We are MLA (Master Locksmith Association) members as so:
MLA General Locksmiths are not just assessed for adequate training and competence, all members are also vetted via criminal record checks, DBS and their insurance is checked as current and adequate for the services they offer you the customer .
Many trading locksmiths advertise services they are not properly skilled or insured to offer, this is due to lack of legislation and regulation in the locksmith industry in the uk, many offer cash in hand services part time around a job, others just glean some info and tools from online forums and offer a service they are not insured or qualified to offer .
The problem for the customer is knowing how to seperate the real locksmiths from the rest, this is difficult as all ads claim to be locksmiths, although many good locksmiths do exist that are not affiliated to any organisation, there also exists a large number of uninsured and unskilled rogues trading and advertising in this unregulated industry.
In Picking an MLA member, you eliminate the risk of getting caught out and remove the hard job of separating the good from the bad and the real from the fake locksmiths out there, MLA members are all properly insured, vetted and competency checked, meaning you the customer get the skilled tradesmen you are paying for without the risk.