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What is a Nightlatch?

Our MPL staff have been in the industry for a very long time. They know about every major type of lock used in the United Kingdom and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. No matter which MPL Locksmith training course you join us for, you’ll quickly learn everything there is to know about repairing, installing, and servicing locks in homes and businesses throughout the United Kingdom.

Nightlatches are some of the UK’s most common Yale locks and, even if you’ve never heard of them, we’re sure you’ll soon know exactly what they are. Let’s take a closer look at what nightlatches are, whether or not there are different types, and what they’re used for.

What is a Nightlatch?

Locks and security latches can quickly become complicated. Thankfully, this one is rather simple. A nightlatch is a Yale lock most commonly used on the front doors of homes. It’s mounted on the inner surface of a door that opens inward. As the door closes and meets the latch, it automatically locks.

The lock can be unlocked using the lever from the inside, or a key from the outside. Simple.

The latch includes an unlock feature where the user can choose to disable the locking mechanism altogether and leave the door opened. These locks are commonly found on doors in older style tenement flats.

Are There Different Types of Nightlatch?

Now it gets more interesting – of course there are different types of nightlatches. There are a few different types of nightlatches, varying in security, style, and mechanism. Typically, there are only two sizes of nightlatch (narrow and standard). However, there are several different companies that offer their own version of a nightlatch locking mechanism.

Non-Deadlocking Nightlatch
The non-deadlocking nightlatch is one of the most popular nightlatch mechanisms, and it can only be activated via a switch on the inside.

Although it remains a popular solution, it’s far from the most secure lock. It’s always a good idea to combine this with a BS5 lever deadlock just in case.

Key Deadlocking Yale Nightlatch
This type of nightlatch is very similar in design, but one with a crucial difference: it can be unlocked from the outside using a key. Similar to the non-deadlocking nightlatch, this should also be combined with a more secure lever deadlock.

Automatic deadlocking nightlatches are also used throughout the United Kingdom.

BS3621 Nightlatch
The British Standard (BS) Nightlatch is by far the most secure. Since it meets the security standards set out by BS3621, its security and protection will also be recognised by insurance providers.

It uses the auto deadlock mentioned with the previous two types of nightlatch, but it also includes an anti-drill feature to protect against forced entry. A key and lever are used inside to operate the door. From the outside, it will only operate with the correct key.

Different Types of Nightlatch and Your Needs
We could go on and on! There are many different types of nightlatch available, each with their own specific pros and cons.

While certain arrangements will offer stronger security than others, the convenience of automatic deadlocking or non-deadlocking mechanisms may make more sense depending on your access and your unique needs.

You may prefer to have a keyless exit, or a stronger security rating. More often than not, the best type of nightlatch depends on the other locks found on your window or door. Nightlatches can be used to either increase security, or provide convenience where security isn’t an issue.

Nightlatches and Training Courses with MPL

Nightlatches are just one of the many types of lock you’ll quickly learn to master on our MPL Locksmith training courses. It takes a trained eye to quickly analyse a locking arrangement, identify weaknesses, and choose the best type of nightlatch to install.

Speak to our team today and find out where the next available places are on our courses. Our professional, experienced staff can help you get your new career started today.

Which Locks Should I Keep On My Vehicle?

At times, we take the locking mechanism on our cars for granted. Whether we’re jumping into a local convenience shop or we’re leaving the car unattended for hours at a time, we barely think twice about the way we lock our car doors. Surprising, considering that our car is often one of our most valuable possessions and one that we rely on the most.

Let’s look at the different types of auto locks available, and which ones provide the most security to your vehicle. On our Specialist Auto Locksmith Training Course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to gain emergency access to 95% of the vehicles on British roads. But on top of that, we teach you how they work, how to strip them down, and how to service, repair, and rebuild them, too.

Auto Locks on British Streets

As you might imagine, there are several different types of vehicle door lock across the wide range of automotive brands that are popular in the United Kingdom. The technology used in a Ford, for example, is different from that used in an Audi or a Kia.

You might not be able to do much about upgrading the lock on your car, but it certainly doesn’t do any harm to learn a little more about how secure your door lock is.

Standard Key Entry

This is the most basic car door locking system, and it’s generally found on older cars. As well as using a key to operate the locking mechanism, there’s usually a knob inside that moves up and down.

While more modern locks provide better security, standard key entry locks are still a solid choice. They’re not difficult to change, fix, or upgrade, and cutting a spare key isn’t an issue either.

Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are a car lock that we’re sure you’ll be much more familiar with – but don’t be surprised to find electronic locks combined with standard key entry systems as well. Often, car manufacturers incorporate an entry key onto the electronic key itself so that when the electronics let you down, you can still gain access with the standard key.

These locks are found on newer models, and your car can be locked or unlocked with the push of a button. It’s a more efficient and more convenient lock than standard entry keys and it typically offers better security. However, replacement keys are considerably more difficult and costly.

Keyless Locks

This is probably the most advanced locking mechanism found on vehicles today. Interestingly, there’s no key at all. Instead, an electronic key fob has a unique code that partners with the electronics inside your car and will grant access when you’re within a certain distance. The car won’t start until the fob is in the right place.

While it may be true that it’s much more difficult to break into a car that doesn’t even have a locking mechanism, and offers a high level of security, more capable criminals can still manipulate the coding in the electronic fob.

Other Options

So those are the three types of locks that you can have fitted to your vehicle, and all three will offer a decent level of security. Standard entry locks are slowly being phased out (due to their lower level of protection), but electronic and keyless locks are certainly recommended in order to keep your vehicle safe.

There are, however, another few options that you should consider when it comes to locks on your vehicle.

Steering Wheel Locks

You might laugh at such an old-school suggestion, but steering wheel locks are highly effective. It’s one of the simplest theft deterrents you can buy, and it will always add another layer of protection.

Since it fits directly onto the steering wheel, it prevents any movement of the car wheels. They’re often manufactured with bright colours, and clearly visible to deter potential burglars.

There are a variety of different locks available. These range all the way from the most elementary steering wheel locks to heavy-duty, highly advanced locks that are very difficult to manipulate.

Wheel Clamps

Wheel clamps are another traditional type of door lock and, although they involve slightly more effort, they still provide owners with priceless peace of mind.

They attach to a car’s wheels in a Y-shaped lock, completely immobilising the vehicle. They’re very secure and almost guaranteed to keep your car safe, but you’ll need your own set of tools to lock and unlock the wheel clamps.

Blocking Pouches

We mentioned earlier that burglars can manipulate keyless entry electronic fobs. Thieves can use electronic devices to create a clone of your electronic fob. Their device effectively ‘steals’ the coding from your fob, and allows them to use the coding as soon as they’re within a certain distance of your car. After that, access to your car couldn’t be simpler.

So, this solution isn’t a lock at all – we highly recommend storing your fobs in a Signal Blocking Pouch (also known as a Faraday bag), or an Anti RFID wallet. That way your fob will always be secure, and it won’t be transmitting any signals that could potentially be copied.

Auto Locksmith Training with MPL

There’s a lot to cover on our Auto Locksmith Training Course. It’s an intense 3-day course, but you’ll leave with all of the knowledge you need to pick, service, and repair more than 95% of vehicle locks you’ll come across.

Whether you’re brand new to the industry and looking to establish an area of expertise, or you’re an experienced locksmith that would like to learn a new skill, our course is for you. And our professional course is even City & Guilds accredited, so you’ll leave with a course certificate and a programme number.

Contact our team today to find out how you can secure a place on our popular auto locksmith course.

How to Find a Good Locksmith

We cover a lot of information on our MPL locksmith training courses. While some of our courses are specifically designed for experienced locksmiths looking to brush up on their skills or even to learn some new ones, many of our courses are designed for locksmiths new to the industry. And as everybody in the industry knows, there’s more to becoming a locksmith than simply learning the locks.

Of course, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about the most common locks in Britain. But, crucially, we’ll also teach you how to start your business and market yourself. You could be the best-trained locksmith in the country, but if nobody knows how to find you, then you won’t find yourself booked for any jobs.

Let’s figure out how to find a good, reliable locksmith close to you. Once you’re fully trained as a locksmith, these are the methods and techniques that customers will use to find you, so you need to make sure that you’ll meet these expectations.

Accreditation and Verification

This is the number one thing that people should be looking for when they search for a sound and dependable locksmith. Unfortunately, this has recently become something of a grey area.

That’s because the UK Government doesn’t regulate locksmith services. There are currently no requirements in the UK for licensing through the government, or for other authorities to operate as a locksmith. We hope that this will change in the years to come because, currently, there are thought to be thousands of untrained, uncertified UK-based locksmiths.

Uncertified locksmiths aren’t dependable, and there’s no guarantee that the job they do will meet the industry standards. That being the case, clients should always be looking to confirm that their locksmith has some form of locksmith training accreditation.

