The Guild launched a wide range of new online activities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are delighted to report that we have seen - and continue to see - huge demand for this type of learning.
Since we launched our CPD webinars in April 2020 we have registered more than 4,000 attendees across 77 sessions. These webinars have covered almost all aspects of architectural ironmongery and specification, and are available in the member’s area for you to re-watch or catch up with if you missed them first time around.
Looking at the numbers from 2020/21, the most popular five webinars were:
1. CE marking, UKCA marking and the CPR.
2. Cutting Edge Access Control
3. Selling and specifying in a pandemic world
4. Behind closed doors - managing fire door safety
5. Secured by Design (Placing Design between Crime & the Community)
But in fact, every single webinar has been well attended, and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. Here are some members’ comments following attending sessions over the course of the year:
“I strongly recommend the GAI webinars to anyone involved in the field of architectural hardware. The GAI has developed a comprehensive range of online learning during lockdown for individuals and companies who want to stay up to date with the latest industry news and standards.” - Managing Director
“Thanks for the webinar this morning, very informative and info-rich. I was once again reminded how grateful I am that we have you sitting on those boards and committees.” – Area Sales Manager
“Thank you to the Guild and in particular Douglas for arranging and delivering the CPD presentations via Webinar. They’ve been a big help during the pandemic, from the content and variety of topics to having the choice of times and days which gives the flexibility to attend them working around our current lifestyles!” – Managing Director
“I found the webinar interesting and useful, and it had much more of a personal touch than I imagined it would.” – Associate Director
Looking ahead to the coming year, we are committed to continually developing our CPD webinar offering. We’ll be conducting new webinars on a variety of topics including:
- Fire testing and third-party certification – this presentation will explore the impact of fire testing on ironmongery, the relevant standards (both BS and EN) and the impact on third party certification
- Commercial selling skills – a dive into whole life costing, how to minimise the risk of specification breaking and the impact of value engineering
Further topics will be added in due course and members will be informed when they are scheduled.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our webinar programme by attending, engaging, and providing feedback. And, of course, our special thanks go to all those organisations and individuals who have given so generously of their expertise, experience and time in presenting webinars with us.
Remember, members can access a full list of past webinars, alongside a recording of the session to watch at their leisure click here: CPD Presentation List