GAI expands education offer with three new qualifications

Enrolment is now open for three new GAI qualifications, in the biggest-ever expansion of the GAI’s education programme. 

The Foundation in Hardware course and the Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) remain as before, but the changes provide a broader range of options from there.

The existing GAI Diploma (DipGAI) remains, renamed as the Diploma in Scheduling. Two new diplomas have been introduced: the Diploma in Door Systems (DipDS); and the Diploma in Electric Hardware & Access Control (DipAC).

The third new qualification is a Certificate in Standards and Regulations. This will educate on all aspects of the standards relevant to the architectural ironmongery industry, and require annual renewal.

Each of these four ‘Stage 3’ level qualifications will lead to a CPD programme towards registered/certified status, in line with the existing Registered Architectural Ironmongery (RegAI) standard.

GAI training and development manager Rachel Tipton said: “The new courses give successful CiAH learners a broader range of options as they move on to their Stage 3 studies, and existing DipGAI holders an opportunity to broaden their expertise.”

As Stage 3 qualifications, candidates must complete the GAI Certificate in Architectural Hardware (Stages 1 and 2) before entering. Learners who completed their CiAH or DipGAI before Summer 2021 must also take a bridging course which can be studied in advance of, or concurrently with, the new qualification. The deadline for enrolments 16 December, but the earliest possible start is recommended.

Full details of the new qualifications can be found in the GAI Education Prospectus 2022/23, available at

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