Top marks for education.

Bumper crop of students for GAI education

Published:  20 October, 2011

LONDON: This year's results from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers' education programme showed an improved pass rate at Levels 1 and 2, and a 'bumper crop' of new diploma holders with the right to use the DipGAI letters after their names after passing at Level 3. 

These newly qualified diploma holders now have the opportunity to continue their education through the GAI's CPD programme and become Registered Architectural Ironmongers (Reg AI), the zenith of professionalism in the architectural ironmongery field.

The outstanding results from this year's exams reflect the GAI's continued commitment to education excellence," said managing director Gary Amer.

Level 1: 71% of candidates passed – almost identical to last year.

Level 2: 70% of candidates passed – a typically average year.

Level 3: Business studies: the pass rate for this element has improved this year to 81%, demonstrating that students have found the open learning style of the manuals far easier to follow and understand.

Level 3 scheduling: "There was a pass rate of 75% for this paper which again points to the benefits of the new manuals," Mr Amer said. "The top papers were of exceptional quality and the overall level was significantly higher than in previous years."

The newly qualified Diploma Holders will receive their certificates at the GAI Awards Lunch will be held on Thursday 3 November 2011 at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington, London.

The event is being hosted TV sports presented and guest speaker, Steve Rider. This occasion will also see the award of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the leading year three students, and the announcement of the GAI Pinnacle Award sponsored by Assa Abloy for the best student over the past three years.

This year's GAI education results have been marked by a significant increase in the number of overseas students taking the exams and becoming qualified, particularly in the Middle and Far East.

Keith Maer, the GAI's education manager, commented: "The GAI's education syllabus is unique. It is the only recognised programme in Europe that leads to a qualification in ironmongery specification. It is respected and admired not only in our own trade in the UK, but among specifiers, contractors and clients alike across the world."

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