About Us

Find out about the objectives principles and history of the Institute of Certified Locksmiths …

Our Objectives

Our principal objective is to encourage and promote a high standard in locksmith services.

Our specific objectives are …

  • to set a high standard that is expected from the profession
  • to evaluate, promote and police those Members that have achieved and demonstrated this standard
  • to encourage those starting in the profession to reach this standard
  • to offer an assurance of quality to those using the services of an ICL Member and giving the customer recourse if not entirely satisfied
  • to ensure that all ICL Members are fully police checked and vetted
  • to offer information to those in the industry
  • to liaise with parliament, relevant authorities, police and industry to always maintain and improve industry standards
  • to ensure that all ICL Members are fully non-destructive in their entry techniques
  • to promote the quality side of our profession to the public and businesses using our services.

Our Principles

Our operating principles …

  • We aim to promote the highest possible standard in locksmith services
  • This includes an absolute focus on non-destructive entry techniques where possible
  • We are not a profit making organisation
  • We seek to offer an assurance of quality to those using locksmith services
  • We police our own Members and offer full recourse to the customer.

Our History

The Institute was instigated by a group of locksmiths who felt that the industry lacked an organisational body.

We felt that existing associations were mainly profit-motivated and did not well represent their members. Also, the cost of membership of these associations was too high.

Following much bad press about the profession, it was clear that an organisation was required that would focus on quality. This would include an absolute focus on non-destructive entry techniques wherever possible, and giving value for money to the customer.

We chose to set up an institute to represent the quality end of our industry, and determined that it would be non-profit making. The only costs incurred by our Members are for the vetting procedures required.

Our Constitution

Edition 2, adopted by the ICL Steering Group on 21 September 2010.


The name of the Association shall be the ‘The Institute of Certified Locksmiths’ (referred to in this constitution as ‘the ICL’).

Mission Statement

ICL Members will strive to offer:

  • Non-destructive methods will be used wherever possible.
  • In the event that an ICL Locksmith has to drill or destroy a healthy lock, the ICL Locksmith will replace this lock with a like-for-like lock free of any further charge to the customer. This relates to domestic and commercial customers, but excludes faulty locks and safes, and doesn’t apply to entries under warrant or repossession work.
  • BS3621 locks will always be offered.
  • Members are trained, vetted, carry identification and are periodically assessed.
  • Prices are fair, quoted in advance and offer good value.
  • Work is fully guaranteed and receipted.

The ICL will assist its Members to achieve these aims by helping to establish a favourable operating environment, by providing a forum for discussion on non-competitive issues, and by providing information to assist them in their business.


ICL shall have the following objectives:

  • To promote non-destructive entry (NDE).
  • To be a central representative body to put the views of NDE locksmith companies to Government departments, agencies and Parliament, the European Commission and other relevant organisations.
  • To work with other responsible trade groups such as the MLA and ALA to improve the trades image with the consumer.
  • To be a research and statistical centre, to aggregate and publish statistics, and to provide analysis on NDE and other relevant locksmithing market information.
  • To be a technical centre providing commentary, guidance and advice on all legal and other regulatory developments of relevance to NDE and locksmithing.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information.


Membership of the ICL is available to companies and individuals as dictated and amended from time to time in the rules. Admission to membership is at the discretion of the Steering Group.


The Steering Group shall, at its discretion, admit as an associate of the ICL any organisation that does not offer locksmithing services but which is otherwise interested in the business, such as a supplier.

Associates shall be entitled to receive most publications and other literature prepared under the auspices of the ICL, and otherwise be entitled to participate in the affairs of the ICL as decided by the Steering Group.


The financial year of the ICL shall be the calendar year but this may be changed by resolution of the Steering Group.

The subscription scale shall be set by the Steering Group. Associates shall pay an annual subscription fixed by the Steering Group.


The ICL shall hold quarterly meetings of the Steering Group. These will have minutes taken, and an overview and announcements from these meetings will be published on the Members forum for their information.

The ICL will also hold two general meetings per year open to its membership to attend. These will be a general meeting, training and assessment day and a social event for the benefit of the Members.

The Steering Group

The affairs of the ICL shall be directed by the Steering Group, comprising a minimum of ten Members selected by the remaining Steering Group from Member nominations from the fully paid Certified Members list.

A member of the Steering Group shall cease to be a member if he resigns from, or if he ceases to hold office in, the institution in which he has hitherto held office.

Each member of the Steering Group shall have one vote. The Chairman shall have a second, or casting, vote in the event of equality.


The Institute shall publish an annual report on its activities, and a list of subscribing Members is always available on the main website. Both these documents will be published on the Institute’s website, with the membership list being always up to date.

Committees and Panels

The Steering Group may establish and maintain project groups, and may delegate matters to them. The Steering Group may appoint technical panels to advise and assist it.


The Treasurer will be one of the principals of and audited by the Steering Group. The Treasurer will hold office until resignation or by agreement of the Steering Group.

The Treasurer will provide financial reports to the Steering Group at each quarterly meeting, and an annual report which will be published to the membership.


The Steering Group may delegate any of their powers.

Revision of the Constitution

This constitution shall be amended by the ICL, provided that a majority of the Steering Group of the ICL present at the meeting vote in favour of amendments of which prior notice of at least 42 days has been given.

The logo of the Institute of Certified Locksmiths is Registered Trademark 2511132. It may be used by the Institute for its own purposes and by its Certified Members, subject to the relevant rules. Only Certified Members may display the ICL Logo. The ICL logo is a registered trademark and may only be used by paying members under license of the trademark holder upon membership payment. It may be used for paying members for their business use such as their own company website, vans, paperwork etc. It may not be used by any non paying members on their websites or elsewhere irrespective of purpose.