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GAI Certificate Stage 1 (2022 coursework)
TYPE Online Curriculum
DURATION 60 hours
approximate total study time



Stage 1 is a solid footing into learning about many products that are collectively known as architectural hardware. There are many topics which are arranged in 4 learning blocks each with modules that total 12 over the entire Stage 1 syllabus. Success at Stage 1 enables you to continue to achieve The Certificate in Architectural Hardware by the combination of marks from both Stage 1 and 2. This is an online distance learning course with support to be provided by industry professionals, peers and employers.

Further details are available on the ‘Content’ tab or in the GAI 2021/22 Prospectus available here. Please note the Terms and Conditions of enrolment detailed in the Prospectus.

You may wish to consider ‘fast-track’ by studying Stages 1 & 2 together in the same year. It can be done if you have the time and commitment. You will need to enrol for both Stages.

Enrolment deadline 17th December 2021. Terms and Conditions can be found in the GAI Prospectus.



The overall objective of Stage 1 is to provide a solid foundation of product knowledge across a broad spectrum of the subjects listed below.


Stage 1 comprises 12 modules:

  • Handing of hardware
  • Hinges
  • Metals, metal finishes and plastics
  • Timber doors and frames
  • Seals
  • Steel doors and frames
  • Door closing devices Part 1
  • Locks and Latches Part 1
  • Fixings and fastenings
  • Hardware Part 1
  • Door bolts
  • Basic scheduling


Upon enrolment either an invoice will be sent to your Finance Department and upon receipt of payment you will be given access to the modules, or you may choose to enrol and pay by Paypal and the course material will be released immediately. Throughout the 12 modules there are self-check questions to ensure that you have adequately grasped and understood the various topics. At the end of each of the 4 learning blocks there is a set of ‘must-do’ course work (block assessment) questions. The marks achieved in these will form part of your overall assessment of Stage 1.

At the end of Stage 1, you will sit a final online examination, upon successful completion of this, your marks will be carried forward to Stage 2 in order to achieve The Certificate in Architectural Hardware.


If you would like to know about our training programmes please contact:

Education Administator - John Ward
The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
BFP House, 6 Bath Place, Rivington Street
London EC2A 3JE

Tel: 020 7033 2480

Email: education@gai.org.uk

Phone: 0207 033 2480
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