What You Need To Know About Locksmith Regulations & Qualifications
If you’re in a position where you need a locksmith, finding out about the different qualifications and regulations to find a trustworthy service can be confusing, to say the least. Apart from mandatory DBS checks, it can be difficult to know what qualifications separate a professional locksmith from those that are just pretending.
Unfortunately, there has been a rise in “pop-up” locksmiths using qualifications that make them seem legitimate but they don’t hold any accreditations making them worthwhile of your time. It can be as easy as setting up a website for someone who is looking to make some quick money by offering shoddy services.
Regulated locksmiths in the UK:
A common misconception a lot of people have is that locksmiths are truly “regulated” in the UK. This isn’t true since there is no official government licensing, nor a regulatory board that sets regulations for the industry. This means that there are no “regulated” locksmiths operating within the UK since the trade has no centralised governing body to set any regulations. This can be an issue for those that are trying to find a trustworthy locksmith.
There has been a huge surge of organisations trying to set up associations to create qualifications to try and regulate the industry. The problem with these is that a lot of them don’t vet their members well which means anyone can join them. This can create a lot of false advertising as a company who adorns their marketing with these qualifications can make it seem like they’re qualified for the job when actually, all they’ve done is just paid an entry fee to say that they’re a member of this association.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t associations and qualifications that you can use as an indication of a locksmith’s experience. DBS checks are a great indication of a locksmith’s credibility which is important since you’ll be giving a locksmith direct access to your property.
Trading Standards Approved:
Having a locksmith that is Trading Standards Approved is also a good sign considering they’ll be operating with high business standards and an initiative to supply their customers with confidence. In some areas, Checkatrade work with the local Trading Standards. This makes for an even more credible accreditation since being approved means that the business would’ve been examined by rigorous organisations.
The vetting process alone from Trading Standards Approved is enough to instil confidence in anyone using a locksmith who is genuinely approved. Locksmiths that are Trading Standards Approved are also regularly monitored ensuring that quality doesn’t drop for whatever reason, guaranteeing a quality service to all customers. We’ve included a comprehensive list below to let you know what it takes to be Trading Standards Approved:
- A business wanting to be approved has to take part in an interview that’s carried out by Checkatrade. This will take place at the business owners home or place of work.
- Trading Standards go through several background checks to ensure that the business they are working with has nothing to hide. Both confidential and restricted information will be checked and examined ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
- Public Liability Insurance is essential for those wanting to work in the public sector. This is checked and confirmed when a business goes through the Trading Standards checks.
- The business owner and any other employee go through ID checks.
- Criminal Background Checks take place ensuring the owner / responsible person of the business has nothing to hide.
- Trading Standards will also go through steps to ensure that the trading address of a business is correct and verified. This is vital to know since this ties a business with a set location. This offers peace of mind worried about illicit locksmiths operating under shady pretences.
- Trading Standards will also go through customer reference checks to ensure past jobs and any reviews are legitimate and not falsified.
Once a business is approved, they are constantly monitored by Checkatrade. This ensures that the continual delivery of a professional service happens, with no dip in quality of service.
Checkatrade also acts as a trusted review platform too, acting as a great way to compare previous customers experience with any given trader. This is perfect for those looking to work with a suitable trader.
Which? Trusted Traders
There are also third-party accreditations that aren’t associated with the government like Which? Trusted Traders. Which? operate with a level of standards that anyone looking for a locksmith should seek. Which? is a trusted regulatory accreditations/organisations offer accreditations that take months if not years of good business standing to earn.
The “Which? Trusted Traders” scheme is an endorsement scheme that works to recognise reputable and dependable traders who successfully pass a rigorous assessment process. The accreditation is also reviewed every two years, ensuring that standards and practices are maintained to the highest standards.
A business wanting to become a Which? Trusted trader also has to provide evidence of their financial position and any supporting qualifications they may have that is applicable. The business will also have to have stringent corporate policies and complaints procedures in order to be accepted into this scheme.
More about Millennium Locksmiths:
When we think about the accreditations we have as an independent locksmith company, we feel that we operate in line with the highest standards in the industry. This isn’t just what we think about ourselves since we’re backed by all required accreditations as well as organisations like Which?, Trading Standards and Checkatrade.
When you work with a professional locksmith that has gone through the proper accreditations and obtained the best certifications, you can rest assured that you’ll be given a dependable service that you can trust. You’ll also have the reassurance of knowing that the company you have called is actually responsible for the work done.