The Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) provides architectural ironmongery professionals with a thorough grounding in products, standards and industry best practice. 

Read on for more information, and scroll to the bottom of the page to enrol and take the next step on your GAI learning journey today!

The CiAH is a self-led online course comprising 24 separate modules which together cover everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know.

The course is delivered in two stages, which may be taken in one year or two.

Subjects include door furniture, locks, closing devices, signage, scheduling and much more.

Features include: 

  • Online learning and examinations at a PearsonVue test centre
  • Helpful explanations, animations and video clips in every module, designed to engage learners in easily digestible chunks of material 
  • Unlimited self-tests throughout the course 
  • The three top awards of the CiAH are invited to the annual GAI Education Awards and presented with a cash prize

The CiAH the perfect next step for learners who have completed the Foundation in Hardware course and want to continue to expand their knowledge 
It is also ideal for a range of architectural ironmongery and construction sector professionals – either those just starting out, or those with more experience but looking to expand their knowledge of architectural ironmongery in particular. Candidates typically work at: 

  • Architectural ironmongers 
  • Architectural ironmongery manufacturers 
  • Doorset manufacturers  
  • Architectural ironmongery distributors 
  • Locksmiths 
  • Builders’ merchants 
  • Sales or trade counters