City & Guilds

City & Guilds is a leader in global skills development and has been active in the UK for more than 140 years. The association “works with education providers, employers and governments in over 100 countries across the world to help people, businesses, and economies grow by shaping skills systems and supporting skills development.”

Our Specialist 5 Day Locksmith Training Programme and Specialist Auto Locksmith Training Course are both fully City & Guilds Accredited. You’ll need to pass an exit exam and, when you do, you’ll have a City & Guilds Accredited Programme Number to show to clients.

Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)

Finally, we also offer a 3-day and 5-day NCFE Approved training course. The NCFE is another not-for-profit organisation and is a leading provider of educational services. Once you’ve completed either one of these intense courses, you’ll leave with a level 3 certificate, accredited by NCFE as well as MPL.

By accrediting your locksmith services with any of these associations, you’ll immediately gain the trust of prospective clients.

Recommendations and Word-of-Mouth

How do you get a name to check in the first place? As traditional as ever, word-of-mouth is still one of the most effective communication when it comes to recommendations in trade. And that means that both good work – and bad work – travels far.

Our training team will make sure that you leave with a detailed knowledge of British locks and all the skills you need to flourish. There won’t be such a thing as a ‘bad job’, and we expect you to quickly develop a positive reputation with your new skillset.

Compare Quotes

Another thing that customers should be looking to do is compare a few different quotes. Money talks, and it often shows with quotes from different locksmiths.

We’ll teach you how to properly identify, survey, and estimate the cost involved with each job. That way, you can present a clear breakdown of the costs to your client. Other, lesser trained locksmiths, won’t be able to do the same.

And when your competitors submit unclear quotes that are too low, your client should immediately be able to distinguish between their lack of accreditation and your show of quality.

Analyse the Specialist Skills

Customers also need to check the specialist skills of the locksmith they contact. Have they accidentally contacted a locksmith that specialises in uPVC repair? What if they only deal with auto and electronic services? On top of your fundamental locksmith training, you can always add to your skillset with MPL, so that you can reach even more customers.

Check the Reviews

Finally, customers should be looking to check a locksmith’s reviews. As with many other purchases, we check the reviews and references before we hand over the cash. Why should locksmithing be any different?

On your locksmith training course, we’ll teach you all about the different review platforms, and which ones are worth your investment. By the time you leave our building, you’ll know how to tackle any locksmith issue, and how to market yourself to get yourself started in the industry.

Speak to our team today and find out how you can book a place on any of our NCFE-approved and City & Guilds accredited training courses. We have the quality, experience, and business know-how to help get your new career started with a bang.

Andrew – Leeds Locksmiths

I did the full 5 day course with MPL and found it great. Marc the trainer really knew his stuff not just on the technical side but the business side also (many locksmiths are perfectly good but don’t know how to market etc, knowing this is just as important).

There are online ‘locksmith courses’ around online which I have actually tried myself prior to coming to MPL. However nothing can beat learning in person which is why I went to MPL.

Having made the money back that I paid for the course very quickly it’s looking good from here!

I should also note that it’s not just the knowledge learned that impressed me. But also the contacts gained from the course were just as valuable. I was introduced to a company that works with the police in securing doors after break ins etc. This company ONLY hires people who have undertaken a professional locksmith course (of which MPL’s is City & Guilds + NCFE registered). I have also undertaken work for places such as schools & businesses who absolutely insist to see your credentials before trusting you with dealing with their locks. Even the best locksmiths out there could physically not get this work without having the accreditation’s which MPL provides, so it’s well worth having. Oh and the MPL technical assistance line has helped me get out of fair few tricky situations.

In the future I will be aiming to book on their access control installation course in order to expand my services once I have some time as I have no doubt it will pay for itself.

Should you wish to call me for a chat regarding questions about the course I would be happy to help. You can find me at Leeds Locksmith.

How to Adjust a uPVC Door

Have you felt a draught coming through your front door? Perhaps the door isn’t sitting correctly, it’s scuffing the floor, or worse – its not locking at all. And if that applies to your front door, then you’ve got a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at how to adjust a uPVC Door. These adjustments can be complicated tasks, so let’s focus on the high-level details of how to get it done. When you take part in one of our MPL Locksmith Training courses, however, you’ll learn everything there is to know about uPVC doors and how to adjust them in moments.

What Are uPVC Doors?

