Getting to grips with door hardware

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has introduced an innovative new development in its respected education portfolio: the Foundation Module in Hardware. The new module – with online learning and examination so it can be completed at any pace – is aimed at anyone who wants to get a basic grasp of door hardware quickly, simply and at an attractive cost.

The new GAI Foundation Module is aimed at those who do not deal with hardware all day, every day in their line of work but do require working knowledge of the subject – so it is perfect for builders merchants, locksmiths, office support staff at architectural ironmongers or anyone who simply wants to gain a positive but basic knowledge about door hardware.

The course comprises twelve sections with ’test yourself’ questions at the end of each. It is intended to provide an insight into many of the aspects of architectural hardware, including hinges, closers, locks and furniture. There are also sections dealing with fire doors, escape hardware and a brief insight into the legislation surrounding all of these products. It is taken entirely online and includes an end of module exam. Success in this exam provides a Certificate of Competence in ‘The Foundation in Hardware’. Candidates can take as much or little time as they wish to complete the course and take the exam, and can fit studying for the GAI Foundation Module around their work easily.

GAI Education Manager Keith Maer says:

“The module has been designed for those who don’t live and breathe ironmongery as their day-to-day job. It will give users a basic, realistic understanding of products that hang, close, lock, and then furnish a door, as well as information of fire and escape doors.”

The new GAI Foundation Module is part of the organisation’s ongoing commitment to improving, progressing and upholding the highest possible standards of knowledge, practice and competence in door hardware. Keith Maer says:

“Door hardware plays a vital role in every single building. Doors and their fittings are some of the few moving parts in any building and help toward the smooth passage of people in, out and around it. Part of this movement of people relates to both fire safety and accessibility for all concerned, including those who may be less able. With regards to fire safety, it could be literally a matter of life and death if incorrect fittings are specified, supplied and fitted.”

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers represents the majority of architectural ironmongers in the UK as well as the leading manufacturers of architectural ironmongery. The Guild also administers the benchmark qualifications for professional architectural ironmongers that is recognised and valued across the globe and is dedicated to raising standards and encouraging best practice in all aspects of the sector.