The Master Locksmith Association, the largest locksmithing association in the UK, was delighted with the reception to the launch of its “Registered Locksmith” Category of membership held at The Locksmiths Exhibition in Nottingham on the 1st of March 2012.
The “Registered Locksmith” category is for those locksmiths who want to join as personal members and have been trading as full time locksmiths for 3 years or more. Trade references confirming this will be required (one from a supplier and one from a fellow locksmith) and a satisfactory CRB check will also be required.
The standard MLA application process (consisting of all applications going into the MLA’s Journal Keyways and being signed off by the board of directors) will then be followed and once the application has been approved then those joining will be able to enjoy the significant benefits that personal membership brings including:-
- ID Card
- Free copy of Keyways(the MLA’s Journal)
- Attendance at Regional Meetings
- Access to the MLA forum
- Discounted MLA training & exams
- Supplier Discounts
- Significant vehicle discounts
- Payment processing deals
- Specialist & Discounted Insurance
- Various other discounted services
Similar to some other personal membership categories this is non voting, and use of the logo or claims of membership will not be permitted in marketing material.
Those wishing to progress to gain full benefits of using the logo and promotion on the MLA site etc will have the opportunity to find out more about the qualification and inspection requirements associated with advancing to become an MLA Approved Company.
As a launch special, those who signed up and pay their joining fee on the day at Nottingham will recieve a free CRB check. With over 30 having signed up over the 2 days , and more interest being shown subsequent to the show the category seems to have proved a hit.