Let’s start at the very beginning: what are uPVC doors? uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It’s a tough plastic material that hasn’t been combined with any additives during manufacture.

uPVC doors are extremely popular doors throughout the United Kingdom as they make for secure, robust, and budget-friendly front doors. Although they won’t last as long as composite doors (or keep your home as warm), they’re still fantastic value-for-money front doors.

Why Might They Need Adjustment?

Unfortunately, sometimes, you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean that uPVC doors are low-quality, it’s just that they may require slightly more maintenance than more expensive doors.

Over time, uPVC doors may lose their alignment within the door frame and need to be adjusted. Unusual and irritating sounds and scuffs probably mean that the door is out of alignment, and if the lock has stopped working, then immediate action needs to be taken.

There could also be natural wear-and-tear to your door, or it could have been installed incorrectly to begin with.

Before You Begin

Don’t just get the toolbox and start attacking your door. First of all, check the manufacturer’s warranty on your door – is it still valid? If so, then any work that you attempt on your door could invalidate that guarantee.

Once you’re sure that you won’t be voiding a guarantee, try and figure out the issue before you begin. There’s nothing worse than dismantling a door and realising that you’ve misdiagnosed the issue.

The most common reason to adjust a uPVC door is a misalignment of the door within its frame. But in order to resolve that, you might need to adjust the door’s compression, the door’s frame, the door’s lock, or even the door’s hinges. If you’re really unlucky, then your door could be warped, and the only realistic solution is a replacement.

As we said, we’ll keep this guide high level to avoid any confusion.

How Are They Adjusted?

First up, check the alignment of your door. Are the corners of the door and the door frame all aligned? Is the door level? If you’re not sure, stick a spirit level on top of the door and see how it reads.

The gaps between the door and the door frame should be consistent everywhere you look. If they’re not, then you need to do some adjusting.

The Door Lock

Begin with the door lock. If it’s failing to correctly meet the frame, then your door lock may need to be tightened. Remove the plastic cover on the main hinge area of the lock and turn an Allen key until you see the door pulling back toward the hinge.

Do the same with the middle hinge and align the lock correctly. Double-check that the door still opens and closes, and that the locking mechanism works.

The Door Hinges

If that hasn’t resolved the issue, then there could be an issue with the door hinges instead. There are a few different types of uPVC door hinges, namely flag hinges, T hinges, and butt hinges, and they’re all adjusted differently.

As a rule of thumb, the screw at the top of the hinge will adjust the compression, and the screw at the bottom will adjust the height. There could also be a pin in the centre face that you could adjust. Try each adjustment and see if that helps to re-align your door within the frame.

Clean the Door Frame

Alternatively, there could just be a build-up of dirt within the door frame itself. There are two drainage areas at the bottom of the door frame, and if these are blocked, they’ll need to be emptied. Otherwise, the rubber seals that run along the edges of your door frame could be old and worn – consider replacing them before you commit to replacing the entire door.

You could also attempt to tighten the seal on your door (to reduce draughts) or adjust the latching of the door (to reduce the gap between door and frame).

uPVC Doors and MPL Locksmith Training Courses

But if none of these solutions work, then a full repair is likely to require the assistance of a professional locksmith.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that uPVC doors require adjustment. After attending one of our courses, our newly-trained locksmiths have all the tools and knowledge they need to tackle the majority of uPVC door issues.

Our 1 Day uPVC Repair Course is perfect for experienced locksmiths looking to brush up on their skills. Find out everything you need to know about what the course involves online, or contact our team to find out how we can get you signed up.

Which Door Locks Are Insurance Approved?

Let’s say that you’ve been shopping around for cheaper home insurance lately and you found a question that stumped you – something along the lines of ‘are the locks on your access doors and windows approved to BS3621 standards?’ Do the quality of your door locks really matter when it comes to home insurance? And how do you know if those door and window locks are going to improve (or worsen) your insurance rates?

We’ll talk you through the British Standard regulations, explaining why having certain types of door locks will be a big green tick when it comes to home insurance – and why certain types are worth avoiding.

Once you become an accredited locksmith on one of our MPL Locksmith Training Courses, you’ll be able to pass on all of this crucial information to your customers with confidence.

Which Types of Door Lock Are Accepted by UK Insurers?

Fit the right type of door lock in your home and, generally speaking, you’ll notice a discount on your home insurance policies. The door locks we’re about to discuss are recognised for their quality by insurance providers for a reason: they’re reliable, safe, and they meet the level of security expected for your home.

