The Certificate in Standards and Regulations is an ongoing training programme to educate on all aspects of the standards relevant to the architectural ironmongery industry.

This Stage 3 certificate course is ideal for anyone specifying architectural ironmongery or working with architectural ironmongery specifications, who wants to build and demonstrate the technical expertise and understanding to know what can and should be specified, why, and the consequences of getting it wrong.

It is also ideal for anyone involved in the supply chain with responsibility for testing products in their business, or importing products with responsibility for checking certification.

The course leads to qualification as a Certificated Standards and Regulations Advisor (CertSRA), an annually assessed certification which must be renewed each year through a GAI CPD programme and annual online examination.

This course includes content across the following areas:


Stage One

  • Introduction to standards and regulations
  • The legal status of standards
  • How to select the appropriate standard
  • Standards compliance as a protection
  • Building regulations and standards
  • Sourcing

Stage Two

  • Standards and regulations of the ironmonger
  • Guides to Standards – best practice guides
  • Code of Practice for Hardware for fire and escape doors

Stage Three

  • Comparison between BS/EN and American standards
  • Specification and supply:
  • Consequences of ignoring defined risks
  • UK Building Safety Act
  • UK Fire Safety Act 

On average, learners will be expected to dedicate 80 hours to studying over a one-year period, with the exact amount depending on each individual learner.

The course is run to an academic year and enrolments open 1st September.

Learners who complete or have completed the Certificate in Architectural Hardware from Summer 2021 onwards can enrol directly on to the Certificate in Standards and Regulations. Learners who completed the Certificate in Architectural Hardware or GAI Diploma before this date must complete a bridging course which can be taken in advance of, or concurrently with, the new certificate course.

Due to the amount of time required for concurrent study, learners selecting this option may choose to take their final examination on with the traditional June exam day or one of the retake dates in September or October.

Each learner will answer a set of compulsory coursework questions at the end of each stage of learning and must achieve a minimum score of 80% to sit a final examination held at a PearsonVue test centre.

On successful completion of the final examination:

  • A certificate confirming Certificated Standards and Regulations Advisor status will be issued, and learners may use the post nominals CertSRA.
  • Due to frequent changes in Standards and Regulations, this certification will have an annual expiry date of 31st August.
  • It will therefore be a mandatory requirement for the learner to follow the GAI CPD programme and to also sit an annual online examination to maintain their CertSRA status.

This course is ideally suited to anyone specifying architectural ironmongery or working with architectural ironmongery specifications, who wants to build and demonstrate the technical expertise and understanding to know what can and should be specified, why, and the consequences of getting it wrong.

 

It will also meet the needs of those involved in the supply chain with responsibility for testing products in their business, or importing products with responsibility for checking certification.