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Challenge yourself: become a qualified door hardware professional

ironmongers who are keen to complete their career
to become a fully qualified door hardware professional can
now re-enrol in the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) education
programme, without having to start from the beginning.   

The Challenge Exam is designed for those who have taken a
break during their studies of the GAI Diploma (stage 3) or the Certificate in
Architectural Hardware (stage 1 or 2) training courses for three
years or more.  

It consists of a short test covering all areas of the last
stage of learning that they have passed. Once the Challenge Exam
has been passed, they can then progress to the next stage of the
education programme without having to start at stage 1 again. 

There will be two challenge exams held this year
ready for potential students to enrol in the
2019/20 programme. Both exams will be held at the GAI head
office in London on 14 August and 3 December 2019. Online
invigilation can be arranged for international
students who would like to take the exam. 

The Guild’s education
programme is the only?recognised?programme in the world that leads to
a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.?It is open to
all industry professionals and trainees across the world, not
just those within GAI membership.   

There are two
qualifications available within the GAI education programme. The
Certificate in?Architectural Hardware?(CiAH)?consists of two stages with 24 education
modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know.?? 

Once this has been completed,
students may choose to continue their studies by enrolling
for 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

The?2019/20 education programme
prospectus?has?been?published on the GAI website, outlining the qualifications,
course content and training support available. It also gives further
information on becoming a Registered Architectural
Ironmonger (RegAI) through the Continued Professional Development
(CPD) programme. The programme offers flexibility for busy
professionals and far more opportunity to gain the CPD

Enrolments?are open
from 2 September until 20 December 2019.?? 

For more information on how to apply for the Challenge
Exam, email education@gai.org.uk.