rigorous exam, a locksmith must display a range of skills, and they must have gained a pass in order to become a Qualified Master Locksmith – a requirement for becoming an MLA Approved Company. Since the government does not license locksmiths, the MLA execute their own licensing system and this gives you complete peace of mind in the competence and professionalism of the locksmith that you have selected.

Finding An MLA Approved Locksmith

As you can see, there are many advantages to using the services of an MLA Approved locksmith to carry out work on your property. As an MLA Approved Company member, employing Qualified Master Locksmith members, we’re on hand to help you with your locksmithing needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us.