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Below are technical related training courses that took place at MLA Expo.

MLA Expo previously took place at the Telford International Centre from the 2nd to the 4th of October. Over the course of Expo over 40 training courses were on offer during the 3 days.


Electrical Safety – competence in connecting to a fused spur

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Course Tutor: Dave Stapleton – Dave Stapleton runs family owned and highly successful Stapleton Locks in Worksop.

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 10:30 – 14:00 (F6) with practical exam in the afternoon (won’t need to be in attendance for whole

Course Duration: All Day (although the afternoon you’ll only need to attend at a given time for the practical test)

Course Content:

What is covered on this training course?

  • Dangers of Electricity
  • The Laws affecting Locksmiths working with electricity
    Risk Assessment (samples & worked examples)
  • Selection of tools
  • Selection of equipment
  • Locking off & proving dead (theory & practical)
  • Installation of power supplies (theory & practical)

Practical Assessment After the full days course, you will be competent in the following areas:

  • Hands-on exposure on how to conduct a rigorous risk assessment
  • How to select the relevant tools/equipment for each project
  • Gain further clarity on the latest legislation for locksmiths working with electricity
  • Crucial real-life examples of when things go wrong and how you can mitigate potential electrical hazards for your customers
  • Installation of key power supplies
  • Coming into effect in July 2015, the amendment to standards BS7671:2008 will be discussed showing you how the installation of cables will change

Assessment and Course Notes:

The course will last a full day with the morning devoted to theory & the afternoon given over to the practical and the assessment. Working boards would be provided for delegates to work on and all the test equipment required. Full course notes will be supplied. About the Certificate The Certificate will be for successfully completing the course including a practical examination at the end. This will prove the applicant “Competent to Connect to a Fused Spur” which means that under the Electricity at Work Regs you will be deemed to be suitably qualified to carry out this work.

Course Price:
£130 incl VAT for MLA members
£190 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: limited to 20


Lock ID through the Keyhole

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Course Tutor: Simon Griffiths – Simon Griffiths joined the locksmith industry in 1979 and set up Holdfast Security Systems in 1989 with two of his brothers. Calling himself a “general locksmith” Simon is closely involved with the MLA in a number of capacities including being Northern Region Secretary and Editor of Keyways as well as a tutor on MLA courses.

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 10:30 – 11:30 (F7)

Course Duration: 1 Hour

Course Content:

Correct identification is essential for any locksmith wanting to open a mortice lock with the minimum of damage and this seminar contains a host of hints and tips on how to correctly identify a mortice lock when looking through the keyhole. Looking at methods of narrowing down a list of possibles the seminar will also have a brief overview of what to look for when the hole you’ve drilled doesn’t show what you expect!

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only
If not an MLA member, you will also need to provide a copy of a basic criminal record disclosure (or higher) that has been performed within the last 3 years.


British Standards (& Others) that Locksmiths need to know

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Course Tutor: Justin Freeman – Joined the MLA in September 2008 as Technical manager following.  20 years industry experience in various technical roles at Squire, Mul-T-Lock, Expresslock and Hoppe. Justin has worked on both manufacturing/production and management within the industry. Many UK locksmiths knew him before his role within the MLA.

In his role as Technical Manager Justin represents the MLA on 30+ committees for BSI and the likes, manages the GVA testing for testing done for BS3621 and writes/updates test specifications for Sold Secure.

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 14:30 – 15:30 (Sa14)

Course Duration: 1 Hour

Course Content:

  • Standards, what are they? Who uses them and why? How are they written and who by? How are they policed?
  • Third party accreditation, why is it needed?
  • Standards other than BSI, PAS 24, Sold Secure and other standards
  • Locksmith related standards, what standard fits what application?
  • Future standards and when they are due
  • Liability, what happens if?

Course Price:
FOC
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only


Fire Door hardware and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme

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Course Tutor: Neil Ashdown – Neil has worked in the door and timber industries throughout his career, most recently running his own businesses focusing on the sales of timber doors, joinery, loose timber and allied products, and the supply of non standard fire doors. He is a long-time member of the British Woodworking Federation and the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme. He has also achieved the FDIS Diploma in Fire Doors earlier this year – the diploma which he will now oversee.

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 16:00 – 17:00 (Sa18)

Course Duration: 1 Hour

Course Content:

While the Government tells us it is aiming to reduce regulations with initiatives like the Cabinet Office’s Red Tape Challenger, there is still so much legislation out there that it is difficult to keep on top of it all. Failure to comply can result in heavy fines or even a jail sentence so it is absolutely essential to not only know what rules you have to adhere to but also to have the practical and technical knowledge to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.

