Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)

Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)
1 Prospect Park
Valley Drive
Rugby Warwickshire CV21 1TF
United Kingdom


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 members, it was established over 60 years ago to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing, and is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police, home office, British Standards Institute (BSI), The Risk Insight, Strategy and Control Authority – RISCAuthority (formally IPCRes, the UK property insurers’ technical group) amongst many others.

MLA member companies, who undergo strict vetting (including criminal record checks following the change in the law led by the MLA whereby the association was added to the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, following a debate in the House of Commons and House of Lords), 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

The MLA, a ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment) approved centre, also provides training from its purpose built training facility based at the company headquarters in Rugby, 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 many more besides.

The MLA is also the UK representative on the European Locksmiths Federation and is also a corporate affiliate member of the Trading Standards Institute.

Sold Secure, a wholly owned subsidiary of the MLA, is a company dedicated to reducing the risk of crime by the assessment of security products through manual attack testing. 

The scheme has close ties with a number of constabularies and insurers who provide regular information regarding the methods of theft and the tools utilised by criminals in their areas. This helps to maintain up to date specifications and means security products can be assessed in the light of the risk they are likely to encounter when in use. Now products are tested by a highly motivated team of professional locksmiths under the direction of a small board of directors who meet on a regular basis to administer the scheme and move the process forward in keeping with modern theft methods.

Manufacturers and suppliers can apply to have their products approved by Sold Secure. Products which have been satisfactorily assessed may bear the coveted Sold Secure Approved quality mark. Information on these approved products is circulated by Sold Secure to police crime prevention officers, insurance companies, the media, the Home Office and the public, and is available free to those who require it in the form of the Approved Products Catalogue or via the Sold Secure website