British Standard (BS) 3621 locks are the type of locks that insurance providers like to see in UK homes. BS3621 locks have been designed, tested, and approved to meet the minimum security standards, as set out by the BS3621 assessment. These locks are respected in the industry for the anti-theft protection they offer and, for that reason, home insurers will consider the chances of a break-in far less likely.

These locks aren’t designed to or built to any standard set by insurers. They’re designed to British Standards, and their quality is simply recognised by home insurance providers.

If you don’t have BS3621 locks fitted into your doors at home, then it isn’t necessarily an urgent priority. But during the next repair or upgrade, you should absolutely consider investing in these super-safe, insurance-approved locks.

How Can You Tell if You Have BS3621 Door Locks?

The good news is that BS3621 locks aren’t too difficult to identify. One of the quickest ways to discover whether or not your locks meet BS3621 is to inspect the plate of the lock for the British Standard Institution (BSI) Kitemark.

To begin with, you’ll be able to see a large and obvious kite sign, engrained into the metal. The kite can look slightly like a heart. Below that, you’ll also be able to see the unmistakeable BS3621 script, which may also have a number after it depending on the year.

Take a quick look at the script on your door locks to discover whether or not your locks meet BS3621, and how much of an impact that may be having on the price of your home insurance.

If you’re really unsure or finding it difficult to establish the script on your lock, then a locksmith in your area will be happy to quickly identify the type of lock on your door.

The Different Types of BS3621 Locks

Throughout commercial and residential properties in the United Kingdom, many different types of locks are used. Only a few of them meet BS3621.

The locks that you need to know about are:

  • BS3621 Mortice SashLock and Mortice Deadlocks
  • BS3621 Euro Deadlock and Sashlock
  • BS3621 Rim Cylinder Locks

As you may already be aware, there are several different types of Mortice locks. But in order to meet BS3621, Mortice deadlocks are required to use at least 5 different levers. On top of that, it needs to have anti-pick qualities and hard plates that protect the lock from drilling as well.

As you can see, sometimes with Mortice locks, it can be a little more complex than simply identifying the famous symbol on the lock.

Other Insurance Approved Locks

There are some other locks that do meet the requirements for insurance. Look out for the TS007 kitemark. Locks with this specification are also insurance approved, but are only guaranteed to protect against lock-snapping if they meet certain criteria. When looking for the kitemark on the lock, there should also be a number of stars. A three-star rating means that the lock is protected against lock snapping.

One of the most common insurance approved locks with this rating is the TS007 Snap Safe Euro Cylinder.

BS3621 and MPL Locksmith Training

If you’re looking for a career change and considering training to become a locksmith, then what better time is there than now? Our courses accommodate trainee locksmiths from all walks of life, and we have a range of training courses to suit everybody.

No matter which course you decide to enrol in, you’ll be well educated in the different types of locks used in British homes, the safest ones on the market, and the standards that matter throughout the industry.

Contact us today to find out which course might suit you best, and our friendly staff will be happy to get you booked on to the right locksmith training course for you.

What’s Inside a Euro Lock?

By the time you’ve completed any of our 1-day, 3-day, or even 5-day locksmith training courses, you’ll know locks inside out – literally. Our professional technicians will take you through every aspect of the most common door locks found in British homes, explaining what each part of the lock is and how it all fits together.

Let’s bridge the gap for the curious minds with a brief look into the inside one of the most popular door locks: the Euro lock. How does it all go together? Which parts are susceptible to damage during break-ins? And which parts are the ones that need to be repaired more than others?

What’s Inside a Euro Lock?

The most popular door locks used in homes throughout the United Kingdom vary in complexity and style. Although they all work from the same basic principle, there are distinct differences between mortice locks and Euro locks, for example. Our instructors make it easy to understand the differences between practical insight and training on our locksmith training courses.

It’s worth remembering that there are several external parts of any door lock as well. But perhaps because these parts are visible, they’re less mysterious than the internal parts of a common door lock, hidden from sight.

These are the most important internal components that you’ll typically find inside a Euro lock.


Few door locks exist without a cylinder. This is the body of the lock, where all the action takes place. It’s also the first line of security on most locks, since it’s the place where the key is inserted: if the key doesn’t fit the cylinder, the lock doesn’t operate.

Cylinders work in tandem with pins. When the correct key is inserted into the cylinder it will release and align a series of spring-loaded pins, thereby pushing them into their correct position and ‘opening’ the lock. Until a key of the correct shape is inserted, the pins will remain in the locked position.