Take fire doors, an essential and potentially lifesaving part of any non-domestic building. If you’re a locksmith, chances are you will be called on to specify, alter or upgrade them at some point.

This is why learning more about fire doors through the Fire Door Inspection Scheme is vital.

Course Price:
FOC
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only


Elements of Lock Cylinder Design

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Course Tutor: Peter Field – Peter Field is Director of Research at Medeco Security Locks in Salem VA USA.

Peter started locksmithing in 1960 at the age of 12 while living in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.  He paid his way through college working part time for a large locksmith in Champaign Illinois. The lockshop covered a 50 mile radius serving Industrial, Commercial and Residential customers with solutions for doors, vehicles, safes, electronic access systems and alarms. Seven years after leaving the University, he was still working full time for the locksmith, and teaching classes for the local association.

In 1977 Medeco asked him to design and develop a training program for locksmiths to explain how to service a Medeco cylinder and to illustrate the differences between a high security lock and a common pin tumbler cylinder.  Peter joined Medeco as Training Instructor in 1978. Over the years his titles have changed to Director of Training, Technical Support Manager, Key Records Manager, Director of Training and Research, and Director of Research.  Peter has had twenty two US Patents issued pertaining to locks and has several more patents pending.

Peter is a life member of ALOA, a life member of The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, a member of the MLA UK and honorary member of several national European locksmith associations.  He has chaired the committee of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association that developed a national standard for High Security Cylinders.

Peter continues to develop and instruct classes about locks and to encourage other locksmiths to share their knowledge.  He is known for his ability to disassemble, cut open and photograph the insides of cylinders so that their operation can be clearly

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 14:30 – 17:00 (Sa16)

Course Duration: 2.5 Hours

Course Content:

The class is a 2.5 hour presentation where we will look at about 30 different lock cylinders from around the world and compare the elements that go together to make them “high security”.  These are the elements that a lock inventor or engineer choose, modify and arrange when they design new cylinders. It is not a hands-on class, but is a lecture type of class with photos of the cylinders and their components.  Most of the pictures are close-up photos of the cylinder parts, and there are macro-photography of cut-away cylinders to clearly show their operation.  After the class, a locksmith should be able to identify the various components in a lock cylinder, understand which elements of those components make one lock more secure than another, and be able analyze a new lock cylinder they have never seen before to determine its relative security value.

Usually this is presented as a full day class, but to fit into the schedule, it has been shortened to 2.5 hours.  Peter holds the copyright on all the photos used in the class, and plans someday to publish them in a book. He asks therefore that attendees do not take photographs of his work during the class.

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only.


Abrasive Wheel Certification

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Course Tutor: John Harding – John Harding has been in engineering one way or another since he left school in 1959. First as a Panel Beater, then working my way up to skilled compressor fitter after getting married and moving to Bristol in 1966. He managed a hand tools store for around 10 years in the 70s/80s, selling hand tools, cutting keys and repairing locks and repairing, refurbishing and selling used hand tools.

In 1990 he bought the Keymaster franchise for Bristol passing the BLI exam in 1994. He ran Keymaster (Bristol) until 2011 when he retired. Since then he has retrained as a trainer for safe use of abrasive wheels and grinding equipment to PUWER 1998 and has also found his previous tool shop experience invaluable in the re-sharpening, hardening & re-tempering of chisels and other hand tools.

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 10:30 – 14:00 (F4)

Course Duration: 3-3.5 hours

Course Content:

This course is for anyone who uses angle grinders and bench grinders during their daily work experience. It is aimed at training operators in the safe use of equipment.

The Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970 were fully revoked by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. (PUWER 1998)

Including practical examples of Do’s & Don’ts, this Course covers the legal requirement for training to meet current safety standards in the use of abrasive wheels equipment, Safe storage of machines and wheels, Selection of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Abrasive types, Range of wheels and their use, Identification and avoidance of hazards, Understanding the wheel marking system, plus a ‘hands on’ session in safe changing and adjustment of resin bonded and vitreous bonded wheels to machines.

On completion of the course each delegate will receive a certificate of training valid for 5 years.

