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Opening doors: exam results are in for aspiring architectural ironmongers

qualified architectural ironmongery professionals are celebrating
their Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
(GAI) education programme results.  

Exams were sat in 26 different countries by 390 learners.
So far, 101 students have attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) and 51
students have now completed the GAI Diploma this year. 

The Guild’s education programme continues to grow
overseas with exams held in three more countries than last
year, and 49% of learners based outside the UK. This year there
has been a particularly high number of learners in United Arab Emirates
(UAE), China and India.  

Rachel Tipton, manager of the GAI education programme,

“As the only
recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in
architectural ironmongery to British and European standards, the
GAI Diploma gives ironmongery professionals all of the skills they need to
form a compliant door hardware schedule – skills that will stay
with them for their entire career. 

“We look forward to celebrating with all of the
newly qualified Diploma holders and everyone who has supported them through
their qualification will get to celebrate with them at the Education
Awards in London on 7 November.” 

The Guild’s education portfolio is separated into two
qualifications. The CiAH 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 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 professionalism.? 

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 CPD

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

Download the prospectus from the GAI website: www.gai.org.uk