What is the MLA and what does the association do?


At Associated Security, we’re proud to be a part of the MLA, but what exactly is the MLA and how does it benefit you as our customer? Read on to find out more.

The MLA stands for the Master Locksmiths Association, the largest locksmiths association in the UK.

MLA members are independently vetted and inspected and must be fully qualified locksmiths, capable of meeting several standards. MLA membership provides peace of mind for businesses and consumers, so you can rest assured that your locksmith is qualified and that your security is in safe, capable hands.

Here at Associated Security, you’ll be pleased to know that all of our locksmiths and engineers are MLA approved, which means you can rest assured that the quality of our work will be second to none.

Who are the MLA and what do they do? 

The MLA are a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1958 and has developed their own licensing scheme in which companies who are approved are vetted, undergo regular inspections to ensure that quality is consistently maintained and employ locksmiths who hold exam based qualifications.

In doing all of this, it guarantees that by using an MLA approved locksmith or an MLA approved company, it guarantees that the locksmith or company has the correct qualifications and skills, providing peace of mind that the required job will be completed to the highest standards.

The association was established over 50 years ago they have become the leading trade association for locksmiths. Their high standards and promotion of valuable skillsets and ethics within the industry reflects their motto of “skill and integrity”.

The MLA is recognised by several national government institutions including the Home Office, police forces, RISC authority, building research establishment British Standard Institute and the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Networks. 

Trusted MLA approved engineers up and down the country 

Associated Security are proud to be a part of this association and offer our skills to our customers and client’s across the country. We ensure that all of our engineers are MLA approved, ensuring that each job is completed to uphold the distinction of quality we strive to achieve.

Find out more about the MLA and the accredited locksmith providers that we work with or get in touch to discuss any requirements or assistance you may require, call us on 0161 832 2777.