Through its courses, qualifications and continuing professional development, the GAI has established an internationally recognised benchmark for ironmongery expertise and knowledge.

The GAI education programme has been developed over 50 years, and is the only programme in the world that leads to qualifications in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.

The GAI programme provides those working in the architectural ironmongery profession all of the tools required to specify and schedule architectural ironmongery and access control for any project with complete confidence.
Our courses and qualifications are suitable for a wide range of professionals working in, and with, the architectural ironmongery sector, including:

Architectural ironmongers
Architectural technicians
Builders’ merchants

About The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI)

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is the voice of the architectural ironmongery sector.

Working as a not-for-profit professional association, the GAI supports, assures and represents architectural ironmongers, wholesalers, and manufacturers around the world.

We promote the highest standards of education, technical excellence and professionalism in our sector, and promote these standards to the wider construction industry and its clients.

To achieve our mission of advancing architectural ironmongery, we collaborate with trade bodies across all areas of construction including: the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the Construction Products Association (CPA); Charted Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT); and the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS); as well as overseas trade bodies like the Door Hardware Institute (DHI).