The Different Types of Locks

Please do remember that in today’s article we’ve only explained the basic, high-level principle of what’s inside a lock. Door locks can get very complicated very quickly!

There are many different types of locks used throughout the United Kingdom, each of them with their own unique mechanisms, features, parts, and more. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned auto locks, where electronic programming is required to either lock or open a door in the first place.

As long as you understand the basic internal components of a door lock, you can perform very basic (but limited) DIY tasks. More importantly, with this knowledge, you’re in the perfect position to get started with one of our locksmith training courses and begin your new career.

Door Lock Training with MPL

Our MPL Locksmith Training Courses are designed to teach you exactly what you want to know about locksmithing in a matter of days. Once you’ve completed your training course you’ll leave with a certificate of your new skills and, if you’ve completed the theory test on one of our City & Guilds accredited courses, then you’ll have their official certificate as well.

We like to speak to our new students before they sign up in order to make sure that they’re signing up for the correct course. Some of our courses are targeted to experienced locksmiths looking to extend their skill range, so it’s important that you don’t accidentally sign up for a course like this.

Speak to our friendly team today and before you know it, you’ll be an expert on the internal components of every major type of door lock used in the country.

Which is the Right Locksmith Training Course for Me?

Now you’ve decided that a career as a locksmith is for you, it’s important that you undertake the appropriate training, gain some experience, and learn everything there is to know about being a locksmith in the UK. But that’s not to say that your training ends after your first course – far from it. Almost every locksmith in the country can benefit from additional training. New training courses help locksmiths add to their skillset and open up a new business opportunity in the process.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a closer look at our MPL Locksmith Training Courses. We offer 9 different locksmith courses, and it’s important that you select the one that’s right for you.

Locksmith Training Courses for New Locksmiths

Fresh-eyed and fearless, new locksmiths walking through our doors have an awful lot to learn. But rest assured that our 3-day and 5-day training courses for new locksmiths make learning easy. All you need to do is choose where to start.

3 Day Locksmith Training Course

This is where it all begins for many newbies. Our 3-day all-practical course covers the very basics of locksmithing and helps to build confidence, explain basic principles, and demonstrate how to use locksmith equipment correctly.

This course has been accredited by NCFE, and you’ll leave with a Level-3 certificate. You’ll have a strong understanding and skill set from which you can start your own self-employed business.

For: new locksmiths looking to cover the basics and start their business

5 Day NCFE Locksmith Training Course

We call this one our ‘Ultimate’ Locksmith Training Course. This 5-day training course is also an all-practical course for anyone who wants to be a locksmith. If you’re starting your journey with little experience or qualification as a locksmith, then you’ll finish the course with everything you need to know to start your own successful enterprise.

This comprehensive training course covers every aspect of locksmithing, and is more budget-friendly than our 5-Day Specialist Training Course. You’ll of course cover the same content, but you won’t receive the additional City & Guilds Accreditation.

For: new locksmiths looking to cover every aspect of locksmithing, but on a budget

5 Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course (City & Guilds Accredited/NCFE Level 3)

For something more official, you’ll be looking for our 5 Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course instead. As well as being NCFE-accredited, it’s also accredited by City & Guilds. This makes it the UK’s most highly-accredited locksmith training course. No other locksmith training course will offer the same level of accreditation.

This locksmith training course is perfect for anybody new to locksmithing, but it’s also a great match for re-training locksmiths. You’ll develop a firm understanding of locksmithing and establish a great base to build your career on.

Unlike our Ultimate 5-Day All-Practical Course, you’ll need to pass the City & Guilds exit exam to get your certificate.

For: new locksmiths looking to cover every aspect of locksmithing with official City & Guilds accreditation

Locksmith Training Courses for Existing Locksmiths

But our training courses aren’t just for newbies. No matter what stage of your locksmithing career you find yourself in, there’s always time to add another skill. These are the training courses we offer to existing locksmiths looking to add to their expertise.

1 Day Lock Installation Course

Both beginner locksmiths and those with more experience will benefit from our 1-Day Lock Installation Course. Even if you’re only brushing up on your abilities, knowing how to install a lock in wood is a vital skill. Surprisingly, it’s one that many locksmiths struggle with.

Every locksmith can replace like-for-like locks. But can you install one from scratch into wood? After this one-day course, you’ll never hesitate again.

