MLA London Region Event includes Training & Exhibition

MLA London Region Meeting image

It’s an action-packed AGM this year as it takes place during the London Region weekend! You may have always wondered how to programme car keys. Perhaps your keen on gaining the BLI qualification, but are worried that you won’t pass the exam. Then, not to worry, there’s a seminar for you. Or if you just fancy the dinner and dance, then why not head on down to this year’s AGM!

The MLA London Region will next be held on the weekend of 16th – 17th May and will include 10 different training classes, a exhibition ( currently 17 exhibitors ) and a banquet to round up the weekend. This event is open to MLA Members and NON Members, although to attend training courses attendees will be require to hold a current DBS.

Event Details:

MLA London Region & AGM
Venue: MERCURE HOTEL, Tylers Way, A41 Watford Bypass, Watford WD25 8JH
Date: Sat 16th May – Sun 17th May 2015
Details: 10 Training Classes, Exhibitors with 17 Exhibitions and Banquet


Training Classes:

Saturday 16th May

17th May Locksmith Training Classes image

Restricted classes are restricted to MLA members & those non-members who hold a current DBS (CRB) Check

Class SA1: 10.00 – 11.30 Working with furniture locks. SOLD OUT

How to identify & source some of the more unusual types of locks. Hints & tips on openings, repairs, core removal etc. Obtaining spares from manufacturers. Code key cutting, how to cross reference & obtaining codes that are not on the key machine programmes. Master keys, pass keys, wrong codes etc.

TUTOR: Peter Wosahlo. Having been a locksmith for over 40 years, Peter`s enthusiasm for the trade is as strong as ever & he will try to impart some of the many tips he has picked up over the years.

Class SA2 11.00 – 12.00 Lock Decoders

Topical developments in the auto locksmith sector. This progressive company will be passing on their knowledge regarding the latest equipment.

Class SA3 11.00 – 12.30 Auto picks & de-coding. ** Restricted

How to identify the type of pick from make, model & year of vehicle. Lock de-coding, picking, Over-lifting & jiggling. Dedicated tools. This class will look at the scenario of a car & go through the procedures of producing a working key.

Keyprint (2 lecturers) Keyprint are experts at lock/vehicle tools. This class should be attended with class SA6 by all those engineers wishing to enter the auto market.

Class SA4 12.00 – 2.00 Mechanical digital locks *** restricted SOLD OUT

This class will cover the most common types of mechanical digital locks that you all encounter.

Servicing the locks, finding lost codes as well as opening techniques, this class will be invaluable to those looking to start this type of work or expand existing skills.

TUTOR: Gary Eckersall & Simon Griffiths. Both Gary & Simon are MLA lecturers with many years experience and we thank them for agreeing to “come south” to pass on their vast knowledge.

Class SA5 1.30 – 3.30 Understanding safe combination locks. ** restricted

This class will cover the construction of the lock, servicing, repairs, setting & changing the code.

Fault finding and basic manipulation. This class will be hands on so will be invaluable to all but the most experienced safe engineers

TUTOR: Nigel Frankland. Nigel has been a safe engineer all his life so is an expert in his field. He still finds the work rewarding and is prepared to share his knowledge with other members.

Class SA6 2.00 – 3.30 Auto Transponder programming. ** restricted

This will cover key cutting, programming, cloning & transponder types. This class will compliment class SA 3 for anyone wishing to enter the ever changing world of auto locksmithing.

TUTOR: Keyprint. 2 lecturers.

Sunday 17th May

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Class SU1 10.00 – 11.00 How to pass the BLI exams.

This will cover both the entrance exam and the full BLI exam. What to expect and what the examiners are looking for. Examples of possible questions asked.

Class SU2 11.30 – 12.30 Cutting a 110 key to the lock (for the MLA exam)

Gary will demonstrate the cutting of the key & explain what the examiners will be looking for. These classes will be of great benefit if you are thinking of taking either of the exams.

TUTOR: Gary Eckersall. Gary has been giving these classes for 15 years and students have always found them very beneficial.

If there is sufficient interest, you can take the entrance exam or the written part of the full exam after these classes. Please speak to HQ.

Class SU3 10.00 -11.30 Opening locks by destructive procedures ** restricted

This class will look at the locking systems for UPVC & wooden doors on domestic & commercial.

To effect entry by destructive means but with the minimum of damage. Pin tumbler & mortice incl BS. Relevant tools.

TUTOR: Keyprint. 2 lecturers

Class SU4 12.30 – 2.00 Opening locks by non-destructive procedures ** restricted

This will class cover non-destructive means of entry to pin tumbler & mortice incl BS.Picking tools, lock bypass techniques, lever lock de-coding & key production.

TUTOR: Keyprint. 2 lecturers



Entry is free of charge but we ask that you please pre-register to save time on the day. Everyone will be issued with a badge.

Time:  Saturday 16th May 10.00 – 16.00 & Sunday 17th May 10.00 – 14.00

We have 17 companies exhibiting:

Aldridge-Security-Logo-LRAldridge Security

Burton-Safes-Logo-LRBurton Safes



Hickleys Small Logo imageHickleys

Hoppe Small logo imageHoppe

Hughes wholesale small logo imageHughes Wholesale

Small Kaba Logo ImageKaba

Keyprint small logo imageKeyprint

Lockdecoders Small logo imageLockDecoders

Mul-T-Lock small logo image


Nigel Rose Marketing Small LogoNigel Rose M.S

Small Securikey Logo imageSecurikey

Small Silca LogoSilca

Small SKS Logo imageSKS

Small Sterling Logo imageSterling Locks

Small Lockey Logo imageTotal Products

Small Yale Logo image Yale

Banquet, Dinner and Dance:


Date: Saturday evening
Venue: To be held in the Ballroom

Pre-dinner drinks 7.30pm and Dinner 8.00pm

  • Live Music. Band On The Run
  • Grand Raffle Prizes: to include £1000 holiday voucher, Smart TV 42”, Tom Tom Sat Nav, Kindle & Many more
  • Dress: Smart casual but for those that like to dress up then please go ahead.



Location: Mercure Hotel, Tylers Way, A41 Watford Bypass, Watford WD25 8JH
Phone: 0844 815 9056 Option 3 (conferencing Monday – Friday)

Hotel Booking:

We have reserved rooms at the preferential rate of £75.00 per room B&B either single or double occupancy but you must speak to the conferencing staff and quote Master Locksmith Association.

  • The Mercure is a 4* hotel with swimming pool & health club.
  • All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi, toiletries & hairdryer.
  • Free parking at the hotel.
  • Watford Harlequin shopping Centre is a short taxi drive which will be easier than trying to park in Watford and The Warner Bros Studio is only 3 miles away for the Harry Potter Experience.


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