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What Certifications Are Needed to Advance Your Career in the Door & Hardware Industry?

Our last post Keep Learning about Traditional, New and Innovative Door Security Solutions covered training resources from ASSA ABLOY, aimed at helping distributors, end-users, locksmiths, systems integrators, and other door security professionals become more proficient in everything related to door security. Now we are expanding on that to cover industry certifications and learning paths.

One of the most versatile, relevant, and respected credentials in the door security industry is the Architectural Opening Consultant (AOC) from DHI. This credential is given to those who have earned Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDCs), and Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC) certifications. Being an AOC indicates the individual is a door opening expert – broadly qualified to consult on all mechanical and electric hardware, custom door and frame product applications, and interfacing access control systems into fire alarm systems while maintaining code requirements.

DHI Certifications

Since 2016, DHI has introduced certifications to cover specific areas of knowledge, for those interested in a more specialized career path. These include:

  • Detailing, estimating and project management – Door and Hardware Technician (DHT) and the higher level Door & Hardware Consultant (DHC).
  • Writing or editing CSI door opening specifications for building renovations and retrofit projects – Door & Hardware Specification Consultant (DHSC).
  • Planning access control and electronic access control (EAC) systems for large projects – Access Control System Consultant (ACSC).
  • Inspecting and testing fire door assemblies, creating reports, and recommending corrective actions – Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (FDAI) certification

SDI Learning Programs

The Steel Door Institute (SDI) offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for in-demand areas of expertise. Online courses that satisfy (American Institute of Architects) AIA or Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) continuing education hours include include:

Many distributors, system integrators, and other solutions providers value credentialed employees, and even promote such qualifications on their websites. So if you have or are working towards these credentials, make it known!

Additional Resources

DHI Certifications and Credentials


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