For: experienced and beginner locksmiths looking to learn how to install locks from scratch into wood

1 Day uPVC Repair Course

Our uPVC Repair Course does exactly what it says on the tin. Many experienced locksmiths find themselves having to turn down uPVC work because they don’t have the knowledge to work on them.

In just one day, you’ll learn the specialist skills needed to access and repair locks on uPVC doors. This training course is undertaken by our specialist uPVC trainer, and can be combined with our 1-Day Tilt & Turn Course to create a 2-Day Specialist Course.

For: experienced locksmiths looking to take on more uPVC work

1 Day Tilt & Turn Course

This is another specialist course for experienced locksmiths, undertaken by our specialist tilt & turn trainer. You’ll receive specific training in tilt & turn access and repair techniques.

For: experienced locksmiths looking to take on more tilt & turn work

2 Day Access Control Course

Locksmiths that have already completed the entry-level course will already know that access control is another skill altogether. Locksmiths can learn everything they need to know, all the way from standalone applications to Net2 High Security solutions on our 2-Day Access Control Course.

For: experienced locksmiths looking to add access control to their skillset

2 Day Advanced Pick Training Course

If you’re an able locksmith with trading experience and you still shudder every time you’re asked to pick security euro locks and mortice locks, then isn’t it time you added the skill to your repertoire?

This 2-day course is for locksmiths with an advanced level of knowledge. There will barely be a lock you won’t be able to pick after training with us.

For: advanced locksmiths learning to pick security euro locks and mortice locks

3 Day Auto Locksmith Training Course

This one’s a little bit different. And after completing our Auto Locksmith Training, your new expertise will help you stand out from others on the standard locksmithing career path.

As door locking and vehicle security becomes more advanced, more advanced skills are needed to understand and manipulate digital locks. On this course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to access over 95% of vehicles in the United Kingdom.

For: advanced locksmiths looking to branch out into specialist auto locksmithing

Why Choose MPL for Your Locksmith Training Course?

Our professional, patient, and experienced MPL team have a 99% pass rate on all of our locksmith training courses. There’s nobody better to get you started in the industry, or help you add to your skillset and expand your business.

If you’d like more information about the different locksmith courses that we offer, then please contact us today on 01924 693 293.

How Does a Key-Cutting Machine Work?

When many people think of locksmiths, they immediately think of key-cutting, and replacement keys for the ones they’ve been unfortunate enough to lose or damage. It goes without saying that our MPL Locksmith Training Courses cover key-cutting machines and how to use them.

Key-cutting machines may only be one small part of the many things you’ll learn on our courses, but they’re an important part. So, let’s start learning about them. How does a key-cutting machine work? Is it dangerous? And how accurate is the key it produces?

What is Key-Cutting?

Don’t worry if you don’t know what key-cutting is – many people don’t. Key-cutting is undoubtedly the most popular way to produce keys in the United Kingdom. It can be done in one of two different ways: you can either make a duplicate of an existing key, or you can produce a new key altogether.

When used correctly, key-cutting machines are safe, accurate, and effective devices. They produce replacement keys in a matter of minutes – but only if you know how to use them efficiently.

Even as technology continues to develop and locksmiths use more and more electronic tools, the key-cutting machine remains ever-present. Quite simply, there will always be a demand for security keys, and for their spares as well.

Are There Different Types of Key-Cutting Machines?

Like every technology, there are several different types of key-cutting machines. Thankfully, on the whole, they tend to use the same mechanisms. Although there may be one or two parts that differ from one machine to the next, key-cutting machines are normally very similar.

On our Locksmith Training Courses, you’ll learn how to use the most popular key-cutting machines in the industry. And if you should ever come across a different type of machine, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to pick up its subtleties quickly.

One of the most important things we teach on our courses is to always use the instructions manual when negotiating unfamiliar key-cutting machines for the first time.

How Do Key-Cutting Machines Work?

The truth is that as locksmith technology has advanced, key-cutting machines have become faster and easier to use. This is great news for trainee locksmiths!

Key-cutting machines work on the ‘copy’ principle. As you trace the teeth of one key with the key-cutting machine, a separate part of the machine simultaneously grinds the replica teeth into the blank key that is being cut.

First of all, try and select a blank key which is similar in appearance to the original key. Insert the original key into the first vice – make sure that the teeth are visible and facing upward. You should then insert the blank key into the second vice. This is where the cutting blade is located. Ensure that both keys are tightly secured and won’t move during the cutting process.

