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Aspiring architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchant staff and locksmiths can enrol on the programme that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards. The enrolment deadline for the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) 2018-19 programme has been extended to Friday, January 18.

This year’s cohort of students will go through the new Stage 3 exam format. Starting in June, students will be required to complete four door schedules that they will take in to the exam. This new pre-examination work will let students complete the schedule at their own pace, and access support and guidance from colleagues and the GAI. In the final examination they will be required to specify and schedule hardware for 14 doors and allow for access control products where required. Students will also have to check for any revisions to the four doors that were scheduled in the pre-examination work, and prepare a key control schedule and pre-amble complete with the relevant standards.

Rachel Tipton, pictured, manager of the programme at the GAI, said: “We’re always asking for feedback from previous and current students to ensure that the course is delivering relevant content and is going to teach them the skills needed in their careers. After reviewing recent responses, we have developed the final exam to make it more like a scenario they may experience in their career. This change will reduce the amount of writing in the final exam without compromising our standards of assessment.”

The GAI programme is separated into two. The Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) consists of two stages with 24 education modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know.

Once learners have gained their CiAH, they can continue to the GAI Diploma. This stage focuses on the skills and learning needed for scheduling, and is particularly for those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe. Once they have the diploma, they become a DipGAI.

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