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GAI Certificate Stage 2 (2022 coursework)
TYPE Online Curriculum
DURATION 80 hours
approximate total study time
DESCRIPTION GAI Certificate Stage 2 (2022 coursework)



Stage 2 builds upon the solid learning of Stage 1. In fact, several of the modules are an extension of the topics that were covered at Stage 1. There are 12 modules which are arranged in 4 learning blocks and upon successful completion you will achieve The Certificate in Architectural Hardware. This is an online distance learning course with support to be provided by industry professionals, peers and employers. For Stage 2 and 3 learners, the GAI also offers face to face training to those that require it.

Further details are available on the ‘Content’ tab or in the GAI 2021/22 Prospectus available here.

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


The overall objective of Stage 2 is to provide in-depth study of many products enabling you to be confident in your knowledge when engaging with colleagues, customers and suppliers. This platform of knowledge is needed if you are to go on to learn how to schedule ironmongery and achieve your GAI Diploma.


Stage 1 comprises of 12 modules:

  • Fire door hardware
  • Door closing devices Part 2
  • Escape door hardware
  • Locks and latches Part 2
  • Hardware Part 2
  • Lettering nameplates and graphic symbols
  • Specialist hardware
  • Electric hardware
  • Access control
  • Intermediate scheduling
  • Manufacturing and sourcing
  • Commercial awareness


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. 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.

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

Upon enrolment, you will receive an email from GAI examination provider Pearson VUE. It is advisory to book your examination time immediately to avoid disappointment. The examination date is set and cannot be changed.


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

Education Administrator - 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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