Over the years, we’ve received accreditation from all manner of organisations and bodies.
This has enabled us to expand our services - on top of auto locksmith services, which make up the vast majority of business, we can also perform a range of domestic and commercial locksmith jobs.
At Galmier Locksmiths, we’re proud of our certifications. These are more than just titles - they’re proof that we can actually offer the type of service we claim.
We love throwing around these acronyms and names as proof of our skill.
But what do their names stand for, exactly? What do each of these bodies do?
And most importantly, what do these say about your auto locksmith?
MLAA - the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia
Since we’re talking about accreditations, we may as well start with the most important one!
Operating since the 1980s, the MLAA serves as the peak body for the locksmithing industry in Australia and New Zealand.
The MLAA helps locksmiths just like Galmier by advocating for locksmiths all over the country.
It represents the entire industry to government and collaborates with education facilities like TAFEs to improve the quality of locksmith trainees.
It also provides locksmiths like us with networking and training opportunities, as well as financial benefits on new vehicles and equipment.
But that’s not what you’re here for. No, you want to know what an MLAA certification means for you!
Essentially, an MLAA certification tells you that your auto locksmith is trustworthy and competent.
To register with the MLAA and maintain their membership, locksmiths need to:
Hold an appropriate qualification
- Pass an MLAA examination (practical and paper)
- Provide positive references and endorsements
- Hold a security license
- Be fully-insured
- Adhere to a strict code of conduct
SCEC - the Security Construction and Equipment Committee
Unlike the MLAA which is an industry body, the SCEC is a government body.
To create and maintain an approved list of security equipment and specialists for use by government organisations and entities.
SCEC-endorsed locksmiths don’t only need the technical skills to work with the advanced locking systems that many government agencies use. They also face intense scrutiny during the approval process.
- •A current security license (in states that require it)
- Evidence of qualifications
- Professional references from other locksmiths
- A national background and criminal history check
- Background checks by ASIO, the Australian secret service!
To learn more about the rigorous approval process, click here.
OK… but what does that mean for me?
We know what you’re thinking.
These qualifications are great… but what do they have to do with your auto locksmith? All you need is your car unlocked, after all.
While neither of these certifications directly affect your auto locksmith’s ability to unlock your car, what it does do is give you a guarantee that they’re trustworthy!
Both of these certifications come with stringent requirements. Both also need to be periodically renewed to keep up with changes in the locksmithing industry.
Choosing an auto locksmith that holds an endorsement from either of these organisations ensures that you’ll receive a locksmith who:
- Knows their stuff
- Is up-to-date with the latest in locksmithing technology (including car keys)
- Is 100% trustworthy with your vehicle
- Regards safety as their highest priority
Locked out of your car? Need an auto locksmith?
Call an Armadale auto locksmith who’s MLAA- and SCEC-approved!
Galmier Locksmiths is proud of its certifications.
We hold both MLAA certification and SCEC approval, and are also licensed by the Licensing Services Division of the Victoria Police.
If you’ve lost your car keys or locked yourself out of your car, you can put your trust in our team of qualified, reliable, and trustworthy locksmiths.
That’s not the only thing we have going for us, either. We excel in all areas of locksmithing and customer service, offering speedy, polite, and effective solutions all over south-east Melbourne.
Save our phone number today: 0407 022 234. That way, when disaster strikes, you’ll have an auto locksmith with all the right certifications ready to help you out!