Enrolment open for the GAI education programme

The GAI has launched its new prospectus for the upcoming academic year. The new prospectus provides potential students with an overview of the Guild’s education programme which has been developed over 50 years and is the only internationally recognised architectural ironmongery qualification to British and European standards. 

Rachel Tipton, GAI education manager, said: “Door hardware professionals and those involved in the specification of construction products, locksmiths and trade counter staff are being encouraged to demonstrate their competency through proven qualifications. We are continually developing our courses to ensure that they are up to date with the ever-evolving architectural ironmongery product offerings and legislation.

“The GAI education programme is suitable for architectural ironmongers, trade counter staff, wholesalers and manufacturers; anyone who encounters door hardware on a regular basis and wants to ensure they are always giving the best possible advice to their customers.”

The core of the education portfolio is separated into two qualifications. The Certificate in Architectural Hardware consists of two stages with 24 education modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know, supported with eight block assessments to test the students’ understanding. 

Once learners have attained their certificate, they can continue their studies to achieve the GAI Diploma. This stage focuses entirely on the skills and learning needed for scheduling the architectural ironmongery, electric hardware and key control for a project, and is of particular importance to those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe. Once they have completed the diploma, they become a DipGAI, an industry recognised symbol of professionalism. 

Enrolments are open from 1 September until 17 December 2021. Download the prospectus from the GAI website:

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