What does this mean for me as a RegAI?

For now, nothing changes. Continue with your CPD as usual, and we will be continuing to promote you and your RegAI status. 

The public and professional recognition of the RegAI designation was something identified by IAI members as one of the biggest member benefits. We have a strong community of 160 Registered Architectural Ironmongers who are our true leaders in this industry. This network is very important to us, so the intention is to strengthen this even more. 

We recently sent out a questionnaire, to find out more about the training needs in the industry and how the new organisation can really increase the depth and breadth of the education programme beyond our current offer. 

Please look out for the questionnaire and help us shape the education programme for the future in the way that really supports you in your career and professional development. 

What does this mean for me as a Diploma holder? 


We now have more than 2,500 GAI Diploma Holders around the world. It’s clear from the research what we need to keep and build on the GAI education programme. It’s obviously the jewel in our crown. 

We’re particularly interested too in the ways in which the new organisation can really support individuals into the industry and give them development opportunities through volunteering in their membership organisation. 

Last year we reviewed the way we assess Stage 3. This year, we’ve started on a project known as ‘Best in Class’ which we hope to complete by the end of 2020. This is a major review of the education content. 

We’re looking for professionals in the industry who are willing to volunteer their time to create or develop relevant educational content. We will start with the Certificate modules.  So if you have a niche area or specialist subject and can volunteer some time to support our education programme, then please get in touch with Rachel Tipton,  Rachel.tipton@gai.org.uk

What does this mean for me as a current student? 


You are the future of our industry, so we are committed to supporting you through your studies and professional development. 

It’s clear from the research what we need to keep and build on with the education programme. It’s obviously the jewel in our crown. 

But what we are now looking at is how best we can provide more training and education choices for more roles in the industry. How we can give people more options, particularly at Stage 3. 

Last year we reviewed the way we assess Stage 3. This year, we’ve started on a project known as ‘Best in Class’ which we hope will be completed by the end of 2020. This is a major review of the education content, starting with the Certificate modules. In the meantime though, continue with your studies as usual.  

What does this mean for my company? 

Our work is all focused on building a new organisation that is inclusive for individuals and corporates that is relevant for today and the future. This is step change, and it must be determined with the direct input of all members. 

Although we have completed the research, we still want your input to shape the future of the new organisation.  

We recently sent out a questionnaire, to find out more about the training needs in all our companies and how the new organisation can really increase the depth and breadth of the education programme beyond our current offer. 

Please look out for the questionnaire and help us shape the education programme for the future in the way that really supports your staff and your business needs. 

You will also see a lot of new, much more tailored and relevant membership options in future. The Membership Working Group is looking very closely at the different membership models we could offer that would support people in every role, in every part of the industry, and at every different stage in their careers. 

What does this mean for me as an IAI member? 

In the research carried out earlier this year, Institute members said they valued most our CPD content, access to local branch meetings, and the professional and public recognition that comes from being a RegAI. These are elements that we must protect in the new organisation. 

You have said that the big reasons to join the IAI are all about staying current with industry issues and learning about technical standards.  

We are already looking at what sort of CPD content is provided to keep skills and knowledge always updated, as well as where and how this is delivered.  

We want to make the most of these existing communities and networks that the Institute has developed, so although we have completed the research, we still want your feedback to help shape the future of the new organisation.  

Event
Upcoming Event South West Branch - Anti Ligature, a History and Overview 4 Mar 2020 @ 19:00 - 4 Mar 2020 @ 0:00
Upcoming Event South West Branch - Anti Ligature, a History and Overview 4 Mar 2020 @ 19:00 - 4 Mar 2020 @ 0:00