Before switching the machine on, be sure to close the protective cover.

Once it has been switched on, your machine will automatically detect the speed and angle at which the cutting wheel should be spinning. Simply trace the teeth and grooves of the original key and, once you’re finished, switch off the machine. Use a wire brush to remove any debris and polish off any rough edges.

Make sure that there are no sharp edges to the key. The last thing you want to do now is insert a sharp key into the lock and damage the lock irreparably. Especially now that you have two keys!

Compare the two keys side-by-side. Are they an identical match? If they are, then your key is good to go. However, if you have any doubts about the outline of the new key, then re-insert the original key, grab another blank, and try to create a more accurate key using the same method.

Key-Cutting and Locksmith Training with MPL

You’ll learn everything you need to know about key-cutting and key-cutting machines on our City & Guilds Accredited 5 Day Specialist Locksmith Training Course. The fundamentals are also covered on our 3 Day Training Course. Key-cutting is not compulsory for locksmiths to offer as part of their services, but is a very useful skill to learn.

Anybody can train to become a locksmith with our friendly and professional team – our testimonials speak for themselves, and there’s nobody better to get you started on the right course for you.

Find out about the availability for our next training courses, and how you can begin your journey to becoming a fully qualified locksmith today.

Are Lock-Picking Tools Legal?

On our locksmith training courses, we cover a lot of material. Depending on the type of course you select, you’ll cover different levels of training. However, every course involves using specialist lock-picking tools and developing the skills you need to work, change, and manipulate locks.

But hang on – doesn’t that work bear an uncanny resemblance to ‘the bad guy’ in every film? Isn’t that how cartoon characters break into banks, vaults, and homes? There are some sensitive legal regulations when it comes to lock-picking tools. In today’s article, we’ll explain what those mean for you.

Will Lock-Picking Tools Make You a Criminal?

So are you a criminal for ordering your first set of lock-picking tools? Does lock-picking put you on a wanted list? And have MPL been breaking the law all this time, training up a gang of expert lock-pickers and locksmiths?

Of course we haven’t – and you’re not a criminal for purchasing lock-picking tools. But you still need to be careful.

To make extra sure that we’ve got this one correct, let’s look at the official wording from The Theft Act 1968. Section 25 states the following:

“A person shall be guilty of an offence if, when not at his place of abode, he has with him any article for use in the course of or in connection with any burglary or theft.”

So before you pack your lock-picking tools on holiday or stick them in your pocket and head to the pub, bear in mind that if you’re stopped in a public place and found to have lock-picking tools, then you’ll have some very difficult questions to answer.

While you’re technically breaking the law, non-suspicious activity is unlikely to get you in trouble. If you have the tools for your profession, then it shouldn’t be an issue. But other factors such as previous convictions and the time of day will all be considered.

For those interested in lock-picking but not necessarily a locksmith career, experimenting with lock-picking tools within your own home is technically legal. But is it a risk worth taking? If you’re found with these tools at the wrong time in the wrong place, the consequences could be severe. Nobody should be able to buy locksmith tools until they’re a fully accredited locksmith. These are the regulations that we work by at MPL Locksmith Training.

MPL Locksmith Training Courses

Why not enrol for a locksmith training course with MPL to make sure that you understand the legalities of locksmiths’ work? That way, you’ll have the suitable accreditations to show why you’re carrying lock-picking tools.

We still wouldn’t recommend carrying lock-picking tools in public, off-shift, but at the very least, your circumstances will not be suspicious.

We offer a range of locksmith training courses. Each of them is suited to trainees of every ability, ambition, and budget. You don’t need any accreditations to begin your training courses with us – just commitment and a desire to learn.

Even if you’re just looking to eliminate some bad habits and brush up on your skills, we have the training course for you. Choose from the following:

Our Specialist Locksmith Training Course in particular is fully accredited and is the most comprehensive course, giving you all the training and experience you need to begin a locksmith career.

You’ll use a wide range of different pick and entry tools. By the time you’ve completed any of our locksmith training courses, nobody will be doubting your professionalism.

Become a Professional Locksmith with MPL

We have more than two decades of experience with locks and lock-picking. In that time, we’ve developed a wealth of knowledge and experience. Those qualities are reflected in our training courses where you’re guaranteed a high standard of integrity, professionalism, and care.

In fact, we know locks so well that we manufacture and supply our own locksmith tooling.

Speak to our team today on 01924 693 293, and find out which course is the one for you.