Foundation in Hardware

The Foundation in Hardware module is about understanding the basics with an online toolkit. Including tests that you may attempt as often and as many times as you choose to pass the course and gain your certificate. The course deadline is 6 months from the date of the enrolment. At the end you take an online test and, upon successful completion, print your certificate of competence. Click HERE to view a presentation. This is a short overview of the Foundation in Hardware module. In just two and a half minutes it sets out to provide an appetiser of the style and the content of the module itself.

GAI members should use their members’ voucher when paying for The Foundation in Hardware. You should login HERE to see your voucher code in the GAI Members’ Area.

Who should enrol?

The Foundation in Hardware is an education module that has been created by the GAI as a basis for people wishing to gain some insight and information in to the world of architectural ironmongery.

  • locksmiths
  • builders merchants' staff eg; sales, trade counter, etc
  • back of house staff at AI companies and many others
  • those who don't live and breathe Architectural Ironmongery as their day-to-day job

The module can be found on the Building Academy website and you can access the module directly HERE


GAI members - £190 (exc. vat)

Non members - £380 (exc. vat)

Please note that to access the module you will have to enrol onto the Building Academy website HERE

If you have any queries please email or you can phone Head Office on 020 7033 2480.

Please note that this course will need to be completed within 6 months after enrolment.

It is an online course consisting of 12 modules with a final exam. The module can be studied at the users preferred pace and the exam can be retaken as many times as is needed as the aim of the course is to create an understanding of door hardware. A Certificate of Competence can be downloaded once the exam has been passed.

Discount Code

If you are signing up for The Foundation in Hardware and you are a GAI member you will require a voucher code to obtain the members’ rate.

Members should email to receive your code before purchase.