Course Price:
£24 incl VAT for MLA members
£36 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Restricted to 10 places


Tool Sharpening (Drills and Chisels)

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Course Tutor: John Harding & Chris Taylor –

John Harding has been in engineering one way or another since he left school in 1959. First as a Panel Beater, then working my way up to skilled compressor fitter after getting married and moving to Bristol in 1966. He managed a hand tools store for around 10 years in the 70s/80s, selling hand tools, cutting keys and repairing locks and repairing, refurbishing and selling used hand tools. In 1990 he bought the Keymaster franchise for Bristol passing the BLI exam in 1994. He ran Keymaster (Bristol) until 2011 when he retired. Since then he has retrained as a trainer for safe use of abrasive wheels and grinding equipment to PUWER 1998 and has also found his previous tool shop experience invaluable in the re-sharpening, hardening & re-tempering of chisels and other hand tools.

Chris Taylor started in the industry in the 1970’s and has always had a fascination for the combination lock and the lineage of the locks as they progressed from only being considered ‘secondary locks’ to being trusted to fully lock safes and vaults in banks. Chris has owned his own company in Manchester since 1989 and is a past National Chairman of the Association and currently is the Northern Region chairman. Chris sits on various technical committees and has recently served on the N.O.S. working group helping to write the training standards for the industry

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 15:00 – 17:00 (F11)

Course Duration: 2 hours

Course Content:

As a follow-on to the abrasive wheel certification course, this will start by covering in the correct sharpening of HSS, TCT and similar twist drills. We will not be using any form of jig or tool as it is most unlikely any such luxuries will be available on site when they are most needed. It will look at and discuss drill design and how to get the most out of what is a very basic tool in the locksmith armoury.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a couple or so of your own drills that require attention so we can first study them and discuss what needs to be done to get more useful life out of what are expensive tools which are a joy to use when efficient and a desperate enemy when wrongly sharpened or blunt.

The course will then move on to look at chisels. A well sharpened and honed chisel is a joy to use but is one of the tools most frequently blunted or damaged in use by the locksmith. Hidden nails and screws in the door or frame just where you are working being among the worst culprits!

How to restore the cutting edge without removing the temper of the steel or re-hardening and tempering the steel when the tool has been softened in the regrinding process is useful information to have in your armoury to keep your chisels in tip top condition.

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 15 per course


High Security Cylinder Workshop

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Workshop Tutors:  Roger Barratt, Stuart Game, Mark Ward, Jay Dorner

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 13:00 – 17:00

Course Duration: 4 hours

Course Content:

SS312 Diamond, TS007 3*, Security Handles – with the increasing security provided by modern door hardware the life of a locksmith is becoming more difficult! This workshop will investigate the best ways to overcome the modern high security cylinders that are out there today. Whilst focusing on NDE it will include, where necessary, some destructive techniques looking at minimum damage.

Course Price:
£10

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 – Restricted to MLA members only

SOLD OUT


Locksmiths – know your limits. What you can and can’t do without Part P

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Workshop Tutors:  Dave Stapleton – Dave Stapleton runs family owned and highly successful Stapleton Locks in Worksop

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 10:30 – 12.30 (Sa6)

Course Duration: 2 hours

Course Content:

With the ever increasing amount of electronics coming into the locksmith world, it’s a growing area of interest for locksmiths wanting to expand their service offering. But what electrical work can a locksmith do? This seminar will help locksmiths understand the type of work they can legitimately do without Part P qualification, and what jobs they can’t. It will also give a bit of background to what’s involved in the Part P qualification itself in case any locksmiths are interested.

Electrician fined for Part P Breach:
http://www.options-skills.co.uk/blog/plumber-electrician-fined/

Electricians who don’t have a clue – without Part P
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2010/06/electrician_no_clue.html

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only


Security By Numbers. The art of effective physical security specification

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Workshop Tutors:  Richard Flint (BRE)

Physical Security Certification Scheme Manager @ BRE Global Limited, incorporating LPCB

Richard is recognised as being one of the UK’s leading experts in physical security product testing and approvals. He is responsible for the testing and approval of physical security products at Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB); a part of BRE Global. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining the Loss Prevention Standards for physical security, such as LPS 1175.

Richard is an active member of a number of national and international standards committees and is involved in the work of pan European inter-laboratory collaboration groups on physical security testing such as Foxclub and EFSG.

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 16:00 – 17:00 (F12)

Course Duration: 1 hour

Course Content:

Richard’s presentation will explore the threats faced by specifiers, and how different standards for physical security suit different threats. It will cover many standards referred to within Approved Document Q; such as LPS1175, LPS2081 and PAS24 as well as EN1627; as well as ways in which to ensure the levels of performance specified are delivered in reality’

Course Price:
FOC
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only


UPVC

UPVC Locksmith Course at MLA Expo

Workshop Tutors:  Andy Kennedy & Ian Chadwick

Andy Kennedy has worked in the upvc manufacturing and installation industry for 17 years and has been running his own business for the last 8 years specialising in upvc window and door repairs and general locksmithing.

