Q  I've seen the word "GPLA" on a couple of locksmiths' Yellow Pages ads.  What does "GPLA" mean ?

 

A  GPLA stands for the Greater Philadelphia Locksmith Association. GPLA is a trade association of qualified, ethical, professional locksmiths who are actively engaged in supplying, servicing, or installing locks keys and all other related lines of the security industry. GPLA assures you as a consumer that you are dealing with a professional locksmith, a dedicated individual who not only has the educational and technical competence, but a real desire to provide the right security for you and your property.  So how do you know that you are dealing with an GPLA member?   There are several ways,  you can  look in the Yellow Pages for the locksmith who uses the GPLA symbol or logo, or you could go to our website at www.gpla.org on the main page you will find a box “ Find your Locksmith” click on that box enter your zip code and a list of all the GPLA members in your area will appear.    Every GPLA member carries an GPLA identification card to show proof of his or her qualifications. Many members have taken the time to study special-interest areas, such as safes, automotive security, to name a few.

 

After passing a test, are members are designated as either as the following Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL), Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL), Certified Master Locksmith (CML), Certified Professional Safe smith (CPS),  Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Institutional Locksmith (CIL), Certified Institutional Journeymen Locksmith (CIJL) or Certified Protection Professional (CPP)