GAI launches updated Foundation in Hardware

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has relaunched its introductory qualification, The Foundation in Hardware, with updated content and a new online learning platform.

The GAI Foundation in Hardware is a flexible online course for those just starting out in the sector, providing an ideal induction course for back-of-house, trade counter, support, or new employees at architectural ironmongery companies.   

It also provides a basic understanding of the industry for those who aren’t involved in the detail of architectural ironmongery in their day-to-day job, at companies such as locksmiths or builders’ merchants. 

The course contents, fully revised and updated for 2023, cover the basics of architectural hardware, fire and escape doors, and access control. Comprising 12 online modules, the course can be progressed at the learner’s own pace with up to six months for completion.  

The Foundation course has also been integrated into the GAI’s new Learning Hub, providing a single platform that can support learners from the Foundation and on to the Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) and GAI diploma courses as required.  

GAI Training & Development Manager Rachel Tipton said: “The new Foundation in Hardware course provides a fully up to date introduction to the world of architectural hardware, including the latest products, technologies and relevant standards.  

“The GAI Learning Hub provides the perfect environment for online learning, and helps make the Foundation course the perfect platform on which to build your career or future development.”