About the MLA
The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is the leading trade association for the locksmithing industry. A truly not-for-profit organisation promoting the skill and integrity of its approximately 1,400 members, it was established 50 years ago to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing. Recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police, home office, British Standards Institute (BSI), RISCAuthority and Building Research Establishment (BRE), the MLA also has a subsidiary company, Sold Secure, which performs certification of security products via manual attack testing.
MLA member companies, who undergo strict vetting (including criminal record checks, regular inspections to ensure quality etc), are able to provide advice based on knowledge and experience, recommend products that are fit for purpose as well as provide professional installation and maintenance services. Details on your nearest MLA approved company can be found on our website www.locksmiths.co.uk or following the MLA on Twitter @MLA_locksmiths
The MLA, a City & Guilds and HABC approved centre, also provides training from its purpose built training facility based at the company headquarters in Daventry, consisting of a classroom type environment for theory work and fully equipped workshop for the hands-on practical elements (N.B. due to the content of some courses they may only be open to MLA members). Courses currently include general locksmithing; opening; access control, safe engineering and Auto Locksmithing, with others currently under development.
The MLA also run Europe’s largest locksmith exhibition - MLA Expo, an event that sees all the main players in the industry come together to show their latest products, more recently has been the addition of “THE GARAGE” - a Auto Locksmithing exhibition area which makes it debut in 2017. It’s an event that Sold Secure exhibit at too.
Whilst owned by the MLA, Sold Secure is run completely independently with it’s own board of directors and own premises.