Last edited 23 Nov 2020

Guild of Architectural Ironmongers


[edit] Introduction

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is the only trade body in the UK that represents the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry - architectural ironmongers, wholesalers and manufacturers. The GAI has more than 300 members in 27 countries.

Its reputation is built on three key areas: education, technical support and community.

Its qualifications, education and CPD programmes are widely respected in the UK and overseas, including the GCC and Hong Kong.

The GAI’s technical information service is the only specialist service of its kind for door and window hardware specialists and specifiers. It provides GAI members with comprehensive advice on issues relating to the legislation, regulations and standards governing the use of architectural ironmongery and related hardware.

The GAI was founded in Birmingham in 1961.

[edit] Governance

The GAI is led by an executive committee that comprises of senior management from a cross-section of full members who work for large and small organisations in architectural ironmongery. It is run by the industry, for the industry.

Operations and day-to–day management are led by the GAI’s director, Angie Corkhill. The current president is David Stacey who holds the position until May 2019.

The GAI’s committees manage its core activities:

[edit] GAI Education Programme

The GAI has been providing a unique education, qualification and CPD programme for people who work in and around the architectural ironmongery industry since 1961.

The GAI runs a three-year Diploma programme covering all aspects of architectural ironmongery. It is designed for everyone working in the architectural ironmongery industry, regardless of their location in the world, and is constantly updated to reflect changes in the industry.

There are three stages to the programme and success in the third stage leads to the award of the GAI Diploma. Each stage is designed to be completed comfortably in a year.

[edit] Foundation in Hardware

The GAI education programme starts with the Foundation in Hardware module, an online introductory course designed to raise knowledge and standards among those who need to understand the basics but don’t need to live and breathe ironmongery in their day-to-day jobs.

[edit] Stage 2: Certificate in Architectural Hardware

The Certificate in Architectural Hardware comprises two stages, with a total of 25 updated education modules available online, covering everything a practising architectural ironmonger is required to know. The modules include helpful explanations, animations and video clips, all geared to engage learners in easily digestible chunks. There are also unlimited self-tests.

[edit] Stage 3: GAI Diploma

Beyond the Certificate, learners can continue their studies to achieve the prestigious GAI Diploma. This stage focuses entirely on the skills and learning needed for scheduling, of particular importance to those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe.

The GAI’s education syllabus is the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.

Learners on the GAI education programme have come from 27 different countries, with nearly half of them based outside the UK, including from Sri Lanka, Canada, India, China, South Africa and the Gulf. Particularly high numbers of qualifications have been noted from South Africa, Dubai and Hong Kong.

[edit] CPD

GAI Diploma holders continue building their knowledge through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and may then become Registered Architectural Ironmongers (RegAI).

CPD points can be gained though additional routes, such as personal knowledge, development at trade shows and exhibitions, reading industry related articles, and learning via Guild and Institute approved podcasts and videos from trade bodies including the RIBA and BSI.

[edit] GAI Technical Content

Through the GAI’s Technical Information Service, members have access to a library of technical updates, RIBA-approved CPD materials and other information which is regularly updated, enabling them to offer informed services to their clients.

[edit] External references

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