The GAI Diploma in Scheduling is recognised worldwide as a ‘must have’ qualification for professionals involved in architectural ironmongery scheduling, estimating and support. 

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!

Building on the product knowledge gained in the CiAH qualification, the GAI Diploma in Scheduling focuses on the skills and knowledge required for specifying and scheduling – essential for architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards.

The GAI Diploma in Scheduling will give you the confidence and competence to discuss the ironmongery and access control requirements for any project, including the ability to write suitable architectural ironmongery and access control specifications, whether you’re talking to an architect, builder, joinery contractor, building manager or a homeowner.

The Stage 3 GAI Diploma in Scheduling course comprises the following modules: 

  • Electric Hardware 
  • Access Control 
  • Appreciating Architects Drawings 
  • Master Keying 
  • The Scheduling of Architectural Hardware 


On average learners will be expected to dedicate 80+ hours, with regular practical scheduling exercises.

The GAI Diploma in Scheduling course provides a blended learning experience involving opportunities for both online and physical event learning, including a recommended three-day training course to prepare for the final examination.

The written Stage 3 examination is sat at a venue organised by the GAI. In this you will be asked to prepare a full architectural hardware and access control schedule complete with a key control system for the project. Upon successful completion of this you will achieve the GAI Diploma in Scheduling:

  • The most widely recognised and respected qualification in the architectural ironmongery industry. 

  • A unique breadth of knowledge and understanding with a focus on the practical requirements of producing professional architectural ironmongery specifications.  

  • Successful candidates will receive their GAI Diploma in Scheduling at the annual Education Awards, and may use the post-nominal letters DipGAI 

  • Completion enables you to join the CPD Programme, demonstrating your ongoing commitment to your professional development and working towards Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI) status. 

Click here to read more about GAI continuing professional development (CPD) and RegAI status

The GAI Diploma in Scheduling is suitable for those who have completed The Certificate in Architectural Hardware course and want to develop their competence in practical application.

It will prove invaluable to anyone whose role involves talking to architects or contractors, and scheduling, estimating and providing technical support on architectural hardware.

It also sets an ideal standard for professionals who have already worked in the industry for some years, and want to progress their skills and demonstrate their competence.