The GAI is introducing three new qualifications in the biggest-ever expansion of its education programme, to reflect changes in the industry. They will be available from September.
Two of the new qualifications are Stage 3 diplomas, providing alternative or additional options to the existing GAI Diploma.
A new Doors Systems diploma will educate on both residential and commercial type doorsets, including modules on acoustics, fire resistance, security, rebound doors, temperature control, and specialist hygiene/clean room/medical applications.
An Electric Hardware and Access Control diploma will cover in detail door entry systems, hotel locking systems and smart technology, breaking down into the technical details of each component required and the software.
The third new qualification is a Stage 3 Certificate – Standards and Regulations. This will educate on all aspects of the standards relevant to the architectural ironmongery industry and will be annually renewable and subject to an ongoing process of continuing professional development.
As Stage 3 qualifications, candidates must have completed the GAI Stage 1 & 2 Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) before entering. A conversion course will be available for those who completed their CiAH before the 2016 examination year.
Find full details of the new qualifications in the GAI Education Prospectus 2022/23