Professional Locksmiths Association of Alberta
Code of Ethics
1. Locksmiths must comply with the laws of every jurisdiction in which he or she is licensed. It is not sufficient to just observe the letter of the law; the Locksmith has important responsibilities to the trade, his/her business and the public. The following rules constitute a Code of Ethics for Locksmiths and any breach of the following may expose the Locksmith to a charge of unethical conduct and possible loss of license.
2. Locksmiths must participate only in ethical business practices.
3. Locksmiths are morally obliged to expose unethical Locksmiths or breach of conduct, and report them to the proper authorities
4. Adhere to the Criminal code in private and in your professional life, be of good character and reputation and maintain moral and ethical values in pursuing your activities.
5. An offence is committed if a Locksmith makes, publishes or circulates any oral, written, or printed statement which is false, malicious, or defamatory regarding any other Locksmith or his/her contracts, or his/her business; or which might injure any person engaged in the Locksmith industry, or one of their clients.
6. Document and record duties for legal purposes and only when required by law, are you to divulge such confidential information. Realize relevant law and provide optimal resources to them.
7. Race, Religion, Ethnic origin, Social status, Sex, Age, Health status, Political affiliations, and/or Personal motive shall not compromise security.
8. Service to the public is a primary function of our trade, and it is in our best interest to be considerate and courteous to the public.
9. We shall not be party to exploiting customers. Respect their individual needs and values. Do not coerce or use manipulative tactics, or intimidate a client to obtain a contract.
Honoring the Trade
10. Encourage individuals with appropriate potential to consider a career in Locksmithing.
11. Honor you trade and its traditions, promote excellence in the trade, act with authority, protect the profession, and advocate for change.
12. Inherent in the Code is the fundamental concept of impeccable honesty and integrity, as well as loyalty and dedication. A Locksmith’s attitude of professional competence is incomplete without integrity. Remember that integrity and professional ability should be your best advertisement.
13. A Locksmith is in a position of trust, so conduct yourself in a manner that inspires the public’s respect and confidence. In addition, as a Locksmith, it is your responsibility to be accountable to the public you serve, as well as other members in the trade.
Licenses / Staying Current
14. Issue of License shall be upon receipt of an application and the payment of a prescribed fee. This is provided the Journeyman is satisfied that the application is a suitable person for the industry and intends to hold him or herself with professional demeanor. On the whole, this person shall be assessed as having the capacity to carry on business in good faith as a Locksmith.
The requirement “Suitable Person” is usually interpreted to mean;
A. Of good character and reputation,
B. Possesses reasonable educational qualifications,
C. Abides by the current Alberta Apprenticeship Laws,
D. Is able to show that the application is not meant for the purpose of obtaining a license to act in a criminal manner, or with an unlawful motive.
15. Revocation of License, or suspension, will occur if, after due investigation, it is determined that the holder of the license;
A. Has made a material misstatement in the application for the renewal of a license.
B. Has violated the Criminal Code or Locksmith regulations,
C. Has demonstrated incompetency or untrustworthiness to act as a Locksmith
16. An Advisory Board can be appointed to conduct a hearing and make recommendations, following a disagreement or refusal of an application for a License.
17. The Locksmith must be well prepared with appropriate knowledge, abilities, and skills as well as the willingness to continuously upgrade and maintain this knowledge at a consistently high level.
18. Maintain a harmonious relationship with members of this profession and other related industries.
19. Contribute to the development of the industry, exchange information and support the professional organizations at the local, national, and international levels.
20. Always be current with licensing and certificates.
Ethical Business Conduct
21. Seek fair and honest remuneration, and be responsible for setting a value on your services, provided that no law is contravened or does not involve any unauthorized practices.
22. Recognize your limitations; collaborate with experts in other professional disciplines when needed.
23. The Locksmith accepts responsibility for work done and insures a quality of work done.
24. The Locksmith must not make any false or misleading statements or representation in the course of selling or servicing contracts. In addition, the Locksmith is also obliged to disclose accurately and completely all information required by a client to enable a decision to be made. It is also just as wrong to omit information or important details.
25. A Locksmith must not, directly or indirectly, rebate or attempt to rebate all or any part of a payment for a contract. This includes any gift as an inducement to make a contract; any paid employment, contract for services, or inducement of any kind intended to be in the nature of a rebate of payment; and any negotiation of a sale of an individual contract in respect of which a reduced special payment has been established on the understanding that the Locksmith will forgo all or part of the regular commission normally payable. In not circumstances shall a Locksmith make a gift of anything of value as an inducement to establish a contract.
26. Locksmiths must hold in strictest confidence and protect all personal, business, and security information available to theme in the course of their professional duties. It is unethical to betray the trust of the consumer. If you need to discuss the individual’s affairs with any other person, the Locksmith must secure permission, preferably in writing.
27. Provide security information in a trustful, understandable, and sensitive way to the customer.
28. Ensure safety in handling confidential information.