Ian Chadwick has 36 years’ experience in all aspects of locksmithing and safe work.  In the last 10 years specialising in upvc door and window repairs.  He has previously lectured on lock opening techniques for MLA.

Dates & Times of Course:

Saturday 3rd October, 14:30 – 17:00   (Sa15)
Sunday 4th October, 10:30 – 13.00 (Su6)

Course Duration: 2.5 hours

Course Content:

  • Locksmithing basic training in UPVC & composite doors.
  • To include doors, windows, and patio doors.
  • Including identification, operations, fault finding, repairs, security cylinders etc plus questions and answers throughout the sessions

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course -Admission will be for trading locksmiths only
If not an MLA member, you will also need to provide a copy of a basic criminal record disclosure (or higher) that has been performed within the last 3 years


Mechanical Digital Locks

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Workshop Tutors:  Simon Griffiths & Chris Taylor

Simon Griffiths joined the locksmith industry in 1979 and set up Holdfast Security Systems in 1989 with two of his brothers. Calling himself a “general locksmith” Simon is closely involved with the MLA in a number of capacities including being Northern Region Secretary and Editor of Keyways as well as a tutor on MLA courses.

Chris Taylor started in the industry in the 1970’s and has always had a fascination for the combination lock and the lineage of the locks as they progressed from only being considered ‘secondary locks’ to being trusted to fully lock safes and vaults in banks. Chris has owned his own company in Manchester since 1989 and is a past National Chairman of the Association and currently is the Northern Region chairman. Chris sits on various technical committees and has recently served on the N.O.S. working group helping to write the training standards for the industry.

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 10:30 – 13:00 (Sa3)

Course Duration: 2.5 hours

Course Content:

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 skill

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course -Admission will be for trading locksmiths only
If not an MLA member, you will also need to provide a copy of a basic criminal record disclosure (or higher) that has been performed within the last 3 years


Promaster Master Keying

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Course Tutor: Jeremy Phillips

Jeremy (who’s come all the way from New Zealand!) is one of the world’s foremost experts in vehicle transponders and Instacode.

Dates & Times of Course: Friday 2nd October, 10:30 – 13:00 (F5)

Course Duration: 2.5 Hours

Course Content:

Interested to learn how master key systems are created or want to expand your existing knowledge & skills? This session will give you an insight and essential tips & tricks to design flexible and successful master suites by yourself.

Some topics include:

  • Rotating constants – Essential for large or expanding systems
  • Designing simple & complex systems
  • Making your system flexible
  • Getting the most out of Promaster 7 
  • Essential master keying tips & tricks

Course hosted by Jeremy Philips on behalf of WH Software & SKS Limited

Course Price:
FOC
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course – Admission will be for trading locksmiths only
If not an MLA member, you will also need to provide a copy of a basic criminal record disclosure (or higher) that has been performed within the last 3 years.


Working with Furniture Locks

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Workshop Tutors:  Peter Wosahlo

Peter, who is one of the locksmiths working in the Houses of Parliament, is currently a board member of the MLA, a tutor and tester. 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.

Dates & Times of Course: Saturday 3rd October, 15:00 – 17:00 (Sa18)

Course Duration: 2 hours

Course Content:

  • 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.

Course Price:
£12 incl VAT for MLA members
£24 incl VAT for non-members
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course -Admission will be for trading locksmiths only
If not an MLA member, you will also need to provide a copy of a basic criminal record disclosure (or higher) that has been performed within the last 3 years


Introduction To Russian Locks

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Workshop Tutors:  Lewis Beadle

Lewis is not only a well-respected and highly experienced locksmith but also very interested in locks from other countries, so when invited to visit a private lock museum in St Petersburg recently he jumped at the opportunity.
Lewis’s seminar will give an overview of the types of locks commonly found in Russia.

Dates & Times of Course: Sunday 4th October, 13:00 – 14:00 (Su9)

Course Duration: 1 hour

Course Content:

Renowned lock expert Lewis Beadle gives an insight into the types of locks used in Russia

Course Price:
FOC
(Book to obtain tickets – bookings made up to the 10th of September will have tickets sent to them, bookings thereafter will have tickets that can be picked up from the MLA stand at Expo)

Details for booking Places: Places limited to 20 per course -Admission will be for trading locksmiths only


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